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What’s This Web Site All About?

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Category : Whatcom Locavore Basics

Early Summer Bounty PaintingFor several years now, I’ve been reading and talking with people about the advantages of becoming a locavore*, a person who eats only¬† food grown, farmed, or produced locally.

I’ve learned a lot. I could go on at length about why eating locally is more sustainable, is often healthier than typical grocery store food that’s been transported an average distance of 1500 miles, and why it’s good for the earth and all living things in many other ways, but instead I’ll refer you to three books that got me interested in the first place. Continue Reading

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2013 Locavore Holiday Dinner Menu Plans!

Category : Whatcom Locavore Products

Cheese ConeWhatcom Locavore Holiday Dinner Menu Plans have been created to help make it easier for you to serve local foods to your family and friends this year. Three five-course menus are available, one with a beef entree, one with salmon, and one vegetarian (lacto-ovo-vegetarian to be precise, since eggs and dairy are used).

The five courses include an appetizer, soup, salad, main dish with side, and dessert. (The vegetarian entree needs no side dish.) Serve them formally one at a time, or family style with some courses combined.

You won’t find “turkey with all the fixin’s” on any of these menus. Instead, the recipes have been selected to help you discover exciting new holiday flavor combinations using familiar, locally grown, seasonal ingredients. Continue Reading

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Second Kindle E-book: Vegetarian Holiday Menu Plan

Category : December, Menu Ideas, November, Whatcom Locavore Products

2012 Holiday Dinner Menu Plan - VegetarianAmazon.com now is offering the vegetarian version of my 2012 Holiday Dinner Menu Plan as a Kindle book. This is for lacto-ovo-vegetarians, as the recipes do use eggs and dairy products.

Holiday highlights often involve sharing meals with gatherings of loved ones in our lives that we may not see as often as we’d like. We want dinners we prepare to be delightful taste experiences, but we don’t want to spend all our time in the kitchen in the process. We want to be free to spend time visiting and relaxing with our friends and family. Continue Reading

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First Whatcom Locavore E-book Launched Today!

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Category : December, Menu Ideas, November, October, Whatcom Locavore Products

2012 Holiday Menu Plan (Beef)We’re so excited! The first Whatcom Locavore Kindle book was just published last night! We took one of our Holiday Menu Plans (the beef version), removed some of the specific geographical information, and formatted it for the Kindle reader. As of this morning, if you search the Kindle Store for “holiday menus” we’re coming up first! The salmon and vegetarian versions will be coming next!

The book appears to be the only one available that is a complete plan for preparing a holiday dinner. Most holiday meal books are collections of recipes, but our book not only has recipes but a complete menu with shopping list and recommended preparation schedule. It’s the details for a stress-free holiday dinner, all in one package.

Purchases from Amazon by clicking here. These small books are a great gift idea, too!

Recipes have been fully tested and are guaranteed to deliver the “wow” factor in flavor, especially if you start with farm fresh locally grown ingredients. Cooking methods used are easy, and the suggested preparation schedule leaves plenty of time to visit and enjoy your guests.

Best of all, these recipes can be used together or individually anytime during the fall and winter when the ingredients used are readily available from Whatcom farmers at the Farmers Market.

Happy holidays and a ho ho ho from our home to yours!

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2012 Locavore Holiday Dinner Menu Plans!

Category : Whatcom Locavore Products

Cheese ConeHoliday Dinner Menu Plans for 2012 have been created to help make it easier for you to serve local foods to your family and friends this year. Three five-course menus are available, one with a beef entree, one with salmon, and one vegetarian (lacto-ovo-vegetarian to be precise, since eggs and dairy are used).

The five courses include an appetizer, soup, salad, main dish with side, and dessert. (The vegetarian entree needs no side dish.) Serve them formally one at a time, or family style with some courses combined.

You won’t find “turkey with all the fixin’s” on any of these menus. Instead, the recipes have been selected to help you discover exciting new holiday flavor combinations using locally grown, seasonal ingredients. Continue Reading

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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

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Dispelling Egg Myths

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Category : March, Menu Ideas, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Free Range Eggs

Photo by Fir0002

Since the 1970s, we’ve been told by scientists that eating eggs could increase our blood cholesterol, leading to clogged arteries. A lot of this was based on the fact that eggs contain cholesterol. Recently, though, researchers have changed their recommendations. For example, eggs also contain lecithin, which can help keep cholesterol in solution in the blood, helping to prevent it from being deposited in the blood vessels. When you eat a whole egg you get both cholesterol and lecithin, and they work together. Continue Reading

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Last Farmers Market 2011

Category : Bellingham, December, Farmers' Markets, Menu Ideas

Rabbit Field Farms - Who Grows Your Food?Moods at the last Bellingham Farmers Market this year ran the gamut from holiday frivolity to sadness that the season was coming to a close. Farmers were having relaxed and jovial conversations about their winter plans (mostly involving things like chopping firewood or working on projects they hadn’t had time to tackle during the busy summer season). A couple of young women vendors at one booth were talking excitedly about a spa day someone was giving them. Some were glad they were going to be able to stay warm and dry at home for the next few Saturdays. Continue Reading

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Bubble and Squeak – and Rutabagas!

Category : Breakfast, December, Main Dishes, Menu Ideas, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Bubble and SqueakEvergreen Station (Ferndale) at the Bellingham Farmers Market often has really beautiful organic vegetables–not just high quality but also visually lovely. Last weekend I was particularly delighted by their large rutabagas. The skins were perfectly smooth, the color varied from pale gold to purple, and the size was enormous. I bought a single 2-pound root, not sure how I would use it. Continue Reading

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Stress-free Holiday Entertaining

Category : Holidays, Menu Ideas, November

Vegetable Beef SoupIf you’re the cook in the family, thoughts of holiday entertaining may generate ambivalent feelings. On the one hand, hosting family and friends for a festive occasion is a special pleasure. On the other hand, it can also seem like a daunting amount of work in a season when time is already stretched thin with decorating, gifting, guests, and travel. How to resolve this conflict? Let me pass on a solution that has worked well for me. Continue Reading

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Locavore Eating–Why Bother?

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Category : January, Menu Ideas, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Locavore Eating--Why Bother?Let’s be honest. There are some downsides to trying to eat as a “locavore” (a person who eats locally grown foods as much as possible), even here in Whatcom County.

First of all, it’s not usually “one stop shopping.” There’s some extra time involved going to farm stores, Terra Organica, one of the the Community Food Co-op locations, or the Farmer’s Market–sometimes all of the above. Continue Reading

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Winter Vegetables

Category : January, Menu Ideas

Winter Vegetables and Locavore MeatloafOur mild coastal climate here in Whatcom County is a boon to locavores* during the winter months. With a little insulation from the earth itself or a thick layer of mulch around the plant to protect its roots, a lot of vegetables can keep producing food on into spring. In fact, some will taste even better after touched by a light freeze.

Some of the best brussels sprouts I ever ate, for example, were harvested from my garden in February. They weren’t lovely to look at on the stalk, but after peeling a couple layers of the outer leaves from them, they looked just like any others. The flavor was sweet and memorable, with less bitter flavor than brussels sprouts harvested in the fall. Continue Reading

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Locavore Convenience Food

Category : Make It Yourself, Menu Ideas, October, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Manufactured Convenience Food? Not Necessary!

Photo by Alejandro Linares Garcia

Eating as a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible) doesn’t mean you have to give up convenience. It also doesn’t mean you have to eat processed foods.

Are you a busy family cook who sometimes doesn’t have time to do more than grab a frozen something from the freezer, heat it up, and serve? With just a little planning and preparation, you can still make those freezer dinner raids when you’re strapped for time. The difference will be your meals will have better nutrition, fewer chemicals, better quality and taste, and you’ll know you’re supporting local family farmers and the local economy. In short, you can still have those frozen french fries–but they’ll be a lot better for you, your family, and your community! Continue Reading

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