lummi island wine tasting mar 1 ’24

Spring Hours: now open both Friday and Saturday afternoons!

Beginning this weekend we begin our new Spring hours,


      Fridays 4-6 pm for wine tasting and bread order pickup;

      Saturdays 3-5 pm for wine tasting…and sales…and the usual frivolity and chatter…!




 This week’s wine tasting

Celler Can Blau Can Blau Montsant Red

Celler Can Blau Can Blau Montsant Red

Ponzi Pinot Gris ’21    Oregon     $16
Aromas of honeydew melon, candied citrus peel, white peach and honeysuckle; balanced palate
of sweet tangerine peel, meringue, lime, apricot and light white pepper.

Can Blau Can Blau ’20     Spain     $16
Aromas and flavors of cocoa bean and ripe, dark fruits and berries, a seamless texture, and long, silky finish that improves with aeration.

Chakana Estate Selection Malbec ’20       Argentina     $20
Opaque, bright purple in color; pleasing nose of plums and spicy attic dust; full bodied palate of plums and spice with good length, balanced acidity, soft tannins, and lingering finish.



Friday Bread Pickup This Week

Multi Grain English Muffin Loaf – Originally intended for English muffins that instead became a loaf, with nice mix of bread flour, spelt, whole wheat and oatmeal for a lot of flavor. Add buttermilk and butter and get a nice light, tender crumb. Delicious for toast or sandwiches! – $5/loaf

French Country Bread – A levain bread from a sourdough culture of bread flour, fresh milled whole wheat, and a bit of toasted wheat germ. The final dough gets a long cool overnight ferment to develop into a rustic country loaf! – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Chocolate Babka Rolls – A sweet pastry dough full of eggs, butter and sugar, rolled and spread with a chocolate filling, cut into individual rolls, and placed in baking forms, and brushed with sugar syrup after baking. Some people say they hide them to to be sure to get one…!.- 2/$5

Island Bakery has developed a lengthy rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before Wednesday will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list.


Economics of the Heart: Following the Bread Crumbs

A few weeks ago we started musing about how our nation and its Constitution seem to be arriving at the brink of being overthrown by a bizarre, extremely well-funded, and decades-long constellation of very wealthy, focused, and patient conspirators whose plans have been festering and evolving for decades. Below are a few reads to ponder, and see if you can find any links among the bread crumbs.

John Birch Society ...“Birchers helped forge an alternative political tradition on the far right and that the core ideas were an anti-establishment, apocalyptic, more violent mode of politics, conspiracy theories, anti-interventionism and more explicit racism and…were some of the first people on the right to take up questions of public morality, of Christian evangelical politics…”

Heritage Foundation  (see also) ...reporter asks :At CPAC last year, Victor Orban said Hungary is “the place where we didn’t just talk about defeating the progressives and liberals and causing a conservative Christian political turn, but we actually did it.” …HF President’s reply: “It’s all true. It should be celebrated.”

Project for a New American Century “To win the “War on Terror,” the signatories outlined several key steps: capturing and eliminating Osama Bin Laden, overthrowing Saddam Hussein’s regime, targeting Hezbollah, defending Israel and forcing the Palestinian Authority to eradicate terrorism and finally, to substantially reinforce the United States defense budget.”

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Just a moment…just a moment...uh-huh….uh-huhWHAT?? ARE YOU SERIOUS????...the Supreme Court did WHAT??!!

Um, sorry folks, but we are terminating this broadcast early because recent events have demonstrated that there is now no need to make a case that the enemies of democracy have been working on scuttling ours for several decades, because today’s news demonstrates two things very clearly:

1. Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision to stop all pending federal court cases against the Tweetster for the foreseeable future (presumably till after the next election and ITS years of litigation while the nation and the world succumb to Global Fascism and Global Warming); and

2. Sadly, since the Republican coup we were intending to warn about and fight against is now un fait accompli, and our worst fears sont devenus réalité, we must unite and VOTE if we are to have any hope of restoring the Constitutional Democracy we grew up in.

We have eight months to save our nation and our planet. No time to waste…









Wine Tasting

lummi island wine tasting feb 23 ’24

Friday, Feb 16

OPEN for wine tasting and bread order pickup Friday from 4-6pm



NOTE:Beginning in March we will also be open Saturdays from 3-5pm!





 This week’s wine tasting

Domaine Chibaou Surnaturel Merlot ’22     France     $25
Complex nose of black fruits, candied strawberries and caramel; round, rich and concentrated, balanced, with good length in the mouth. No sulfites.

Domaine Chibaou Sauvignon Blanc ’22       France     $19
no notes available

Garzon Tannat Reserva   ’21        Uruguay       $35
Deep purple color, fresh spicy aromas of plums and raspberries, full-bodied palate with ripe tannins and minerality make for a terroir-driven wine of unique identity.


Friday Bread Pickup This Week

Multi Grain Levain – Made with a sourdough culture and using a flavorful mix of bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat and rye. A nice mixture of flax, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and some oatmeal add great flavor and crunch. And just a little honey for some sweetness. – $5/loaf

Polenta Levain – Also made with a levain, known as sourdough, in which the sourdough starter is fed and built up over several days, then mixed with bread flour and polenta in the final dough mix. This bread is a nice rustic loaf with great corn flavor. – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Black Sesame & Candied Lemon Brioche: A delicious brioche dough full of eggs, butter and sugar. Filled with fresh lemon zest and candied lemon and topped with a black sesame streusel before baking. Ooh la la, what’s not to like? – 2/$5

Island Bakery has developed a lengthy rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before Wednesday will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list.


Economics of the Heart: Alexey Navalny

“Alexey Navalny чб 2” by Митя Алешковский is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5.

For the past week I have been grieving for this man at some semi-conscious level. I never understood why he chose to go back to Russia after Putin had already tried to kill him once. Nor could I understand his perennial good spirits in prison. But since his apparent execution in Russia, it has been hard to think about him without feeling tears in my eyes. It is heartbreaking, and I don’t know exactly why.

He must have known it would eventually happen before he chose to go back, but he went anyway; and in most photos during his incarceration he seemed in good spirits. On a mission, perhaps, to make his people recognize their oppression and stand up to it themselves…?

I came to feel that he was in his way leading something important, something he believed in deeply about how people should be allowed to live. He confronted the megalithic power and penchant for cruelty of Putin’s post-Soviet Russia with a rare inner strength,  commitment, and an endearing kind of innocence and commitment, all honorable pursuits.

It is hard to say why I feel such grief about his deeply symbolic, sacrificial journey…some combination perhaps of futility, horror, sympathy, outrage at the brutality, and hanging out here for so many days on the edge of tears I don’t understand.

And I wonder…is this touching everyone this deeply…?




















































































































































Wine Tasting

lummi island wine tasting feb 16 ’24

Friday, Feb 16

OPEN for wine tasting and bread order pickup from 4-6pm!

contrails over the slough…



contrails over the slough…











 This week’s wine tasting

Rocks of Bawn Shafts and Furrow White ’22     WA   $19
Flavorful white Bordeaux blend of sauv blanc and semillon showing the waxy texture and fig flavors from semillon contrast beautifully with the fragrant aromas of the sauv blanc.

Top Source Columbia Valley Red ’19      WA/OR     $23    
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah; aromas of Bing cherries and crushed strawberry with aromas of black pepper, chocolate, and grilled meat and flavors of blackberry, dark plum, thyme, rosemary and spicy paprika; smooth, soft mouthfeel, tangy acidity and silky tannins.

Cote 125 Corbieres Carignan/Grenache    France      $12
Low yields of Syrah, Grenache and old vines Carignan; rich and concentrated, with blueberry and strawberry aromas with spices and black pepper on the palate, nice balance, and a long, smooth finish.


Friday Bread Pickup This Week

Kamut Levain – Kamut, aka khorasan wheat, is an ancient grain with more protein than conventional wheat that some people find more digestible. The bread is made with a levain fermented overnight before mixing with with bread flour and fresh milled whole kamut flour. It has a nutty, rich flavor and makes a golden color.  – $5/loaf

Le Pave d’Autrefois – Translates roughly as old paving stones. This is a ciabatta like bread which has a lot of hydration so it isn’t really shaped so much as simply divided into approximate squares – hence the paving stones name. Made with a mix of bread flour as well as fresh milled whole wheat, rye and buckwheat flours for a lot of hearty whole grain goodness. A great artisan bread -$5/loaf (or paving stone)

and pastry this week…

Chocolate Croissants! – The traditional laminated french pastry made with sourdough and another pre-ferment to create the traditional honeycomb interior, rolled out and shaped with delicious dark chocolate in the center.  – 2/$5

Island Bakery has developed a lengthy rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before Wednesday will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list.


Economics of the Heart: Following the Bread Crumbs

Vietnam War 1966 – SWIFT Boats

Our inquiry from last week continues to explore how the hawkish, intolerant, pro-corporate Republican Party we never liked but could work with, sort of, sometimes, became the Maga-bots and domestic enemies we see everywhere today. Here are a few reads for this week as we search for the common threads that tie these things together, in chronological order…

1985: Under FCC Chairman Mark S. Fowler, a communications attorney who had served on Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign staff in 1976 and 1980, the FCC released a report stating that the fairness doctrine hurt the public interest and violated free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. In 1987 Reagan vetoed Congressional resistance, thus removing the “single most important requirement of (broadcast) operation in the public interest – the sine qua non for grant of a renewal of license, and opening the door for the nonstop, anger-mongering Fake News that has proliferated and expanded across every media platform. This is what made Maga possible.

1997: The Project for a New American Century was launched by William Kristol and Robert Kagan. Originally conceived to promote American Leadership in the world, and espousing “strong interventionist and moral clarity foreign policy,” it was intertwined with both Kristol’s American Standard and the American Enterprise Institute, and was the foundation for the neoconservative policies of the Bush II administration. This is the kind of thinking that brought us the downfall of Colin Powell and the invasions and long-time occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and hundreds of thousands of deaths.

2000: Bush v. Gore : Bush won the popular vote in Florida by some 500 votes after a month of court battles and was declared winner by the Supreme Court. There was never an official state-wide recount. Gore won the national popular vote by a substantial margin.

2004: Bush v. Kerry: Bush prevailed after a campaign season of smearing Kerry’s service with the truly despicable campaign tactic that became known as “Swift-Boating” and several eyebrow-raising voting irregularities in Ohio.

Yesterday: Speaker Johnson recessed the House, ditching a $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, important allies with whom we have a mutual interdependence and upon which the rules-based international order depends. WTF? Is he even Human…?

to be continued…









































































































































Wine Tasting

lummi island wine tasting feb 9 ’24

Friday, Feb 9, 4-6pm

Open for wine tasting, sales, and bread order pickup

  Padilla Bay reflection…






This week’s wine tasting

Adroît Orange Ribolla Gialla California ’21   Lodi     $23
Clusters were hand-sorted and fermented on the lees prior to a gentle pressing, aged on fine lees for 11 months, then racked and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Riebeek Pinotage    South Africa     $14
Cold soaked overnight and fermented on the lees in 80% French and 20% American oak, and blended with unoaked wine to enhance fresh fruity flavors.

Rocks of Bawn Shafts and Furrow Red ’20    $18    Washington   $18
88% Merlot from Frenchman Hills Vineyard (south-facing & high elevation); 12 % Merlot from Southwind Vineyard in Walla Walla (full-bodied and rich); 6% Cab Sauv  from Red Mountain & Horse Heaven Hills; and 4% Cab Franc from the iconic Red Willow Vineyard in Yakima Valley; and a spicy 2% Malbec.


Friday Bread Pickup This Week

Whole Wheat Levain – Begins with a sourdouinal mixing of the dough- which is then fermented overnight in the refrigerator. This long slow process allows the fermentation process to start and the gluten to start developing. About 25% fresh milled whole wheat, a ‘toothy’ crumb, great texture and flavor and a nice crisp crust.  – $5/loaf

Semolina Levain – Semolina is made from durum wheat, which is a hard wheat and often used in pasta. The flour has a lovely golden color that comes through in the bread. Uses a sourdough starter/levain that ferments overnight before mixing the final dough with bread flour, semolina and fresh milled whole wheat and little butter for a soft crumb. Makes great toast! – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Gibassiers – A traditional french pastry recipe from southern France. Made with a delicious sweet dough full of milk, butter, eggs and olive oil. The addition of orange flower water, candied orange peel and anise seed bring great flavor to these pastries. After baking they are brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with more sugar. Ooh La La a delightful pastry to go along with your morning coffee or tea! – 2/$5

Island Bakery has developed a lengthy rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before Wednesday will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list.


Economics of the Heart: Invasion of the Zombie Republicans

“File:I Like Ike button, 1952.png” by Tyrol5 is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

My first memories are of moving from a home I don’t remember when I was about three and sort of “coming on line” as we (mother, father, older sister, & I ) were en route from New Jersey, where I was born, to Maine, where my mother grew up. So first memory is of waking up in a jumble of blankets, clothes, lots of people talking at what turned out to be my Polish grandparents’ home in Hartford.

My second memory is standing of on the tarmac at Hartford airport walking out to a 2-engine airplane with a tail wheel (a DC-3), which we boarded. The third memory is the changing engine sounds on the flight from the changing pitch of the propeller blades between waaaa to wohhh and back. And the fourth memory is looking out the window as the plane was landing in Boston and seeing the boats right below us and yelling something about wanting to play with the boats. So even very young children pay more attention to their surroundings when stimulated by the constant newness of travel experience. What are your earliest memories…?

Anyway… we had been living in the same house in Bangor long enough to make it feel like home when my father (almost always gone when I was awake) left quite suddenly during a shouting argument with my mother. (Picture Jack Paar walking off the stage in the middle of his TV show.) In June, 1952 he came back to visit, and took my sister and me to his parents’ house in Hartford, about a 10-hour drive in those days, where we started school and remained until late Fall, closely monitored and cared for by Nana. By late fall my mother had filed for divorce, drove down with a friend, and took us home.

The point of this little vignette is that again traveling made everything new and memorable. It was also an election year that summer in Hartford, and Everybody Liked Ike! There were posters and loudspeaker trucks everywhere, blaring slogans. Ike was President till I was in high school. He was kindly, credible, serious. And back in those days Maine Republicans were often more liberal than many Democrats. Like Margaret Chase Smith. It was a good place to be.

In the sixties all of that started changing. The JFK years were both magical (Camelot!) and heart-breaking. LBJ picked up the banners of civil rights and  going to the Moon and ran with them, while the Vietnam war brewed major divisions across the nation. Right and Left became blurred on many issues, and violence erupted about the war, segregation, and protests. There were more assassinations: Bobby, Martin, others. And Nixon became President in the middle of all of this under the auspices of “ending the war.”

Nixon, who had been Ike’s VP,  did accomplish some valuable things, including connecting with China, starting the EPA, establishing Earth Day, and passing the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Title IX. He appointed four pretty good Supreme Court Justices to the Court that later decided Roe v. Wade.

At the same time, his VP Spiro Agnew and others in his administration were starting to lean further Right, while he dabbled in his own vain illegalities that brought him down. As we discussed recently, these are the same forces that in 1973 made over the fringy John Birch Society into the extremely polished and well-funded Heritage Foundation, a good marker for the beginning of the no-holds-barred, corporate-powered takeover of the Republican Party by mega-wealthy, ego-centric, self-entitled white men with thin skins.

Or, as the old cartoon has it:
       “Mommy, is it true that Republicans have hearts of Stone…?”
       “No, dear, it’s not…Republicans don’t have hearts.

As mentioned in that same post, by 1980 the HF had become so well-funded that its “think tank” had produced the first of many 20-volume manifestos for the corporatization of American institutions, which Reagan adopted lock, stock, and barrel, passing into law thousands of “conservative” new laws and accelerating the transfer of wealth from the poor and the middle class to those who were already billionaires.

Perhaps the most insidious of those rules was doing away with FCC rules which required “balanced reporting” on political or controversial issues. Almost overnight, the rules of civil discourse were freed from fact-based reporting and opened to any form or lying, hyperbole, personal insult, and political slander. Numerous new networks jumped into the game, with countless well-funded propaganda broadcasts 24/7, all of them lying, hyping, arousing anger, fear, distrust of our institutions, and slandering all things Democratic, egalitarian, kind, compassionate, foreign, “unwhite,” “unChristian,” regulatory, or fair.

That was just the beginning…!

to be continued…




































































































































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