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Bellingham Farmers Market Opens Today!

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

April 5, 2014
10:00 amto3:00 pm

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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Farmers Market Finds: Local Sweet Potatoes!

Category : About Food Sources, Bellingham, Farmers' Markets

Sweet PotatoesUnexpected food finds are one of the things that make shopping at any local farmers market fun and interesting. Organic produce farmers are able to do small scale experimenting to see if new varieties can be grown successfully in our climate.

Over the past several years there have been several of memorable moments. Continue Reading

Fall Farmers Market

Category : Bellingham, Farmers' Markets

Butterscotch Melon(First published October, 2012)

A fall chill was in the air, and by “chill” I mean it was windy and cold. I hadn’t been into town to visit the Bellingham Farmers Market for several weeks, so I was looking forward to seeing the produce vendors and what they were offering. Continue Reading

It Takes a Village to Create a Recipe

Category : About Food Sources, Bellingham, Farmers' Markets

Garlic ScapesCreating a new recipe is rarely a solo process. Today’s recipe for an amazing pesto is a case in point. Here’s how it came about. Continue Reading

Veg Express – Food Truck Local

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Category : Bellingham, Farmers' Markets, Retail Stores, Where to Buy Local Food

Veg ExpressBellingham Dealsaver (sponsored by the Bellingham Herald) recently offered coupons for Veg Express, a food truck which operates at 700 Ohio St. just off I-5 in Bellingham. Though it’s been in operation for about two years, I hadn’t heard of it before. Continue Reading

Kohlrabi Bouquet

Category : Bellingham, Farmers' Markets

Fresh KohlrabiI couldn’t resist posting this photo of Roslyn McNicholl’s beautiful display of kohlrabi just before the Bellingham Farmers Market opened one Saturday morning recently. Roslyn owns Rabbit Fields Farm in Everson.

When I saw these beautiful vegetables I knew I had to take a picture. As I moved in closer, I bumped into another photographer who was intent on capturing the same image. We had a good laugh about being attracted to the same thing out of the whole market of possible images.

The fresh purple kohlrabi were exquisite. Nice trimming Roslyn!

Fried Cabbage With Noodles

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Category : About Food Sources, April, Bellingham, Farmers' Markets, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Fried Cabbage and NoodlesMost of the ingredients in this dish, except the butter, were items purchased at the Bellingham Farmers Market from Whatcom County farm vendors on opening day (April 7, 2012). Even this early in the spring, local farmers have an amazing array of vegetables and other foods from which to choose. Continue Reading

Bellingham Farmers Market Opening Day

Category : About Food Sources, April, Bellingham, Farmers' Markets, Where to Buy Local Food

Farmers Market - Alm Hill GardensAs I walked toward the Bellingham Farmers Market last Saturday on opening day, the background music started to swell. Was this the climactic scene in my own in-my-head local foods movie? It felt like it, but then I caught sight of the band playing gypsy music and snapped back to reality. The music was real, lively, and fun, and a big circle of people had gathered in the middle of Railroad St. to listen. One wiggly, loose-limbed fellow was displaying his dance moves, and kids were watching with rapt (and painted) faces. Besides that, the sun was out! The Market was definitely off to a running start! Continue Reading

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.

Bellingham Farmers Market Opens April 7

Category : Bellingham, Farmers' Markets

Farmers MarketWhen the Farmers Market opens, I feel like I start to breathe deeply again. Winter eating went pretty well this year because I had prepared for it by canning, pickling, freezing, drying, and fermenting local foods to preserve them. Acme Farms + Kitchen also helped ease our family over the locavore “hunger gap” between the late fall harvest and the first spring market.

That said, I’m ready for the return of a little more variety in our fresh ingredients besides kale, carrots, and potatoes (though I love them all). The opening of the Farmers Market each spring brings the promise of the lavish diversity of summer food coming soon! Continue Reading

Whatcom County Bees

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Category : About Food Sources, Bellingham, Book and Movie Reviews, Farmers' Markets

Honeybee

Photo by William Warby

For the past decade, US media has carried reports of declining honeybee populations and the impending doom it could mean for food production. I’d seen depressing stories about colony collapse disorder (CCD) where whole hives of bees inexplicably disappear, so it was with some trepidation that I picked up Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus from the library. However, I wanted to know exactly was happening with our fuzzy little friends. Continue Reading

Last Farmers Market 2011

Category : Bellingham, December, Farmers' Markets, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Rabbit Field Farms - Who Grows Your Food?Moods at the last Bellingham Farmers Market this year ran the gamut from holiday frivolity to sadness that the season was coming to a close. Farmers were having relaxed and jovial conversations about their winter plans (mostly involving things like chopping firewood or working on projects they hadn’t had time to tackle during the busy summer season). A couple of young women vendors at one booth were talking excitedly about a spa day someone was giving them. Some were glad they were going to be able to stay warm and dry at home for the next few Saturdays. Continue Reading

Market Inspiration for Adobo Sauce

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Category : Bellingham, Farmers' Markets, Sauces and Dips

Adobo SauceMy visit to the Bellingham Farmers Market last Saturday was the first since the Market was rearranged into its winter configuration. It was like exploring a new Market, except for the delight of finding familiar faces in unfamiliar places. There were a few vendors set up along the sidewalk, and a small handful of the “fast food” vendors on the other side, but most remaining vendors had moved in under the main shelter across from Boundary Bay Brewery. It was nice to see everyone looking relaxed and happy as the busy season begins to wind down on their farms.

Besides picking up our weekly egg CSA from Red Barn Lavender, I didn’t really have a shopping list on this particular day. Instead I was looking for inspiration, something a little unexpected or surprising, that I could turn into a new locavore dish using other autumn ingredients. Continue Reading