Eat Local First

Promoting Local Food & The businesses That sell it

Become an Eat Local First Business

Free for Sustainable Connections members, Eat Local First is a collective marketing campaign that promotes local food. Collective marketing campaigns leverage the power of multiple businesses and stakeholders to create an environment that encourages and reinforces key messages throughout the community.

The more times people are exposed to a message from varying sources, the more likely they will be to hear and act on messages that encourage our community to always think and eat local first. Together, we can help define what local means to us and share the story and benefits of amazing local businesses, ingredients, and abundance we have here.

As a food buyer (restaurant, grocer, etc) when you commit to the Eat Local Campaign you are also directly contributing to the success of our local farmers.  As an Eat Local First participant, we ask that you work towards shifting at least 10% of your total food purchases annually to locally grown foods. A 10% shift in our local food economy would mean an additional $50 million circulating in our local economy!

How to Participate

Grocers, markets, restaurants, distributors – Fill out the application and sign the Eat Local First pledge!

Farmers, fisherman, food producers – Utilize materials in your signage and marketing! Ask us for materials and electronic files.

Eat Local First Materials

Marketing materials with your participation in the Eat Local First Campaign for you to utilize at your business to customers know you’re committed to providing & supporting local farmers.

  1. Eat Local First poster
  2. Eat Local First Twist Ties ($4/bunch of 300)
  3. Eat Local First Window Sticker. To use on front entrance or display case inside
  4. Eat Local First round stickers
  5. “I Ate Local Today” square stickers
  6. Point of Sale cards for grocery, “How Much Local is in your Cart?”
  7. 8.5 x 11″ Eat Local First sign
  8. Laminated Eat Local First display signs for Restaurants, Groceries, Buyer
  9. Laminated “Proud Producer” Eat Local First sign for Farmers, Fishers, Producers

Need more materials?
Contact (360) 647-7093

Who’s participating now?

We’d love to have you join the growing community of Eat Local First Businesses in Whatcom & Skagit Counties! Here’s a current list of all Eat Local First businesses participants that have been utilizing the Eat Local First Campaign and shifting their purchasing practices:

ACME Farms + Kitchen

Acme Farms Cheese

Acme Ice Cream

Acme Valley Foods

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


Cascadia Mushrooms

Cauldron Broths

Chubby Bunny Farm

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

Electric Beet Juice Co.

Evolve Chocolate Truffles LLC

Flying Bird Botanicals

Full Bloom Farm

Gathered Confections

Goat Mountain Pizza

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

Mt. Baker Care Center

Old Town Café


Pepper Sisters



Primer Coffee

Pure Bliss Desserts

Rabbits Field Farm

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

Small Acres

Tasca del Tinto


The C Shop, Candy Shop, Cafe & Pizza

The Cheese Shop at Appel Farms

The Daisy Cafe

The Spice Hut

Tree Frog Night Inn

Triple Wren Farms

Wild Bird Chalet

Woods Coffee

WWU University Dining & Catering Services

Yorky’s Market