Eat Local First

Eat Local First is the trusted source for finding local food and farms and identifying the restaurants, markets, and food businesses that purchase from local food producers. We also provide them with the support and resources to continue to grow their business.

Sustainable Connections Food & Farming Program launched the Eat Local First campaign in 2011 to encourage people in Northwest Washington – residents and visitors alike – to choose local food first. We make it easy to find fresh local food with resources like the Food Atlas, the handy printed Food & Farm Finder and community events like Eat Local Month.

Look for the Eat Local First Logo at restaurants, grocery stores, and other locations around town to stay connected to businesses that commit to providing you the freshest local food.

Learn more about Sustainable Connections and how we are working in Northwest Washington to help businesses be more sustainable, and make this the best place to live, work, and play.

What is Local Food?

We define “local” as food that is grown, caught, raised, or made in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan & Island counties – an area where you could feasibly “know your farmer”. We crafted this definition because we have an abundance of food available in our little corner of the world and because local food is more than just measuring food miles – it’s getting to know farmers, fisherman, and food producers here in our backyard.

“Local” food refers to food and other agricultural products (for example, wool or flowers) that are grown or produced, processed, and then sold.

Which Local Businesses are Participating?

The following food businesses are passionate about supporting our local farmers and food system, and they’ve committed to shifting at least 10% of their food purchases to local ingredients. Some are doing much much more! Before you head out shopping or when you are trying to pick a place to eat, think about these businesses to Eat Local First!

ACME Farms + Kitchen
Aslan Brewing Co.
Avenue Bread
BelleWood Acres and Distilling
Bellingham Beer Garden
Bellingham Farmers Market Association
Bellingham Pasta Co.
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Bow Hill Blueberries
Brandywine Kitchen
Cauldron Broths
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
Ciaò Thyme
Colophon Café
Community Food Co-op
Cosmos Bistro
Crave Catering
Crossroads Grocery, Inc.
Cuisine Claire

Dandelion Organic Delivery
Diamond Jim’s Grill
EAT Restaurant & Bar
Evolve Chocolate Truffles LLC
Flying Bird Botanicals
Gathered Confections
Good To Go Meat Pies
Haggen, Inc
Hundred North
Infusion Cuisine
Keenan’s at the Pier
Kombucha Town
Let Them Eat Cake
Lettered Streets Coffeehouse
Living Earth Herbs
Lovitt Restaurant
Mallard Ice Cream
Old Town Café

Pepper Sisters
Primer Coffee
Pure Bliss Desserts
Raven Breads
Rifugio’s Country Italian Cuisine
Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants
Shambala Ancient Grain Bakery & Farm to Fork Bistro
Simmering Tava
Skagit Valley Food Co-op
Tasca del Tinto
The C Shop, Candy Shop, Cafe & Pizza
The Cheese Shop at Appel Farms
The Spice Hut
Triple Wren Farms
Twin Sisters Brewing
Woods Coffee
Yorky’s Market

Check out other local businesses doing good things in our community,
making it the best place to live, work & play!

Local Business Directory

Thank You to Our Eat Local First Sponsors & Partners

Thank You to Our Food & Farming Sponsors