FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 1, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jessica Meyer, Food & Farming Outreach Coordinator
Sustainable Connections
jessicam@sustainableconnections.org
(360) 647-7093 x 111
http://sustainableconnections.org/eat-localmonth/

Local Farms and Restaurants to Celebrate this Eat Local Month

Sustainable Connections is excited to celebrate September Eat Local Month, a month-long celebration of eating local food and those who grow, raise, harvest, and prepare it to share with this community. All month long, Sustainable Connections will be highlighting the benefits of eating local, as well as opportunities to enjoy food from chefs, farmers, fishers, and grocers and experience the unique flavors of our region. Eat Local Month festivities are outlined on their website at sustainableconnections.org and additional prizes will be given away throughout the month on social media.

From Sept. 2-8, they are celebrating Restaurant Week, when 19 local restaurants will debut their menu specials comprised of 50% or more local ingredients. The specials run all month long and are the perfect way to kick off Eat Local Month. The Bistro at Shuskan is a new Southern inspired farm-to-table restaurant at the Shuskan Golf Course that is making waves with their fresh, delicious dishes. Read more about their story here. Another local food business that’s inspiring and delighting with their farm-to-waffle creations? Waffles in Paradise, a hyper-locally sourced waffle business that offers fun and festive pop-ups like the Farm to Waffle Party. And it doesn’t get more classically Bellingham than Aslan Brewing’s Oktoberfest Bowl, with ingredients sourced from local farms and businesses like Flynn Farms and Pangea Ferments. In addition, Cosmos Bistro will showcase the benefits of eating local by having special locally focused popup dinners on first Fridays throughout the year.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Boudousquie at Bistro at Shuksan.

Eat Local Month continues with Farm Week, which takes place Sept. 9-17, and people can learn about the vital ways in which agriculture contributes to the local food movement while enjoying farm activities like the Whatcom County Farm Tour. On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 11 locations will offer a unique opportunity to meet the folks who grow and raise food and learn more about how that food makes it from the farm to the plate as well as the advantages of eating local food. One farm on the tour is Lydia’s Flock, a local farm with a flock of 120+ sheep; they will be offering a guided tour, a fleece display, and on-farm sales. Learn more about their story and sustainability practices here. Another great stop on the farm tour is Christ the King Foodshare and Farm, where folks can enjoy kids’ potting and planting activities, guided tours, and pictures with a tractor. Plus, for the first 150 people to arrive will receive free hot dogs! 

“We’re fortunate to have so many incredible chefs and farmers in this region,” says Jess Meyer, Sustainable Connections’ Food and Farming Outreach Coordinator. “Eat Local Month is a celebration of all the connections that bring food from the farm to our plates – and the connections that bring us together.”

Sustainable Connections is thrilled to be able to share so many opportunities to dive deeper into our local food movement and the rich agricultural and culinary worlds of Northwest Washington and Whatcom County.

Eat Local Month is made possible by support from Seeking Health, Whatcom Community Foundation, Dandelion Organic Delivery, Bellingham Farmers Market, Whatcom County, FarmWild, and City of Bellingham.

        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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