Living in Whatcom County, WA, we have access to a plethora of locally grown and prepared foods. The Farmers Markets in Bellingham, Fairhaven, Ferndale, and Lynden are great sources for obtaining locally made and grown foods.
There are a variety of CSAs (community supported agriculture) to choose from for local pick up or home delivery. For a list go here:
There are food sharing websites like these:
Some local markets and delivery services demonstrate their commitment to our county's farms and industries by carrying a decent variety of local produce, protein and other products.
Some grocery stores carry some local produce, but I feel that almost everything that grows locally should be sold at our local grocery stores. Contact your local stores to ensure they are carrying more locally grown produce.
Haggens- (360) 733-8720
Albertsons- (360) 733-9244
The Markets- (360) 714-9797
Fred Meyer- Lakeway - (360) 676-1102, Bakerview - (360)788-2900
Safeway- (360) 318-0688
Some members of the Fourth Corner Exchange have fresh foodstuffs that they exchange with other members for Life Dollars. For information on joining go to the following:
Local farms can be contacted directly for their hours and offerings. Please let us know of any farms that should be listed here.
Keep an eye out for handpainted signs! Many will direct you to neighbors with small farms offering fresh eggs, herbs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and wild caught fish at very reasonable prices!
A neighbor with a full plum or apple tree might permit you to pick if you agree to share your pickings. Don't be shy about asking for gleaning privileges. Many farmers will allow individuals to pick potatoes or other crops from their fields after harvest.
Take advantage of the seasons, particularly the extravagance of late summer berries available in the wild around the county. Collect Sea-lettuce and Kelp while you dig for clams along the coast ( beware red-tide warnings).
You can take a class in foraging or join a self-sufficiency group that will help you to determine mushroom from toadstool, Huckleberries from Pyracantha, Anise and Dill from Queen Anne's Lace.
There are numerous websites that can aid you in discovering what foods you can find in your own backyard.
You man even decide to start growing your own!