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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

Eggplant!

Category : Recipes, September, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Eggplant for CaponataEggplants, those lovely deep purple vegetables with smooth skin and undulating curves, are difficult to grow in our climate. That makes it a particular pleasure to find at the Farmers Market or in a home garden.

I recently found some beautiful certified organic eggplant at the Sunseed Farm booth at the Bellingham Farmers Market. I wanted to make some caponata (see recipe below), so selected one to bring home with me.

At the last minute, just as I was getting ready to do the cooking, that eggplant met with an untimely end in my refrigerator. Now, since I had planned to write about eggplant for this column, I had a full blown eggplant emergency. something for which I had no preparedness plan.  Continue Reading

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

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

Locavore Deviled Eggs

Category : Appetizers, March, Recipes, Snacks

Locavore Deviled EggsDeviled eggs remind me of my Indiana grandmother and annual family reunions on various family farms where there were more people than you could count. My mother also developed the knack for making wonderful deviled eggs. I can’t help but continue to play with the recipes, though. My results have been turning out much better since I started buying locally produced eggs laid by healthy, happy chickens. Continue Reading

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

Stewed Kale With Tomatoes

Category : March, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Stewed Kale With TomatoesWhatcom Farm to School’s “Harvest of the Month” for March 2012 is kale, one of my favorite local greens. I’ve been growing, eating, and enjoying kale for years, so I was surprised to find that many people think of kale as an unusual vegetable. If that includes you, let me fill you in on what you’ve been missing. Continue Reading

Sunchoke Potato Gratin

Category : January, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Sunchoke Potato GratinWinter meals in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest are all about warmth, stick-to-your-ribs heartiness, and flavors with substance. For locavores, winter is also about root vegetables, the kinds of things that are harvested in late fall and can be stored over the winter. Continue Reading

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

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

Spicy Pork Stir Fry

Category : Main Dishes, Recipes

Spicy Pork Stir FryPork is a perennial favorite in our family. Roasts, chops, sausage, bacon, ham–there are so many cuts and preparation methods from which to choose that I think of it as one of the most flexible meat sources. Continue Reading

Vegetable Pot Pie

Category : Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Vegetable Pot Pie ServingFall root vegetables are the theme of this one-pot dish of stick-to-your-ribs goodness. Just as the cold weather begins to settle in, the local food markets begin to carry hearty, heat-holding root foods.

Potatoes, carrots, turnips, and beets are well known to most Americans. When you buy from locally grown sources, though, lesser known varieties are also available.

Celeriac (or celery root) is a root vegetable I’ve seen but had never tried cooking with before. It’s flavor is a lighter version of celery stalks, and it has a texture similar to all the common root vegetables. When cooked, it stays crisper than a cooked potato, and doesn’t have the creamy texture of a cooked beet. It’s more like a turnip, though the flavor is milder. Continue Reading

Cucumber Yogurt Salad

Category : Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian

Photo of Cucumber Yogurt SaladOnly a locavore can understand the excitement I felt when I saw the beautiful long English cucumbers from Dominion Organics in Ferndale in the produce rack at Terra Organica. The first appearance of any variety of fresh produce in the spring is like running into an old friend you haven’t seen for awhile. It’s always cause for celebration. Dominion grows these early beauties in their greenhouse so they can be harvested while the soil is still far too cool for planting them outside in the garden.

When I talked with the produce person to confirm these were definitely grown locally, they also noted happily that the “plastic” wrap around each individual cucumber was completely biodegradable. That was good news, too. Continue Reading