Eat Local For The Holidays!

Nourish the people you love, nourish the place you live

This is a special time of year for local food. You might be wondering what could possibly be in season, but luckily there are lots of locally sourced ingredients to choose from. We’re here to help you find them. Sweet squash of every kind, heritage turkeys, earthy beets, tart greens and flavors preserved from the summer months like berries, tomatoes, and peaches! We have fresh oysters from the Sound, pastured pork, and enough creameries to make a cheese lovers heart melt.

This holiday season we hope your table is brimming with delicious local meals and surrounded by the people you love! Continue on to find a handy shopping list of holiday must-haves that can be found locally and additional resources for a locally sourced happy holiday season.

A holiday shopping list
to make eating local easy!

Build meals around our local
winter abundance

Though many fields lie fallow, there is
still a plethora of local ingredients to use
and create memorable meals with.

Print The List!

Holiday Meal Planning Ideas

Here are just some ideas and resources to get you started! Visit the Food Atlas to explore
all local farms, fishers, and food producers.

Fresh, not frozen…

Look for these fresh at local grocers like the Community Food Co-op and the Bellingham Farmers Market. Visit the Food Atlas to find specific farms to source from!

  • Apples
  • Pumpkin
  • Winter squash
  • Potatoes & Parsnips
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Greens: kale, lettuce and collards
  • Leeks
  • Beets
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Turnips
  • Pasta! (Bellingham Pasta Co.)

Something for the sweet tooth...

Most of these businesses have listings on our Food Atlas, visit it to find their specific details and where you can buy their product in our community.

Desserts

&

Sweets

Bellewood Acres and Distilling

The Breadfarm

The Mount Bakery

Mallard’s Ice Cream

Pure Bliss Desserts

Monica’s Waterfront Bakery and Café

The C Shop

 

Holiday ambiance, trees & more!

Most of these farms and food businesses have listings on our Food Atlas, visit it to find their specific details and where you can buy their product in our community.

Bouquets

&

Wreathes

 

Full Bloom Farm

Triple Wren Farms

Free Range Flowers

 

Christmas Trees BelleWood Acres

Kelly Road Christmas Trees

Fullner Christmas Tree Farm

Manthee’s Christmas Trees

Frozen, not fresh...

Most of these farms and food businesses have listings on our Food Atlas, visit it to find their specific details and where you can buy their product in our community.

Berries Barbies Berries

Boxx Berry Farm

Meat & Seafood See “If Meat Is The Main Course”
Ice Cream Edaleen Dairy

Mallard Ice Cream

Acme Ice Cream

 

If meat is the main course…

All of these farms have listings on our Food Atlas, visit it to find their specific details and where you can buy their product in our community.

Turkey

 

Cedarville Farms

Oak Meadow Farms

Pork Alluvial Farms

Ten Fold Farm

Chicken Growing Washington

Misty Meadows Farm

Osprey Hill Farm

Riverhaven Farm

Wild Acres Farm

Beef Kragnes Family Farms

Matheson Farms

Ninety Farms

Skiyou Ranch

Ten Fold Farm

Duck

 

Osprey Hill Farm

Wild Acres

Lamb Kragnes Family Farms

Lydia’s Flock

Ninety Farms

Riverhaven Farm

TenFold Farm

Osprey Hill Farm

Salmon & Seafood Lummi Island Wild

Nerka Sea Frozen Salmon

Taylor Shellfish Farms

Something to drink...

Most of these businesses have listings on our Food Atlas, visit it to find their specific details and where you can buy their product in our community.

Beer,

Wine,

& Cider

Seifert & Jones

Elizabeth Station

Stone’s Throw Brewery

Twin Sisters Brewery

Atwood Ales Farm Brewery

Garden Path Fermentation

Samson Estates Winery

Lost Giants Cider Co.

 

 

Liquor & Spirits

 

Probably Shouldn’t Distillery

 

Eggnog

 

Twin Brook Creamery

 

Mulling Spices

 

The Spice Hut

Gift local food for
the holidays!

We’ve made an online gift guide
that will knock your holiday
socks off.

Go another step further and gift local! Nourish the ones you love with edible goodies and gift cards to local restaurants. Click through to our online gift guide to explore different local gift ideas by type or budget.

Visit Local Gift Guide

Enjoy seasonal meals
at these locally owned restaurants
that source from local farms

Each of these local restaurants are a participant in Eat Local First! They’ve made it a priority to source ingredients from farms and food businesses in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, and Island counties. Look for the fork on their menus to find meals with local ingredients.

Aslan Brewing Co.
Bellingham Beer Garden
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Brandywine Kitchen
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
Cosmos Bistro
Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town
EAT Restaurant and Bar
Evolve Chocolate + Cafe
Good To Go Meat Pies
Hundred North
Lovitt restaurant
Old Town Café
Pizza’zza
Pure Bliss Desserts
Rome Grocery & Country Kitchen
Semiahmoo Resort
The Wild Oat Bakery & Café

Explore all Eat Local First Participants, click here!

Shop Local Grocers

Support the folks that support our community

Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms — further strengthening the economic base of the whole community.

Love local food,
don’t let a bite go
to waste.

Squatch food waste with us

Sustainable Connections is also working hard to help our community reduce food waste, and the gentle giant of the Pacific Northwest, Sasquatch, is giving us a hand! Visit our Squatch Waste page to access tools like the party guestimator which can help you figure out exactly how much to buy, the ultimate food storage guide, and more!

Squatch Your Food Waste

Thank You to Our Eat Local First Sponsors & Partners

Thank You to Our Food & Farming Sponsors