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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

2013 Ciderfest at BelleWood Acres

Category : Farm Stands, On the Farm, Retail Stores, U-Pick Farms

BelleWood Acres Apple on TreeI’d been looking forward to the annual BelleWood Acres Ciderfest for weeks, and I finally got there on Sunday afternoon. When I came in the door I was enveloped in the sweet, fruity smell of fresh apples and the lively sounds of the fiddle and guitar combo of the Gallus Brothers.

I got there just in time for a late lunch, so I made my way through the crowd to the Bistro area. Fresh cider, hard cider, cider cocktails–the beverage menu options seemed endless. It was clear that the heart of this event was an apple orchard farm.  Continue Reading

German-style Sweet Potato Salad

Category : October, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes

Sweet Potato SaladSweet potatoes can be prepared exactly as you would prepare regular white potatoes, though the flavor will be considerably different–richer and sweeter. In salads, as fries, mashed, sautéed, boiled, steamed, or however you choose to prepare them, sweet potatoes add a sweet earthy flavor to any dish.

I also use them in recipes just as I would squash or pumpkin. Their sweetness makes them ideal for desserts as well as savory dishes. The classic sweet potato pie is a good example. In the recipe below, I’ve used a favorite German potato salad recipe and adapted it to use sweet potatoes instead. Continue Reading

Honey Minted Poached Pears Recipe

Category : Desserts, Recipes, September

Honey Minted Poached Pears RecipePoaching is a simple cooking technique used for things which need to be cooked gently, either because they are very tender or because they cook really quickly. Poaching is very forgiving in terms of slowly cooking things to the point of being perfectly done.

Tree fruits are often good poached. The low heat of poaching allows you to cook them slowly so you can determine when they are just soft enough to pierce with a fork, but not so soft that they begin to fall apart. 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

BelleWood Acres Opens New Store–and Distillery!

Category : About Food Sources, Farm Stands, On the Farm, U-Pick Farms

BelleWood Acres Apple on TreeFor years BelleWood Acres has had their farm store in the heart of their apple orchards. As the farm developed, the store began to feel cramped, and owners Dorie and John Belisle wanted to move their retail sales away from their wholesale operation, with its busy trucks, forklifts–you get the picture. on the other side of their farm at 6140 Guide Meridian near Lynden. Continue Reading

2012 Whatcom Farm Tour

Category : About Food Sources, Events, Farm Stands, On the Farm, U-Pick Farms

September 8, 2012
10:00 amto5:00 pm
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Photo of farm barnNext Saturday, September 8, is one of my favorite events every year–the annual Whatcom Farm Tour! It’s a free self-guided tour of farms around the County who open their gates to visitors from 10am to 5pm. A lot of the farms offer special events, rides for the family, tastings, and more during the day. Continue Reading

Purslane Tomato Sauce Recipe

Category : Recipes, Sauces and Dips

Purslane Tomato Sauce Recipe Purslane is a common weed in many parts of the world. But it’s also a green with a gourmet flavor. You’ll sometimes spot this delicious plant for sale at your Farmers Market. It’s a special treat of summer! Continue Reading

Daikon Fennel Slaw Recipe

Category : Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Daikon Fennel SlawSimplicity itself in terms of preparation, this colorful slaw salad has spectacular flavors. It makes a unique summer picnic or potluck dish. The overall effect on the palate is light and refreshing. It’s a wonderful way to try a couple of ingredients you may not have used before–daikon radishes and fennel bulb. The carrots make this look attractive, even to kids. Continue Reading

Perfect Poached Eggs

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Category : Breakfast, Main Dishes, Recipes

Perfect Poached EggNever poached an egg before? Have you tried, but had trouble keeping the egg from turning into a lacy mess?

With the right technique and a little practice, it’s easier than you think. Continue Reading

Smoky Drop Biscuits

Category : Breads, Breakfast, Recipes, Vegetarian

Smoky Drop BiscuitsWarm biscuits fresh out of the oven and dripping with melting butter–what a luxurious way to start a Sunday brunch!

Biscuits are quick and easy to make if you get the ingredients in the right proportions. Stir everything together, drop on a baking sheet, and bake for less than 15 minutes. It’s a perfect last minute option. Continue Reading

It Takes a Village to Create a Recipe

Category : About Food Sources, Bellingham, Farmers' Markets

Garlic ScapesCreating a new recipe is rarely a solo process. Today’s recipe for an amazing pesto is a case in point. Here’s how it came about. Continue Reading

Strawberry Pie

Category : Desserts, June, Recipes

Strawberry PieIs there anything like the taste of the first deep red strawberries of the year? Sweet-tart and juicy, local strawberries ripened on the plant before picking are a perfect example of the advantages of eating local foods.  Berries shipped in from California and elsewhere and ripened in a box are just not the same quality.

Deep red color and fruity fragrance add to the sensory pleasures of this early local berry. This recipe takes advantage of all your favorite features of strawberries to celebrate their peak season. Continue Reading