Stories

Over 50 years of food and wine experience By Liz HansenDecember 2018 If you’re anything like me, buying a bottle of wine for a special occasion consists of deliberating over the prettiest bottle on the sale rack. As you can imagine, I often get stuck with my sub-par and uncomplimentary bottle of wine at...

Consciously grown, harvested with heart By Liz HansenDecember 2018 I don’t think anything could better symbolize the complex eloquence of nature than the intricate beauty of a flower. Of the 270,000 or so species found on the planet today, we’ve managed to incorporate flowers into our everyday lives in countless ways. Arrangements are just...

Long, long ago, in the Salish Sea, the Lummi people devised ingenious methods to harvest wild salmon. Their methods were meant not only to respected the sacred fish, but to ensure the salmon’s return for many generations to come. Today, Lummi Island Wild uses the exact same ancient practices to harvest salmon from the...

A tribute to farming, family, and faith By Diana Meeks What do you call something that is constant but ever changing? Did you ever think that the answer might be a dairy? This is the 108th year Twin Brook has been raising, grazing, and milking cows in Lynden, WA. In some ways it’s the same...

June in Whatcom County is well known for its fickle nature. Warm, sunny days begging for shorts and sandals give way to chilly rains that remind us we live in a maritime climate. Regardless of this variation in weather, one thing is almost a certainty come June: strawberries. Ripe and juicy, these bright red...

When she chose the restaurant’s name, Susan Albert didn’t know she was creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. When Pepper Sisters was created, it was named to pay homage to the most important ingredients in Southwestern cooking: red and green New Mexican chilies.

Nancy Babick has raised two beautiful children and founded two successful businesses. She’s a talented cake artist who can also build gorgeous in-store displays (how awesome is that table display pictured below?!). From humble beginnings to talented entrepreneur, she is a modern day renaissance woman.

Food is unique in its ability to bring together people of all backgrounds. There’s something about eating that helps us overlook differences and recognize that on a deep level, we’re all just humans moving from one meal to the next. This concept of food bringing people together was the spark that lit the flame...

I have a terrible memory. It's common for friends, family, even past boyfriends to ask - eyebrows held high, “how can you not remember that?!” Dates, places, and events slip into obscurity. Some, but not all. I remember the first time I ate at Keenan’s at the Pier, about two years ago. I had...

One of the things we love most at Sustainable Connections is helping to make more local food connections. For the last 7 years, we have been connecting local employers with local farmers in the Farm Fresh Workplaces program, to get deliveries of farm-fresh produce straight from the farm to the office.