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Simple Tips to Eat Local for the Holidays

Gratitude for the abundant harvest is a common and sincere feeling at this time of year. As you prepare for your holiday celebrations, show your support for our food and farming community and consider taking time to eat local this year.eat-local-for-the-holidays-resources

  1. Create your menu using local produce, meats, and dairy products from local farms, the Bellingham Farmer’s Market and the local grocery store.
  2. The Eat Local First Food Atlas is a great online tool for finding local food in Northwest WA.
  3. Here is a list of 10 locally produced items available all year round in Northwest WA.
  4. Involve the kids in the shopping and cooking — it may take a bit longer, but it’s worth it and they will be more enthusiastic eaters at the dinner table! This article has good tips on safely cooking with kids of different ages.

eat-local-first-resourcesNote: “Local” can mean different things to different people. When we say “local food” we are referring to food grown within a four-county region: Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties. This is the same definition used by Sustainable Connections’ Eat Local First program.


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