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March 28, 2018

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Local food guide gets a fresh new look, celebrates release with opening day at Bellingham Farmer's Market

Join Sustainable Connections at the opening day of the Bellingham Farmers Market for the release of the 2018- 19 Eat Local First Food & Farm Finder and the launch of the new Eat Local First Campaign with a celebration at the Bellingham Farmer's Market. The Eat Local First Food and Farm Finder Release and Eat Local First Launch will take place on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Bellingham Farmer's Market at the Depot Square. The event will also take place on the first Farmer's Market of the season! More info can be found at, https://sustainableconnections.org/events. The well-known campaign that has been part of the NW Washington community for seven years, the Eat Local First Campaign helps people find, buy and prepare fresh, high-quality food grown, raised, harvested and made in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island Counties. It’s an initiative of Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program, to support local farmers, fishermen, and restaurant owners and grocers who sell local products. Local design firm Ketchup + Mustard produced the new look. “Eating local is one of the best ways to stay healthy, nourish the people you love, and support our community," said Sara Southerland, Sustainable Connections Food & Farming Program Manager. “As our farmers and local food businesses are working hard to constantly innovate and bring us the best quality food– we wanted to keep our look fresh, vibrant, and representative of the bounty of local food in our community.” Sustainable Connections will be tossing the cabbage to open the 2018 Bellingham Farmers Market season and releasing the new 2018 Eat Local First Food & Farm Finder on April 7th. The comprehensive guide to finding local farms and food, this year's guide, which lists 120 local farms and businesses, what they offer, and how to find them. From apples to zucchini, locally made spirits to specialty cheese, it's the authoritative guide on finding local food in our region. It also contains a fold-out map for easy navigation and seeks to help all find:

  • The healthiest, freshest foods
  • U-pick and farm stands
  • Organic farms
  • Humanely raised animal products
  • Where to sign up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares
  • Dates for local food & farming events
The Eat Local First Food & Farm Finder is produced and published by Sustainable Connections and is made possible by support and contributions from Whatcom County, Lithtex NW, and Diane Padys Photography. Distributed to 350+ locations throughout Whatcom, and neighboring counties, it will also be available online at www.eatlocalfirst.org.

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