The Eat Local First Campaign is a community effort

Headed by Sustainable Connections Food & Farming Program, that encourages Whatcom County residents to make a difference by Eating Local First.

We make it easy to find and celebrate fresh local foods with resources like the Whatcom Food & Farm Finder or events like Eat Local Month. We have tons of info to get you started, and events to keep you connected.

The Eat Local First Program also identifies the restaurants, markets, and food businesses that purchase from local food producers and provide them with the support and resources to do even more.

Look for the Eat Local First Logo at restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses around town to stay connected to businesses that commit to providing you the freshest local food.

What is Local Food?

“Locally grown” refers to food and other agricultural products (for example, wool or flowers) that are grown or produced, processed and then sold. There’s no standard definition of “local” and it isn’t officially monitored. We like to define “local” as food that is grown, raised, or produced in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan or Island Counties. We crafted this definition because we have an abundance of food available in our little corner of the world and because local food is more than just measuring food miles – it’s getting to know farmers, fisherman, and food producers here in our backyard.


Which Local Businesses are Participating?

The following food businesses are passionate about supporting our local farmers and food system, and they’ve committed to shifting at least 10% of their food purchases to local ingredients. Some are doing much much more! Before you head out shopping or when you are trying to pick a place to eat, think about these businesses to Eat Local First!

ACME Farms + Kitchen

Aslan Brewing Co.

Avenue Bread

BelleWood Acres and Distilling

Bellingham Farmers Market Association

Bellingham Pasta Co.

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Bow Hill Blueberries

Brandywine Kitchen


Cauldron Broths

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

Ciaò Thyme

Colophon Café

Community Food Co-op

Cosmos Bistro

Crave Catering

Crossroads Grocery, Inc.

Cuisine Claire

Dandelion Organic Delivery

Diamond Jim’s Grill



EAT Restaurant & Bar

Evolve Chocolate Truffles LLC

Flying Bird Botanicals

Gathered Confections

Good To Go Meat Pies

Haggen, Inc


Hundred North

Infusion Cuisine

Keenan’s at the Pier

Kombucha Town

Let Them Eat Cake

Lettered Streets Coffeehouse

Living Earth Herbs

Lovitt Restaurant

Mallard Ice Cream

Old Town Café


Pepper Sisters



Primer Coffee

Pure Bliss Desserts

Raven Breads

Rifugio’s Country Italian Cuisine

Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Shambala Ancient Grain Bakery & Farm to Fork Bistro

Simmering Tava

Skagit Valley Food Co-op

Tasca del Tinto


The C Shop, Candy Shop, Cafe & Pizza

The Cheese Shop at Appel Farms

The Daisy Cafe

The Spice Hut

Triple Wren Farms

Woods Coffee

Yorky’s Market

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