Stories

Growing food takes a lot of materials – including some that non-farmers might not even think of! For example, imagine a beautiful bundle of fresh spinach. How is it possibly going to stay together in the grocery store without a twist tie!?

Located in Custer WA, Grace Harbor Farms is a family farm that is known and beloved for their all-natural cream top milk, yogurt, kefir, cultured buttermilk, and goat milk. The care and passion that they put into their products is a family value passed down through the generations.  David Lukens is the current, second generation owner...

The gifts that Mariposa shares with their community – from Whatcom County to Seattle and beyond – have touched so many people, inviting care and connection to both food and the humans that grow it. Joaquin and Lis find these connections deeply rewarding. Joaquin adds, “We came back that year [2022] more motivated by...

You might be familiar with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares, sometimes referred to as ‘farm shares’ or ‘farm boxes’ which are best known for keeping a fresh, seasonal supply of produce in your home throughout a farm’s growing season. But did you know that local flower subscriptions are also growing in popularity? Our CSA...

Brandywine Kitchen, a beloved restaurant in downtown Bellingham, has always brought local food to the community in delicious and thoughtful ways. Now under the sole ownership of Azizi Tookas, and after the challenges of the pandemic, Brandywine is exploring creative ways of feeding and nourishing their customers – one local soup and sandwich combo at a time. ...

By Micha Ide of Bright Ide Acres When my husband and I first dipped our toes into farming back in 2013, we started out by growing organic produce alongside raising a small amount of animals for meat. It became clear within a couple years that we were much better suited for animal husbandry, and...

Meet Amy, aka ‘PolkaDot’ of PolkaDot Farm. She earned the nickname PolkaDot from her husband for her creativity, associative thinking, and whimsy — and has since embraced polka dots and all the delight they bring with them. Amy hopes to evoke “nostalgic, 1950s, your neighbor grows your food vibes” through PolkaDot Farm’s vintage farm aesthetic...

Located on 40 acres of Sauk-Suiattle, Upper Skagit, and Stillaguamish lands, Long Hearing Farm grows food to nourish their community and neighbors, listening to the past as well as to the future. As farmer-owner Elizabeth Bragg puts it, “Our mission at Long Hearing Farm is to grow food as if the lives of the...

Eat Local First Kicks off CSA promotions by Celebrating National CSA Week

Whatcom County is home to rich and abundant ecosystems, a passionate food and farming community, and engaged citizens. Why, then, do so many people in the local food system still struggle to grow, raise, access, and afford healthy and nutritious food? Why, and how, are our lands and seas vulnerable to climate change? And...