Picnic auction comes to Sequim lavender farm

Sequim’s top culinary artisans will contribute picnic baskets to help preschoolers attend an “outdoor school” with Olympic Nature Experience.

Many of Sequim’s top culinary talents, representing Alder Wood Bistro, Nash’s Organic Produce and Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm are putting their chops on the (auction) block to benefit area preschoolers. The Olympic Nature Experience, a nonprofit organization headed by local mom Sarah Salazar-Tipton, is letting local residents experience nature in a time-honored way — a picnic.

“We just wanted to do something fun to let the community know we’re here and tie in with our bigger message that doing stuff with your friends and family outside is great. Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm is absolutely gorgeous, throw in some live music and it will be an idyllic kind of setting for an evening picnic,” said Salazar-Tipton. “Also, there are so many incredible food vendors, and really food artists, in town, that I just thought it would really be a fun way for people to put their talents out there and maybe even win a prize for creativity!”

The auction will feature about 30 picnic baskets contributed by local food artisans, some representing businesses and others by private contributors. Each basket is unique and usually follows a particular theme, like “Raw Revolution” or “Trip to Paris” or other themes near and dear to the heart of the creators. All money collected will go directly to aid children with tuition costs at Owl’s Hollow Nature Pre-school.

In case any attendees don’t win one of the baskets on auction, Maggie May’s food truck also will be on hand selling hand-crafted food and drinks to the hungry and thirsty.

Olympic Nature Experience is a nonprofit working to rekindle people with nature through play, adventure and education, in and around Sequim. Offerings include Owl’s Hollow Nature Preschool for 2.5 to 5 year olds and weekend camps for 4-8 year olds. All ONE programs are held entirely outdoors.

The picnic and auction are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm, 3932 Sequim-Dungeness Way, on the east side of the road, just north of Dungeness Community Church. Tickets are $15 per family (no number of people indicated). Ticket cost will be refunded if a picnic basket is won in the auction. Everyone is welcome.

If you want to make a basket, contact Sarah Salazar-Tipton at or 461-7169.


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