Tomato Gala on tap Aug. 17

WENATCHEE — If you love tomatoes, this event is for you. Washington State University Chelan-Douglas Master Gardeners will hold their ninth annual Tomato Gala on Aug. 17. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Education Garden at the northwest corner of Springwater and Western avenues in Wenatchee. A wide variety of heirlooms, hybrids, cherry and paste tomatoes will be...
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Apple crop expected to be up 18% from last year

YAKIMA — Just over 137 million boxes of apples are expected to be packed this year, an 18 percent increase from last year’s crop.
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Innovator Awards nominees announced; program set for Sept. 25

WENATCHEE — GWATA, North Central Washington’s Technology Alliance, has announced the nominees for its annual Innovator Awards. The awards, which have been presented for 19 years, will be given out at a luncheon Sept. 25. More information can be found at gwata.org. Entrepreneur of the Year nominees are: Heath Frazier, Chief Fitness; Jordan Lindstrom and Scott Ptolemy, Web Guidz; Kelsey Guy...
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Farm Credit Services reports second quarter earnings

SPOKANE — Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Northwest’s leading agricultural lending cooperative, has announced its second quarter earnings of $67.2 million compared to $69.7 million for the same quarter last year. Earnings for the six months ended June 30 were $133.3 million, compared to $144.5 million for the same period of the prior year. The decreased earnings were primarily due to a...
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WSU Extension holds food preservation classes

WENATCHEE — Washington State University Extension will hold a series of food preservation classes in August and September. The classes are for people who are just learning how to preserve food and for veteran food preservers who need a refresher course to be sure the food items they are preserving are done safely, according to Margaret A. Viebrock, WSU Extension educator and class...
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Healing grain: Scientists develop wheat that fights celiac disease

PULLMAN — Researchers at Washington State University have created a new, genetically distinct variety of wheat that’s safer for people with celiac disease, opening the door for new treatments and healing potential for the staple grain.
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Markets

MOSES LAKE (May July 26) — Hay tonnage this week: 12,650; last week: 12,450; last year: 8150.
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Auntie Bling’s in quilt challenge

Auntie Bling’s Attique is a part of the International Row by Row Quilt Challenge. Participating quilting shops each design a quilt block that represents their area and create patterns of the block to give away to participants.
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Mansfield youth readies for fair

It’s that time of year again, and North Central Washington Fair participants are gearing up for an exciting four days of fair exhibitions, competitions and fun Aug. 22-25. This year at the Asmussen Ranch, Jackson, 7, and Taya Asmussen, 3, are getting ready for the fair by preparing their entries.
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Ohme Gardens Friends Society looking for members

WENATCHEE — The Ohme Gardens Friends Society is seeking new members to help with the well-known hillside garden, now in its 90th year. Those interested are invited to attend an informational meeting at Ohme Gardens at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12. The event is being planned to discuss the many volunteer opportunities and all skills are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call...
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