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Whatcom Farms Offering CSAs in 2014

Category : About Food Sources, CSAs, Whatcom Locavore Basics, Where to Buy Local Food

Photo of farm barnIt’s that time of year again–time to consider signing up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. (Learn more about what a CSA is and how it works.) CSAs can be a good local food solution for people who don’t have much time or inclination to shop for food.  They can also be more affordable than purchasing food items separately.

This year’s CSA offerings (see below) include produce, chickens, eggs, fish, flowers, and much more. It’s really quite amazing! We live in a local food paradise. Continue Reading

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Backyard Beans and Grains Project

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Category : CSAs, On the Farm

Backyard Beans and Grains ProjectFifteen years ago, Krista Rome began a small garden in her yard as a way of getting more connected with her food. Each year she enjoyed what she calls “peaceful tinkering,” tending her garden with basic hand tools. Then in 2008 she read three books back to back which changed her life: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver; Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan; and Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, who first wrote about the locavore “100-mile diet” (eating only foods produced within a 100-mile radius of where you live). Continue Reading

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Whatcom Farms Offering CSA in 2012

Category : About Food Sources, CSAs, Whatcom Locavore Basics, Where to Buy Local Food

This list of farms offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs was taken from the 2012 Whatcom Food & Farm Finder by permission of the publisher, Sustainable Connections. Wherever possible, the Farm Name is linked to their website for more information. Learn more about what a CSA is and how it works. Continue Reading

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Sign Up Now for CSAs

Category : About Food Sources, CSAs, Whatcom Locavore Basics, Where to Buy Local Food

Free Range Eggs

Photo by Fir0002

If you read these articles frequently (and may you and your descendants be blessed forever if you do!), you’ve probably seen me mention Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. If you want to start improving the quality of food you eat by buying locally grown ingredients, CSAs are the single easiest way to begin–and to save money! Continue Reading

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How to Become a Locavore

Category : CSAs, Whatcom Locavore Basics

2012 Whatcom Locavore CalendarLocavores are people who eat only locally grown food as much as possible. Personally, I try to eat only food grown in Whatcom County.

If you want to give it a try, here are some things I’ve learned over the past two years that may help you get started. Continue Reading

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Acme Farms + Kitchen Announces Expansion

Category : About Food Sources, CSAs, Home Delivery, Where to Buy Local Food

Acme Farms + KitchenLast week Acme Farms + Kitchen (AF+K) announced they will soon be opening a storefront location in downtown Bellingham. Along with the location will come some new services. Continue Reading

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2012 Whatcom Food & Farm Finder

Category : About Food Sources, Bellingham, CSAs, Farm Stands, Farmers' Markets, Home Delivery, On the Farm, Other Food Producers, Retail Stores, U-Pick Farms

2011 Whatcom Food & Farm FinderSustainable Connections is a nationally-lauded local organization with a dedicated Food and Farming Program. A key part of the Program is an annual publication called the Whatcom Food & Farm Finder, and it’s one of the single most useful tools available for anyone interesting in eating local food. The booklet includes a comprehensive directory of farms, farm stands, u-picks, ranchers and fishers who produce food in Whatcom County. It also lists farm events, some basic guidelines about farming practices each farm uses (such as organic, salmon safe, etc.), and primary products grown, all keyed to a County map for easy locating. The Finder also lists restaurants, cafes, caterers, and grocers who support local agriculture.

On April 7 at the Bellingham Farmers Market opening, the brand new 2012 Whatcom Food & Farm Finder will be unveiled. You can pick up your free copy at the Sustainable Connections booth.

After that, find copies at the Community Food Co-op stores, libraries, and other retail locations.

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Acme Farm + Kitchen (Part 2 of 2)

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Category : About Food Sources, CSAs, Home Delivery, Where to Buy Local Food

Acme Farms + KitchenOur first delivery from Acme Farms + Kitchen (AF+K) arrived last week, and included an unexpected surprise! I had anticipated the beautiful, high quality organic food. I know some of the farms where the food was grown and they consistently produce nothing less than excellence. The big surprise was the packaging. AF+K has taken “reduce, reuse, recycle” to new heights. Continue Reading

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Acme Farms + Kitchen (Part 1 of 2)

Category : About Food Sources, CSAs, Home Delivery, Where to Buy Local Food

Acme Farms + KitchenLast week I mentioned the reduced access to locally grown foods during the winter months when the Farmers Markets are closed. This week, in following up on a suggestion from Marvin Fast at Red Barn Lavender Farm, I discovered a new business which provides a perfect solution–Acme Farms + Kitchen (AF+K). Continue Reading

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Shiitake and Cheese Omelet

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Category : Breakfast, CSAs, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Shiitake Cheese OmeletThis omelet recipe is a perfect example of incredible local flavors. Cascadia Farms shiitake mushrooms are the highlight–they make nonlocal shiitakes seem like tasteless paste. I’m certain you’ll savor this dish.

We’re fortunate to have a diverse variety of locally made cheese from which to choose. I use local goudas a lot because they often come flavored with herbs or spices. For this recipe, though, I used a plain gouda made from goat milk. The goat milk flavor was all that was needed to balance the eggs. Continue Reading

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Meatloaf Comfort Food

Category : About Food Sources, CSAs, January, Main Dishes, Menu Ideas, Recipes

Locavore MeatloafWhen I think of classic comfort food, I think of meatloaf. When I was a child, meatloaf was my favorite main dish. Top with a little Worcestershire sauce and ketchup, serve mashed potatoes and green beans on the side, and I was a happy kid.

Others must feel the same way. “Meatloaf” is one of the top five recipes people search for on the Food Network web site, and it’s categorized there as a “Comfort Food.” Continue Reading

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2011 CSA Programs

Category : About Food Sources, CSAs, Where to Buy Local Food

Farmers MarketCommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are one of the easiest ways to get a steady, affordable supply of locally grown foods during the growing season. It also gives a farmer some cash at a time of the year when they are spending money for seeds, and guarantees sale of a percentage of their crops in advance. Continue Reading

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Finding Local Food

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Category : About Food Sources, August, CSAs, Farm Stands, Farmers' Markets, Grow Your Own, Menu Ideas, On the Farm, Retail Stores, U-Pick Farms, Whatcom Locavore Basics, Where to Buy Local Food

Finding Local Foods, and Red Cabbage MenuFinding locally grown organic food can be a fascinating treasure hunt, but it also can be time consuming, especially at first. Here are some food finding tips to help jumpstart your locavore lifestyle:

1. Start close to home.
You may have noticed that I mention some farms more frequently than others. That’s because they are the best sources I’ve found close enough to my normal errand routes to be convenient. My goal is to find the quality I want as close to home as possible. I go to Half Acre Farm for u-picking vegetables, but you may be able to locate a u-pick you like closer to where you live. Continue Reading

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