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2011 Farmers Market Opens!

Category : About Food Sources, April, Bellingham, Farmers' Markets, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Rabbit Field Farms - Who Grows Your Food?Bellingham’s Saturday Farmers Market opened last Saturday (April 2)! The weather was daunting, but we here in Whatcom County rarely let that stop us, so there was an enthusiastic crowd. I arrived early in the afternoon, and most farmers I talked with had been doing a brisk business all day. Continue Reading

Winter Farmers Market

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Category : About Food Sources, Bellingham, December, Farmers' Markets, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Pork Stir Fry MenuAfter Thanksgiving, my supplies of local foods were depleted, so we made a family outing to the Bellingham Farmers Market last Saturday. The sun was out, the air was crisp, and we planned to make a quick trip of it.

Most of the north end of the market was vacant, since a lot of the summer produce stands and fast food stalls have shut down for the year. Most of the remaining vendors were under the shelter at the south end. However, there were still plenty of exciting local foods still available. Continue Reading

Local Holiday Menus Made Easy

Category : About Food Sources, Bellingham, December, Farmers' Markets, Holidays, Main Dishes, November, Recipes, Seasonal Menu Ideas, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Farmers MarketIf you’ve been considering planning a locavore holiday menu this year but thought it might be too hard, I’ve found just the resource for you! Bellingham Farmers Market has made it as easy as can be. Here are two complete local holiday menus, one based on poultry and one vegetarian:

Holiday Menu and Recipes (with turkey or chicken)

Holiday Vegetarian Menu and Recipes Continue Reading

Finding Local Food

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Category : About Food Sources, August, CSAs, Farm Stands, Farmers' Markets, Grow Your Own, On the Farm, Retail Stores, Seasonal Menu Ideas, 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

Trying New Local Ingredients

Category : About Food Sources, August, Farmers' Markets, Lummi Island, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Try New Varieties and Stuffed Zucchini MenuAs we begin to approach the peak harvest season in Whatcom County, I enjoy going to the Farmers Market to look for different or unusual varieties of vegetables I haven’t tried before. Instead of sticking to a shopping list, sometimes I like to let the vegetables themselves inspire my menus.

Zucchini is a familiar ingredient, of course, but this week Hillcrest Farm (Lummi Island) had a variety that was new to me. “Eight Ball” zucchini is almost perfectly round, and each was about the size of a grapefruit. They practically begged to be roasted and stuffed. Continue Reading

Shopping Farmers Markets

Category : About Food Sources, August, Farmers' Markets, Lummi Island, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Farmers MarketPizza was on my mind as I drove to the Lummi Island Farmers Market last Saturday morning. To make a pizza, I need four things–crust dough, a sauce for the base, toppings, and cheese to melt over it all.

I’d found an unbelievably quick pizza dough recipe I could adapt with local ingredients. For the sauce, I hoped to find some early season tomatoes at the Market, but I knew that was being wishful. Plan B was some leftover Locavore Basil Pesto sauce, that I felt sure would make a good base sauce if I didn’t find enough tomatoes. I also knew I could get some Ferndale cheese later that afternoon when the Artisan Wine Gallery opened for Saturday tastings. Continue Reading

Fairhaven Farmers Market

Category : Events, Fairhaven

June 2, 2010
12:00 pmto5:00 pm
June 9, 2010
12:00 pmto5:00 pm

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

May 1, 2010
10:00 amto3:00 pm
May 8, 2010
10:00 amto3:00 pm
May 15, 2010
10:00 amto3:00 pm
May 22, 2010
10:00 amto3:00 pm
May 29, 2010
10:00 amto3:00 pm

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.