As Sam mentioned in his August notes, this past week took a nose dive due to wildfires breaking out, again, in Okanogan County last Wednesday, August 19th. After evacuating we have now collected ourselves and returned home to a smoky haze. Bluebird will be back in business this week. To get a comprehensive update on our local fires from KHQ click here. Thank you all for your amazing messages this past week; I cannot tell you how awesome it is to get a phone message from customers just telling us how much they appreciate what we do! It IS what keeps us going sometimes.
Our deep condolences go out to the three fallen firefighters and their families. We will miss Tom Zbyszewski, a local boy, who our daughters got to know at our community theater. Tom was one of those kids that you knew was on the path to amazing success and good fortune. He was kind to all, had charisma, charm and was an all-star human being! We will miss his his brilliant smile and boundless kindness that he gave to all that knew him.
Aside from the fire chaos I do have some fun things that I would like to report on behalf of Bluebird:
- Ryan Bell, a National Geographic writer, did a wonderful post on our farm in The Plate. Ryan has an incredible story to tell, I encourage you to read more about what Ryan is up to on his Comrade Cowboys page.
- Sam published a story in Farm and Ranch Living, Aug/Sept 2015 issue called Fresh Spin on Ancient Grains. Check it out!
- With all the emotion and tragedy flying around here we thought for a minute that our 10 year anniversary party may have to go on hold…however now that fires seem to be waning, we realize that our community needs a major “pick me up.” Will you help us? Barring no more disasters and Twisp still standing, we hope you all will join us for our 10 year celebration on September 6th, 5 pm at Twisp Works. There will be a no host bar of local beer, wine and cider, a spread of farm fresh local foods, three types of Paella (seafood, meat, and vegetarian), fiddle tunes and the list goes on. Please bring your friends and help us celebrate our amazing community. Proceeds will go to Twisp Works and their Methow Made program. There are about 60 tickets left. For tickets and details click here.