Stories

The Farm Stand Where Everyone Is Family Nestled in the South Fork Valley on Highway 9, you’ll find Mama’s Garden, a unique farm stand offering local produce, meats, honey, flowers, maple syrup, and more to their community. At the heart of Mama’s Garden is a deep commitment to integrity, quality, and care.  As Renee Kalsbeek,...

Washington is home to a rich, varied, and delicious food system. Anyone who’s been to a farmers market or local grocery store will tell you about how fortunate we are to live in an abundant region, where food artisans and farmers work together to bring creative and nourishing products to our plates. Those of...

This story was first published by SoulCraft All Stars. Local Food, Local Money, and the Power of Storytelling “How we eat can change the world,” said visionary Alice Waters. At first, that statement may seem idealistic or exaggerated, but as we’ve seen through Alice’s work in the California School systems and around the globe,...

We at Eat Local First have been long-time fans of Port Townsend Coop‘s blog The Beet! Check them out for Olympic Peninsula food news, product highlights, amazing recipes, and more! This story was originally published there on March 26, 2024. SoulCedar Farm is a small scale, holistic farm located on the Olympic Peninsula in...

Crave Catering is a Bellingham-based catering business with a focus on local, chef-inspired food for all manner of events: intimate and large-scale weddings; reception celebrations; benchmark occasions; corporate events; non-profit functions; general family dining; and more.   Kimberly Anderson, Crave’s general manager, shares how Crave has evolved over the years to be the pinnacle of farm-to-table...

There are many reasons why people choose to eat local first – from supporting their neighbors to making their dollars go further in the local economy to the joy of tasting seasonal and sustainably raised food.   One more reason to eat local first? The ability to select food that’s grown, raised, caught, and harvested...

Tele Aadsen is a female commercial fisherman and writer, connecting people to salmon through the stories she shares and the fish she catches. She knows first-hand how the power of storytelling shapes our relationships to the food we eat and the folks who grow, raise, harvest, and catch it. Both fishing and writing have...

This story was originally shared from San Juan Islands Agriculture Guild and is re-shared here with permission. Sunnyfield Farm, LLC is a small, family-run goat dairy providing wholesome, high-quality goat milk products to their Lopez Island community and neighboring islands. Do you have a moment that inspired you to become a farmer? Well, not...

I found my farmer She cares for her soil, tends to her sprouts She knows when to dig, when to pick, and when to be patient. She watches the sky,  and loves the land, so it can love us back. When I buy local it’s about more than food; it’s a relationship between my farmer...

Nestled near the Skagit Valley Airport and Cairnspring Mills in the heart of the Skagit Valley, you’ll find a hidden gem of a bakery. Water Tank Bakery creates wholesome bread, cookies, and other treats, prioritizing local ingredients and the process of long fermentation and sourdough levain. The result speaks for itself: bread and baked goods bursting...