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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

Locavore Cheese Soufflé

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Category : Breakfast, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Photo of Locavore Cheese SouffleA cheese soufflé is a classic dish, and I wanted to see if it could be adapted easily to locally available ingredients. This recipe is a variation based on Alton Brown’s Cheese Soufflé.

There were two main challenges. The bechamel sauce that flavors the eggs and cheese usually has a little flour in it as a thickener, and cream of tartar is usually mixed into the egg whites to strengthen them and keep them fluffy. Continue Reading

Time to Sign Up for a CSA!

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

Photo of Field at Small FarmCSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscriptions are a terrific way to get started in local eating. You buy a subscription or “share” from a farm offering CSA’s in the early spring. In return you’ll get a bag or box of farm fresh food every week, usually from May through September or so. Here’s the list of farms in Whatcom County offering CSA’s for 2010, according to Sustainable Connections’ March newsletter: Continue Reading