Where to Find Local Food
What is Local Food?
Local food = food that is grown, raised, or produced in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan or Island Counties.
“Locally grown” refers to food and other agricultural products (for example, wool or flowers) that are grown or produced, processed and then sold within a certain area. However, there’s no standard definition of “local” and it isn’t officially monitored. For our little corner of the world, we like to define “local” as food that is grown, raised, or produced in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan or Island Counties. This encompasses fish that is harvested in the waters of the Puget Sound, honey that is collected from a friend’s beehive, beef that is grown on a farmer’s nearby land, or even eggs and vegetables that you might find in your own back yard.
Where do I find Local Food?
The Whatcom Food and Farm Finder contains nearly 150 local businesses offering everything from apples to zucchini, heritage animals and specialty cheese, fine dining to casual fare and one-stop shopping experiences along with a fold out map for easy navigation. They are distributed at over 200 locations, available online, and can be used with our handy Interactive Map. The Whatcom Food and Farm Finder helps locals:
- Eat with the seasons
- Find u-pick and farm stands
- Celebrate at local food & farm events
- Find organic farms and meet farmers
- Learn about Community Supported Agriculture
- Pick restaurants that source locally and bars that make their own beer and spirits
- Source direct from fishers and ranchers
Browse the “Eat and Drink” section of our business directory to find local food from markets, grocers, and food stores. Peruse the abundance of breweries we are fortunate to have located near us, and plan your next meal out with an eclectic mix of restaurants and cafes waiting to serve you their local special of the day.