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R: Vojkovich family, Skagit River Ranch

Filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin will appear along with their acclaimed documentary film “Good Food”, showing April 23rd and 24th, Fri. and Sat. at the Friday Harbor House Hotel and Bluff Restaurant. (For more info on Friday Harbor House, scroll down this post.)

"Good Food" will be presented FREE to the public both days as part of Land & Sea chapter's ongoing informal film fest/teach in.

"Good Food" visits producers, farmers’ markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all. Featuring number of Washington state and Pacific Northwest sustainable and organic farmers, the film was an official selection at both the UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) and SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival)!

Pacific Northwest farms and farmers seen in the film include Billy Allstot and Stephanie Blackstead of Tonasket, Blue Heron Farm, Hilario Alvarez, and Doc, Connie and Travis Hatfield, founders of Country Natural Beef - the marketing cooperative of family ranchers.

Filmmaker Melissa Young wrote "I think the Skagit River Ranch folks on the [film] poster, Eiko, George and Daughter Nicole Vojkovich, use the same mobile slaughter unit as some of the farmers in the San Juan islands".
(That would be the nation's first mobile unit, pioneered by Lopez farmer Bruce Dunlop and Lopez Island's Lopez Community Land Trust! The unit travels to both Skagit and San Juan counties).

On response to the film - Melissa tells us an organizer at a recent showing told her "Thank you so much for your great work for the community and the planet. I was inspired!"

Other reviews:

"Good Food" is an exciting, thoughtful and provocative movie that asks -- and answers -- the question: what could life look like if we really wanted to have healthy food for healthy communities? The film tells inspiring stories of not just what is possible, but what is really happening on the ground and in the ground to restore our farms, our health, and our families and communities."
Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council President, author of Local Food Action Initiative

Chef Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s Restaurant, Seattle wrote “I’m very, very excited about Good Food, a documentary that will help us understand and promote sustainable agriculture".

More film reviews can be found here .

photo below, right: Doc, Connie and Travis Hatfield, founders of the marketing cooperative of family ranchers, Country Natural Beef

above, left: Farmer Hilario Alvarez shows off his colorful strings of peppers. Photos Melissa Young
Location of the free screening and filmmakers presentation:
the beautiful new
San Juan Room at the Friday Harbor House Hotel and Bluff Restaurant and Bar.

This lovely room has the latest a-v equipment including drop-down screen, and features art of the Pacific Northwest and a large fireplace.
These screenings and filmmaker presentation are free to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Friday Harbor House and a tip from Ian Byington,
Thanks, Ian, and Thanks to Lisa, Wendy, Michael, and Joseph of Friday Harbor House!

  • Friday evening, April 23rd at 8:30 pm
  • Sat. April 24th, at 2pm
  • Sat. April 24th at 8 pm
Land & Sea chapter recommends you consider dinner reservations at Friday Harbor House's incredible restaurant, the Bluff, before or after the film, (360-378-8455).
Or, stop in for appetizers and a glass of wine at the new Bluff Bar, situated to look out over the dining room and across the gorgeous bluff view of the harbor and Brown, Shaw, and Orcas islands in the distance. There are astonishing bargains in the happy hour "Beat the Tide" specials Tues - Sat.

Mention Land & Sea or Slow Food at the Friday Harbor House, or at Compost It! in downtown Friday Harbor to receive Bluff Bucks coupons worth 10% off room rates & bottle wine purchases at the Bluff.

The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House's affordable menu features a large number of San Juan Islands' farmers, fishermen, and food artisans. Dinner, lunch and appetizer plates showcase freshness and incredible flavors. The wine list is carefully selected. Delicious flavors and value are both well represented.
Chef Joseph Foriska, new to Friday Harbor House this year, is great talent in the kitchen and has a sommelier's knowledge of wines to pair with both small plates, meals, and desserts.
We love him because he places a great emphasis on going out to work one on one with the producers on our island to bring the best of what they offer to his kitchen, his dining room
, and to our community. He knows farmers and fishermen well after years working in such great island restaurants as Roche Harbor's McMillan Room and Madrona Grill, and Duck Soup. We've seen his dedication to finding and using the best of what the island has to offer.
When you taste this food, you'll know where his heart is.

We're incredibly lucky to have so many extraordinary farm products available to our community within just a few miles of where they grew or were made, from artisan cheeses to heritage tomatoes, grass fed meats to shellfish and seafood, that simply cannot be found anywhere else on earth.

With our location and climate, and because we have an agricultural and fishing community putting great effort into farming and fishing sustainably and bringing the best to their customers, we can find vegetables, fruits, honey, eggs, milk, wheat and flour, grass fed beef and poultry, pork, lamb. shellfish, seafood - soup to nuts - lovely and robustly healthy foods whose production both feeds us and at the same time enriches our topsoils, protects our water sources, encourages fair labor practices and improves our economy.
The islands are nothing short of of bountiful when age old care and common sense are put back to work!

That's what the film "Good Food" is all about - wonderful things happening now all over the Pacific Northwest -
Don't miss the opportunity to see it!

Colorful produce at a NW farmers market. Photo by Mary Embleton, Cascade Harvest Coalition

Some of the many San Juan Islands farmers and fishers featured on Bluff Restaurant and Bar menu include:
Sweetwater Farms
Barlow Bay Shellfish
Motorboat Farms
Nick and Sara Jones/Jones Family Farm - oysters, clams, grass fed pastured beef and pork
Layne Sundberg/Quail Croft - hard cheeses/dhevre
Mark/Bakery San Juan - breads, rolls, sandwich buns
Lisa and Rex Guard - lamb
Guard Sundstrom - lamb
Lopez Island Ice Cream
Matt and Maureen Marinkovich/Matt's Fresh Fish - halibut/salmon
Pelindaba Farm - organic culinary lavender

Joseph also let us know that:
Dungeness crab is caught sustainably off the Oregon Coast
Lamb when not available on island is from small farmers in Ellensburg, WA

We are hoping to have some of the farmers and producers represented on the menu present for movie showings - please check back for updates on that.

The current menu at the Bluff:

Land & Sea encourages you to patronize other San Juan Islands restaurants serving locally produced ingredients and supporting our local farm community. Click here for a complete list of the many San Juan County producers and restaurants carrying local foods which bear the delightful Islands Certified Local stamp, including Coho Restaurant, the new and very affordable Pablito's Tamales, the Duck Soup Inn, Roche Harbor's McMillan's on San Juan Island, Inn at Ship Bay on Orcas, and Vortex and the Bay Cafe on Lopez.

Check at right for links to local island producers, or go to our Island Grown list.

Traveling from off-island to see this great film? Would you like to make a weekend of it? For reservations at Friday Harbor House, click here.
Mention "Slow Food" when making a room reservation for 10% off rates.

Also, check this page for upcoming info on island farm tours, chicken coop tours, and other farm and food events on this and other weekends.

For other island accommodations, try Nichols Street Suites, Harrison House B&B and Tucker House Suites, States Inn, Roche Harbor Resort, Longhouse B &B, and Bird Rock and Earth Box Hotels, also serving products from local farms. Check here for campgrounds and hostels.

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to see a great film all about our Pacific Northwest friends and neighbors!

Also featured - the short film by Orcas Island film maker Mike Hurwicz "Where is Tomorrow's Farmer?". A number of San Juan Island farmers and farm interns appear in this film, which was shown in the WA State house caucus last month before the vote on the Farm Intern Bill 6349. San Juan County-originated 6349 was passed unanamously in the Senate and last month signed into law.