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September Eat Local Month
September is the time of year we go big to encourage our community to support local food businesses, educate them on the importance of eating local, and celebrate the bounty that’s in our backyard! It’s a great time to connect with the community and help them get to know (or remember) all the good work you do here. There are many ways for both members and non-members to get involved, we’d love to partner up!
Advertise in the September Eat Local Month Guide
Participate in events like the Whatcom County Farm Tour, keep scrolling!
Be a business participant in Eat Local Month
Be a promotional partner for Eat Local Month
Be a Participating Eat Local Month Business
A big part of the month is the Eat Local Month Passport – it’s part of the consumer experience, where folks can participate in different activities to get stamps and enter to win awesome food prizes. Be a business where people come to get stamped! You’ll be asked to participate in a way that makes sense for your business – create a local special, label local food items, or donate a prize. For putting in the extra effort, we promote you far and wide! You’ll be listed in 45,000 copies of the Eat Local Month guide and listed on our website event pages. This opportunity is only open to Sustainable Connections members.
Be a Promotional Partner
We’d love to talk up your food or farming events you may be having in the month of September. Each situation is different but there are lots of options from helping to organize to just swapping promotion. Please contact us if you’re interested in hosting or co-promoting an Eat Local Month event!
The Whatcom County Farm Tour
The Whatcom County Farm Tour has been going strong for over a decade! We’re always looking for local farms interested in throwing open their barn doors and participating in this popular community event. Always the second weekend in September, its a great opportunity to help the public connect with how their food is actually grown and build relationships that can lead to more community support. Hundreds of people attend each year, and attendance keeps growing! Open to members and non-members contact us for more info!
The Downtown Market Walk
In July 2016, we launched the first ever Downtown Market Walk – a fun way to promote shopping for your groceries and specialty items downtown. The concept is simple: Get your groceries downtown, and eat local, from local. What has now become an annual event with hundreds of attendees, we are always on the lookout for food businesses that would like to participate.
The event is a Walkabout type event (in art-walk style), but with tables outside participating businesses to welcome folks in, offering samples, specials and some fun education about local farmers and producers. We’ll have a Bingo card folks can get stamped from each business, for a chance to win an epic food-prize package too, for extra incentive. Open to members and non-members, contact us for more info about how to get involved.