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How to Clean a Fresh Salmon

Category : About Food Sources, Other Food Producers, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Smoked Salmon and Biscuit(Originally published October 10, 2012)

A couple of weeks ago I had an iconic Pacific Northwest food experience. It began with a salmon.

It was the last day of reefnet fishing, a special method of salmon fishing which has been practiced in Legoe Bay off Lummi Island for many years. Reefnetters keep the fish they catch in live holds until the last possible moment. Besides keeping the fish alive it also greatly reduces stress and bruising from rough net handling. When you buy fish directly from the fishermen on the beach at the end of the fishing day, you get the freshest possible fish in the most perfect possible condition. The fish will be whole–head, guts, and all. I bought a chum salmon from Rush Rock Reefnet. Continue Reading

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Brined Salmon Roe

Category : About Food Sources, Appetizers, Condiments, Holidays, Menu Ideas, Other Food Producers, Recipes, September

Brined Salmon RoeWild salmon are considered by many to be the stars of Pacific Northwest cuisine. Smoked, grilled, or baked on cedar planks, the flavor of fresh wild salmon steaks and fillets is distinctive and adds a note of special elegance to any meal.

Salmon is even nutritionally suited to people of the Northwest. What’s a vitamin in which most of us are deficient? Vitamin D, the sun vitamin. What vitamin does salmon have in abundance? Vitamin D. How convenient! 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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Reefnet Salmon – Sustainable and Wild

Category : About Food Sources, Other Food Producers, Where to Buy Local Food

Pacific Sockeye SalmonWhat comes to mind first when you think of food that represents the Pacific Northwest? It’s no contest for me. I think of salmon.

Salmon is part of my personal history. When I lived in Alaska in my younger years, I spent time working on a salmon fishing tender, and then a gillnetter. For fun I sometimes helped spot salmon from a small plane. For a long time I worked in the office of a large seafood processor. Later I brokered sales of commercial salmon fishing permits and boats, and even large processing ships. These remarkable fish have been a big focus in my life, and I find them fascinating. Continue Reading

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Interactive Farm Map

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Category : About Food Sources, CSAs, Farm Stands, On the Farm, Other Food Producers, U-Pick Farms, Where to Buy Local Food

Interactive Farm MapMy friend Meredith showed me a relatively new blog this evening written by a woman she knows. The theme is about local food and farms in the Pacific Northwest. It includes dining information, recipes, and ingredient information, but the most stunning feature of the NW Farms & Food website is its interactive farm map.

Select the kinds of foods you are looking for, click the search button, and poof! Little red dots on the map indicate farms that have what you want. Mouse over a dot to see the farm name. Click on a dot to get a page with contact information, a description of products available and farming practices used, links to driving directions, and more.

Check it out! It appears to be very comprehensive, easy to use, and useful.

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Other Food Producers

Category : Other Food Producers, Where to Buy Local Food

Foods produced by the following sources have been used in our recipes. Some do not use only ingredients from Whatcom County, but they make their products here. Also, while you may be able to buy directly from these producers, their products are often available at grocery stores or other retail outlets. Continue Reading

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