2023 Eat Local Month

Meet your farmer, chef, grocer, fisher

Join us for a month-long celebration of local food and those who grow, raise, fish, make, and cook it to share with us! All month long we’ll be highlighting opportunities to meet your chef, farmer, fisher, and grocer and experience the unique flavors of our region. Check out our giveaway page to win local goodies all through September!

Experience all the best flavors of Whatcom County by bike with Bike Northwest! Embark on guided + supported bicycle tours that offer an in-depth look at where our food comes from and behind-the-scenes experiences with those who gather, grow, prepare, and catch our food for us! Visit Bike Northwest for complete details.

Bike Tours

Consider extending your culinary adventure by staying in beautiful Bellingham and Whatcom County. We recommend Snowater Resort, the Holiday Inn, and Semiahmoo Resort!

Check out The Top Places to Get Away and Stay in Bellingham & Whatcom County!

Places to Stay

Farm to Table Trails

All Year Long!: Eat local and earn prizes! Check in at local farms, restaurants, and farm stays on our Farm to Table Trails to receive points. Use your collected points to choose Eat Local First prizes.

Get to know your local farmers markets, fish markets, and grocers


Sept. 1-9 Market Week: Farmers markets, fish markets, cheese markets, and grocers are bountiful at the end of summer, and well into the fall – come enjoy, and support your local market vendors! Check out Bike Northwest’s Market Week ride.

Meet Your Farmer

Sept. 10-16 Farm Week: Learn about local agriculture and enjoy farm activities like:

  • Whatcom County Farm Tour

Meet Local Chefs and Restaurateurs


Sept. 17-23 Restaurant Week: Local restaurants will feature menu specials comprised of 50% or more local ingredients – these specials run for all of September! Look for the fork at local restaurants to find the Eat Local Month specials. Get a guided bike experience on Bike Northwest’s Restaurant Week ride!

Meet Your Fisher


Sept. 24-30 Seafood Week: Enjoy the amazing flavors from our own Salish Sea

Win local prizes!

We’re giving away amazing local food prizes all month long! Be sure to follow on @eatlocalfirstnw for the latest and greatest giveaways.

Eat Local Month Reading Lists

Learn more about local food with these book lists from the Bellingham Public Library!

For Adults

America– Farm to Table
by Mario Batali

Blessing the Hands That Feed Us
by Vicki Robin

Field Guide to Urban Gardening
by Kevin Espiritu

Growing Tomorrow
by Forrest Pritchard

The New Farm
by Brent Preston

A Precautionary Tale
by Philip Ackerman-Leist

The Preserving Answer Book
by Sherri Brooks Vinton

A Little Bit of Land
by Jessica Gigot

by George Monbiot

The Urban Garden
by Kathy Jentz

The Urban Homesteading Cookbook
by Michelle Catherine Nelson

For Kids

Eggs From Red Hen Farm
by Monica Wellington

Food for the Future
by Mia Wenjen

Fresh-picked Poetry
by Michelle Schaub

by Riz Reyes

How to Say Hello to A Worm
by Kari Percival

To Market, to Market
by Nikki McClure

Plant, Cook, Eat!
by Joe Archer

Rah, Rah, Radishes!
by April Pulley Sayre

Right This Very Minute
by Lisl H. Detlefsen

Summer Supper
by Rubin Pfeffer

Tops & Bottoms
by Janet Stevens

What Will Fit?
by Grace Lin


Thank you to our partner farmers markets for providing some fun, tasty ways to enjoy produce and products you can get at your local farmers market! With the help of some local markets, we’ve got some delicious local recipes for you to try at home!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Whatcom Community Foundation
Community Food Co-op
Mt. Baker Care Center & Summit Place Assisted Living
Puget Sound Food Hub
Whatcom County