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What’s Sasquatch sippin‘ on these days? Well, if our mysterious and furry friend is anything like us, they’ve got no shortage of options! From coffee to cocktails to kombucha, follow along on social media to find Sasquatch at locations throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County that offer delectable summer refreshments and find out how you can Drink Local First at home, too.

 

         

Relaxing with the Chuckanut Reader from Village Books

Sasquatch loves local drinks in the summer!

Celebrate with Local Beer & Cider

Add to your Summer adventures with Tap Trail! Grab a new July map, carry it wherever you go, and make sure to get a stamp at each of the locations shown. Once you have at least 4 stamps, head to one of the reward redemption locations and trade your stamps for some Tap Trail prizes! Pick up a Tap Trail map and passport at any of the participating businesses in the passport program.

U-Pick Bonus!

Headed out to a U-pick farm?  Use your Think Local First Gift Card to grab a cold beer, cider, or refreshing drink to cool off! One of Sasquatch’s Favorites is to swing by Beach Cat Brewing after stocking up on local goods at Home Farm UPick , Pleasant Valley Dairy, and Capp and Tracy’s Garden.  Check out the full farm map at eatlocalfirst.org for even more ideas!

Plastic Free July

Ditch the plastic six pack rings and join the Plastics Free July movement by getting growler refills with your Think Local First Gift Card. Sasquatch has gathered a list of 11 local businesses from the Tap Trail that accept Think Local First gift cards AND offer growler refills. Win-Win-Win!

14 local drinks you need to try

After all your activities in the sunshine, you’re probably feeling a little… thirsty! Sasquatch certainly is after they spent the morning tromping through the secret forests in the Mount Baker Wilderness. Post-hike, Sasquatch heads to one of the many spots throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County that offer delectable summer refreshments. From cocktails to coffee – we’ve rounded up 14 of Sasquatch’s favorite local drinks you need to try this summer.  

 

Recipes to help you Drink Local First at home

When you you find yourself with berries bursting out of every bowl on your counter

The *royal wedding* of sweet and savory. Full of spirit (but alcohol-free!)

Tomatoes nestle in among spicy peppers, fresh greens, and ruby-hued beets.

 

 

Gin and Tonic Cucumber Cooler

Cucumbers are summer classics and lucky for us, local farmers have plenty to share

Uses ingredients that might otherwise head to the compost or even the *gasp* trash

Don’t forget the caffeine!

Join the Plastic Free July movement and bring your reusable mugs to these locations where you can use your Think Local First Gift Card to fuel up on java and more:

 

Show your local love

Show your love of local with a custom “Think Local First” or “Drink Local Frist” tee, tank, or sweatshirt. Suuuuper soft cotton-polyester blended fabrics are sure to keep you comfortable and stylish this summer! Don’t need another tee shirt, but still want to support local? Consider a Think Local Frist donation, gift card, or browse our online directory of locally owned businesses before running to that big box store or ordering from an online giant. If you’re looking for other ideas, here are 7 things you can do to support local businesses right now!

Whatcom County’s Think Local First eGift Card has many of your favorite retailers, restaurants, services and entertainment in one place. Use the Think Local First gift card at any participating location in Whatcom County — there is truly something for everyone!

How does it work? Choose your recipient and send your gift card via email or text message. The recipient can use it to make purchases at participating businesses. Thanks to the generosity of the Whatcom Community Foundation, purchasing fees are waived!

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Learn how you can support Whatcom County local businesses. Follow Sustainable Connections on Facebook and Instagram for more ideas.

Introducing Flood Siren: A Flood Relief Stout from atwoodfarmbrewery! Flood Siren will benefit local flood relief efforts in Whatcom County after historic flooding of the Nooksack River last November displaced over 500 people and damaged or destroyed millions of dollars worth of property and infrastructure. Atwood Farm Brewery will donate 90% of the gross sales from Flood Siren to the whatcomcf’s Resilience Fund for flood relief. Get your cans at the downtown communityfoodcoop or order through Atwood Farm Brewery's website. Cheers to good drinks and doing good! 🍻

#eatlocalfirst #drinklocalfirst #thinklocalfirst #localbeer #floodrelief
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It's been a wild, tumultuous, beautiful, growth-inducing year, and this Thanksgiving is feeling a little extra special. And while there is still a lot of unknown in the world, some things remain steadfast: we're grateful for the land and seas that provide us with nourishing food, the folks who steward them, and our loved ones with whom we share meals and laughter.

With so much bounty in our area, it can be exciting to plan a Thanksgiving gathering, or other autumnal feast, with food sourced from local growers and grocers. For example, the communityfoodcoop has a wide variety of delicious soups, sides, and salads to grace your dining table. They also carry produce from local farms and ranchers, too! Plus, their desserts are legendary.

What's your go to local resource for planning holiday feasts? Tag them in the comments and share the local love!

#thinklocalfirst #eatlocalfirst #drinklocalfirst #thanksgiving #thanksgivingplanning #whatcomcounty #localthanksgiving
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It's been a wild, tumultuous, beautiful, growth-inducing year, and this Thanksgiving is feeling a little extra special. And while there is still a lot of unknown in the world, some things remain steadfast: we're grateful for the land and seas that provide us with nourishing food, the folks who steward them, and our loved ones with whom we share meals and laughter.

With so much bounty in our area, it can be exciting to plan a Thanksgiving gathering, or other autumnal feast, with food sourced from local growers and grocers. For example, the @communityfoodcoop has a wide variety of delicious soups, sides, and salads to grace your dining table. They also carry produce from local farms and ranchers, too!

What's your go to local resource for planning holiday feasts? Tag them in the comments and share the local love!

#thinklocalfirst #eatlocalfirst #drinklocalfirst #thanksgiving #thanksgivingplanning #whatcomcounty #localthanksgiving
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Wario's been training to become a Pawtender, but we don't have the heart to tell him he can't stick his paw in every glass. Also, he is a cat. 🍺🐈‍⬛ ...

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#cheerstotheweekend with sidehustlebeerco and #drinkmorelocal as they launched TWO new beers this week, grab one, two or six before they are gone!

#locallybrewed #drinklocalfirst
#untappd #beernerd #brewer #SURFSUP #Nanobrewery #drinkcraftnotcrap #IPA #DIPA #Paleale #Sour #hiltonheadisland #friyay #patiopounder #happyhour #beerbeerbeer #whatsyoursidehustle #hiltonheadisland #lowcountry
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Our Halloween decor looks really lifelike this year 👀🐈‍⬛ ...

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Three Underrated Reasons to be a Cat Instead:⁠
🐱 No one would ever send you junk mail.⁠
🐱 If someone's bothering you, you just get to hit 'em ⁠
🐱 You would’ve never accidentally said “you too” after that waiter said to enjoy your meal⁠
Basically, it's the dream life.
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