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Garlic Scapes Pesto

Category : June, Recipes, Sauces and Dips, Vegetarian

Garlic Scapes PestoMany people were involved in creating this recipe (read about it here), and it turned out to be one of the best locavore recipes yet. Exotic looking and richly flavored garlic scapes provide the green herb for this pesto (instead of basil), and light and delicate hazelnut oil provides a robust support with a flavor strikingly different than the more commonly used olive oil.

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Organic: Facts and Fiction

Category : About Food Sources, On the Farm, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Photo of Field at Small Farm“Organic” is a term used to describe some food and farming techniques, but the meaning can be confusing. Let’s try to sort out some fact from fiction. 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!

Nettles Tea

Category : Beverages, March, Recipes, Wildcrafting

Nettles TeaSo now you’ve gone out and foraged some stinging nettles, and you know how to handle them comfortably. How do you cook them? Easiest place to start is making tea. Nettles tea is very healthy and will give you a good opportunity to see what nettles taste like. I thought it might taste kind of “green” but it’s got a sweet note that makes it very pleasant. The color is simply spectacular. Continue Reading

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

How to Become a Locavore

Category : CSAs, Whatcom Locavore Basics

2012 Whatcom Locavore CalendarLocavores are people who eat only locally grown food as much as possible. Personally, I try to eat only food grown in Whatcom County.

If you want to give it a try, here are some things I’ve learned over the past two years that may help you get started. 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

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

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

Squash Patties

Category : Breakfast, January, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Squash PattiesA friend of mine enjoys the taste of squash, but she has a hard time getting past the mushy texture. Since she grows so much squash in her garden, and often shares with me, I’ve been doing some experimenting to see if I could solve her problem and come up with some variation of cooked squash that was crispy.

This recipe was not a success from the texture point of view. However, the flavor was wonderful! Continue Reading

Locavore Onion Dip

Category : Appetizers, Recipes, Sauces and Dips, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Locavore Onion DipOkay, I confess. I love the old onion dip made with sour cream and dried onion soup mix. When I started eating as a locavore, I just had to come up with an alternative that tasted as good.

Here’s the recipe I concocted. I actually like it even better than the old version. Let me know what you think. Continue Reading