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Season comes to an end today at Spokane Farmers Market

Wed., Oct. 31, 2012, midnight

The Spokane Farmers Market will hold its final market of the season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Stock up on squash, apples, pears and other produce that can stored for a bit. The market is at 10 W. Fifth Ave., between Division and Browne streets.

Food coalition launches website

Learn about nutritious, local food on a new website from Spokane’s Food Access Coalition.

The group, led by the Spokane Regional Health District, launched last week. The site includes information about local and national food issues, local images of food and the people who bring it to the area, along with ways to get involved in the effort to make fresh, local food available to area residents, businesses and institutions.

Visitors to the site can also take the “Real Food Pledge” in which they commit to learning about where their food comes from, eating one seasonal local fruit or vegetable, making a family dinner and trying a new recipe and connecting to real food events in Spokane. Contributors include the members of Spokane’s Food Access Coalition, including the regional health district, Washington State University Extension, Second Harvest, Catholic Charities, Sunshine Disposal, local farmers and representatives from local hospitals, restaurants and grocery stores.

Contact Natalie Tauzin at the health district for more information about the Food Access Coalition at (509) 324-1659 or

Thursday Market moves inside for winter

The Thursday Market in the South Perry District will start its winter season on Thursday by moving indoors.

The market will move directly across the street and into the Buddhio Yoga Studio, 915 S. Perry Street, for its third winter season.

The winter market runs 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 20. Then, vendors take a break until March and operate indoors until mid-May when the outdoor farmers market season returns. The indoor market has 15 vendors who will sell local fruit, vegetables, meat, honey, herbs and eggs. There is also a variety of handmade food and crafts.

EBT/SNAP benefits are accepted. There is more information or by visiting the group’s Facebook page, which is listed under South Perry Farmers’ Market.

Priest River restaurant announces wine dinners

The Priest River Hardwood Grill announced its new winemakers’ dinner schedule.

The restaurant serves a five-course dinner the first Wednesday of each month to help highlight regional winemakers. Dinner is $20 per person, with an additional $15 to $20 tasting fee per person depending on the wines. Seating for dinner begins at 6 p.m. and reservations are recommended by calling (208) 448-4489.

The dinners begin next Wednesday with Bridge Press Cellars, of Spokane. Brian and Melody Padrta will host the dinner, talking about their wines with each course. Dinner will include smoked Columbia River steelhead pâté with parmesan cheese thins, corn and red bell pepper soup, arugula and pear salad, braised lamb shanks served with lentils and roasted spaghetti squash finished with pumpkin cream sauce and a chocolate fondue and dessert buffet. Dinner is $20 per person and wine is an additional $15 for four glasses, including 2011 Bridge Press Pinot Blanc, Bridge Press Cellar 600 Red Blend, 2009 Walla Walla Valley Merlot and 2008 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Here’s the rest of the lineup:

Dec. 5: Townshend Cellars, Colbert

Jan. 9: Camus Prairie, Moscow, Idaho

Feb. 6: Canoe Ridge, Walla Walla

March 6: Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Lewiston

April 3: Latah Creek Winery, Spokane

May 1: White Heron Cellars, Quincy, Wash.


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