Bellingham Farmers Market Opens Today!


Category : About Food Sources, Bellingham, Events, Farmers' Markets

Bellingham Farmers MarketWoohoo! Today (Saturday, April 5, 2014) is the official opening of the 22nd season of the Bellingham Farmers Market! At 10am Mayor Kelli Linville will do the traditional tossing of the cabbage and the opening bell will ring to open the Market.

Over 20 new vendors will be doing business this year, with new farms on the list including: Bluebelle Gardens, Leaky Dam Farm, Mariposa Farm, Outer County Farm, Purple Horse Garden, and Spring Time Farm. Skagit Valley Cured Meats sounds interesting, too. What new local foods and varieties will they be offering? I can’t wait to see!

Do you suppose anyone will have asparagus? Oh, the anticipation!

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Author Vicki Robin at Village Books

Category : Events

Blessing the Hands That Feed Us by Vicki RobinYou may remember Vicki Robin for co-authoring the book Your Money or Your Life. Now she has turned her visionary eye toward eating as a locavore, and the result is a new book, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place On Earth.

Now you have an opportunity to hear what Vicki has to say on the subject in person! I’m happy to say she’s going to be at Village Books (1200 11th St, Bellingham) this coming Tuesday, January 28, 2014, starting at 7 p.m.

I recently read and reviewed her book in my column for the Bellingham Herald. (Read here.)

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2012 Whatcom Farm Tour

Category : About Food Sources, Events, Farm Stands, On the Farm, U-Pick Farms

Photo of farm barnNext Saturday, September 8, is one of my favorite events every year–the annual Whatcom Farm Tour! It’s a free self-guided tour of farms around the County who open their gates to visitors from 10am to 5pm. A lot of the farms offer special events, rides for the family, tastings, and more during the day. Continue Reading

2011 Cloud Mountain Fall Fruit Festival

Category : Events, Farm Stands, On the Farm

2010 Cloud Mountain - Pink Pearl AppleIf you’ve never been to one of Cloud Mountain’s Fall Fruit Festivals, next weekend is an opportunity to share the joy! If you’ve been to one before, we’ll see you there!

Cloud Mountain Farm Center, located at 6906 Goodwin Rd., east of Everson, will be hosting their 22nd Annual Fruit Festival, Saturday, October 1 from 10am-5pm, and on Sunday, October 2 from 11am – 4pm. Fruit sampling of over 200 varieties of apples, European and Asian pears, kiwis, table and wine grapes, cider, and jams and jellies of unusual small fruits will take place throughout both days. Continue Reading

Incognito Dinner at Cloud Mountain

Category : Events, On the Farm

Cloud Mountain Farm and Ciao Thyme Incognito DinnerAs a grand finale for Cloud Mountain Farm’s two-day Fall Fruit Festival, Ciao Thyme is teaming up with the new Cloud Mountain Farm Center for a farm dinner to remember! Dining will begin with appetizers and wine in the orchard. Then, everyone will gather at the table for a 5-course seasonal feast with a menu that features fruits and vegetables from Cloud Mountain Farm and wines from northwest vintners. Come early and taste nearly 200 varieties of fruits and learn about the new non-profit farm center at the festival, which runs from 11am-4pm on Sunday. Continue Reading

Food Writers Attend Co-op Barbecue


Category : Book and Movie Reviews, Events, Related Organizations, Retail Stores

2011 Community Food Co-op Barbecue(Photo by Laura Steiger)–Four local food writers were featured at a community barbecue sponsored by the Community Food Co-op (Cordata and Westerly, Bellingham) last Saturday to talk about their cookbooks, blogs–and newspaper columns! Samples of their recipes were available for tasting, too. Continue Reading

Join Us at Cordata Co-op Barbecue!


Category : Events, Retail Stores, Whatcom Locavore Products

Rustic Apple TartJoin me at the Community Food Co-op’s Cordata store (Cordata and Westerly in Bellingham) for a community barbecue next Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. Whatcom Locavore (that’s me!) and several other local food writers will be on hand to share samples of our recipes and answer questions about what we do. Continue Reading

2011 Whatcom County Farm Tour Event

Category : Events, Seasonal Menu Ideas, September

At BelleWood Acres for 2011 Whatcom County Farm TourWow! What a day! BelleWood Acres invited me to offer cooking demonstrations for the annual Whatcom County Farm Tour yesterday (Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011) and people began pouring in a half hour early!

Ten farms, two wineries, and the Bellingham Farmers Market were all participating in the event organized by Sustainable Connections. I don’t know yet how may people took advantage of the opportunity to visit farms, meet the farmers, and take part in the special activities available, but there was a steady stream all day.

It was a lot of fun to be at BelleWood Acres to meet people and talk about local Whatcom County food! Some were regular readers of my column in the Bellingham Herald (on Tuesdays). Others were hearing the word “locavore” for the first time. All had an opportunity to taste samples of the locavore dishes I prepared (see recipes linked below). It was satisfying to hear exclamations over the flavors and to see people coming back to my table with friends and family in tow. As I explained to people, the flavors aren’t the result of any fancy cooking skills (I don’t have any!). They are the result of starting with ultra-fresh and ripe locally grown ingredients. With quality ingredients like that, very little preparation is required.

Efforts by the BelleWood Acres farmers Dorie and John Belisle and their staff were incredible. As John says, “It takes a level of commitment that people can’t even imagine.” From directing people to parking and greeting them at the entrance to answering multitudes of questions and helping them purchase apples and other products, the staff showed an energy and friendliness that never flagged, even in yesterday’s hot sun. The tractor-towed farm “train” ride was in constant motion giving people tours of the apple orchards and thrilling all the children.

Tasting tables were set up under an open air roofed area where the breeze kept us comfortable. Besides myself, BelleWood had tables for tasting apples with various cheeses, apples with caramel or their specially made peanut butter, sparkling apple cider and more. Susy Hymas was also on hand to answer questions. Susy teaches classes in canning and other food preservation, and also teaches nutrition at the culinary school at Bellingham Technical College.

Surrounded by the wonderful scent of fresh apples, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. The Belisle’s were unflappable in the midst of it all, not only making sure that visitors were well cared for but also that staff was being well supported and getting regular breaks and meals. It was amazing to watch!

Since we were at BelleWood, I selected recipes which centered on their delicious apples. I also chose recipes which gave me an opportunity to talk about a particular food technique, including how to make yogurt cheese, how to use the resulting yogurt whey to make sauerkraut at home, and how to make a simple crust for an apple tart. Here are links to the recipes used:

You’re Invited to Lummi Island!

Category : Events, Grow Your Own

Habanero Chili Pepper - Photo by Ryan Bushby

You are warmly invited to come to the Chili Cook-off next Saturday, July 17, starting at noon at the Otto Preserve on Lummi Island. It’s a fund-raising benefit for the Heritage Trust, an organization that works to preserve the natural beauty of the Island. I’ll be there offering Locavore Chili, which will be made with (almost) all Lummi Island ingredients: grass-fed beef, home-canned tomatoes from last year’s harvest, garden grown habanero chilis, onions and beans, and more! Only a couple of spices will be non-local. It’s going to be awesome! Please stop by, taste, and vote for your favorite chili! (Full recipe will be posted here after the event.) Continue Reading

Fairhaven Farmers Market

Category : Events, Fairhaven

Buy direct from farmers and other producers, artists, and craftspeople on Wednesdays June through September in Fairhaven.

Directions to Fairhaven Village Green:
From I-5 North or South exit on Old Fairhaven Parkway,go west to 12th street and turn right to Harris Avenue, go left on Harris two blocks and turn right, the Village Green is on your right.

Bellingham Farmers Market

Category : Bellingham, Events

Buy direct from farmers and other producers, artists, and craftspeople on Saturdays April through Christmas.

Directions to Depot Market Square:
Downtown Bellingham on Railroad at Chestnut
From I-5 North or South exit on State Street, from South I-5 go left at end of off ramp and continue to State and James Intersection, go left on State and follow to Chestnut, right on Chestnut and look for market on the right.  From North I-5, follow off ramp to first light which is State and turn left, follow to Chestnut and turn right, look for market on the right.