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Stories about Local Champions

The Local Champions Blog highlights some of the amazing work our community accomplishes and motivates us all to work better together. We are lucky to work with so many champions who are a model for positive behavior change and influence us to go the extra mile. Our local champions are building connections within the community every day. Filter our stories by categories listed below or browse them all. We hope you’re inspired by the local champions in our community, too! 

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14 Local Drinks You Need To Try

14 Local Drinks You Need To Try

Summer is in full, glorious swing in Bellingham and Whatcom County. We’ve been out relishing all the delights that this beautiful place has to offer. Maybe you’re off exploring Bellingham Bay or the San Juans in a kayak, sailboat, or paddleboard. Or perhaps you’re zipping around on your bike, marveling at the various shades of green that flash by. We’ve been enjoying picnics on the beach, too. There’s nothing like a spread of local food and drink enjoyed in the great outdoors, especially with friends or family.  

Farmer’s Bounty Bloody Mary

Farmer’s Bounty Bloody Mary

Farmer's Bounty Bloody Mary If you stop by a Whatcom County farmers market in July, prepare yourself for absolute delight and wonder. That's because the land's agricultural abundance is on full display - tomatoes nestle in among spicy peppers, fresh greens, and...

Rose-All-Day Sangria

Rose-All-Day Sangria

Rose-All-Day Sangria The days are long and the weather is what we've been waiting for all year long. It seems like there's something to celebrate around every corner, whether that's a major life event or simply breathing in fresh, clean air in the company of those you...

Strawberry-Basil Sparkler

Strawberry-Basil Sparkler

Strawberry-Basil Sparkler This sparkler is the *royal wedding* of sweet and savory. It's fresh, vibrant, and of course, everything is made infinitely more delicious with Whatcom-grown strawberries in the peak of summer. If you're in a creative or experimental mood,...

Low-Waste Libations

Low-Waste Libations

Low-Waste Libations Doing good tastes good. At least, it can when you're drinking some low-waste libations that use ingredients that might otherwise head to the compost or even the *gasp* trash. 30-40% of food in America is wasted. Not only does this significantly...

Gin and Tonic Cucumber Cooler

Gin and Tonic Cucumber Cooler

After a long day spent playing or working in the sunshine, there's nothing like a refreshing beverage in your hand. Bonus points for filling up your glass with local produce and products that not only support your body but also support the vibrant agricultural and...