Bellingham Admin | 04/17/2010 | Farms & Agriculture, Insider Blogs |   

A Benefit of The Bellingham Farmers Market

I will admit it. I’ve been reluctant to get into organic, local eating. I’m good in spurts. I like the idea of it, but I find that I’m bad in practice. I recently decided to get an organic veggie bin delivered to my house twice a month. That was a good start. But when I’m dong my meal planning and recipe hunting, I don’t always think about the local, organic side of my ingredients. I’m quickly realizing that it’s hard to come up with a "valid"  excuse as a Bellinghamster. Take the Bellingham Farmer's Market for example. Jackpot. I have spent the last few Saturdays down at the Farmers Market. Yes, I probably spent more on my groceries there than I would have if I had gone to a chain grocery and bought name-brand items. That's true.  But I’m not sure I would have enjoyed my cheeses, breads, cookies, nuts, pasta, etc as much had I not purchased these items at the market. My conscience certainly benefited, too. Rain or shine, I love the inspiration, smells and tastes I feel when I go there. Getting there by bike is even better.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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