Eat Local First

Picture this – a beautiful, sunny day at a local farm in Whatcom County. The air is filled with the aroma of fresh produce, and you can hear the sounds of cows and chickens in the distance. As you make your way through the farm, you come across a sign that reads “Farm to Table”. You pause, intrigued, and wonder what this means.

Farm to Table is more than just a buzzword. It’s a food movement that’s all about connecting consumers with local farmers and their delicious, fresh produce. This approach ensures that the food on your plate is not only tasty but also healthier and more nutritious.

In Whatcom County, we’re lucky to have over 120 local businesses that offer farm-to-table produce, including everything from juicy apples to crunchy zucchini, locally made spirits to artisanal cheese, and pasture-raised animals to organic produce. You can even visit U-pick and Farm Stands, the Bellingham and Lynden Farmers Market, or our very own Farmstead Store and Bellewood Farms.

Eating locally means you’re consuming food that’s grown, caught, raised, and made right here in Washington State. And not only is the produce more nutritious, but the farm-to-table concept puts money directly into the hands of our hardworking local farmers. Plus, when you eat locally, you have the opportunity to meet the farmers or learn their stories. As a result, you better understand their farming practices and are consuming more nutrient-rich food.

Speaking of nutrient-rich food, have you heard of our grass-fed Wagyu beef? It’s a little-known breed that’s gaining popularity and for good reason! Wagyu cattle were first imported into the USA in 1975, and they’ve since become a staple for high-end dining and gourmet cooks. What makes them stand out? The unique taste and tenderness of highly marbled Wagyu beef makes for an unrivaled eating experience. And did you know that Wagyu is also higher in a type of fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)? This means that Wagyu beef has fewer negative health effects compared to other beef breeds, making it a healthier option.

So the next time you’re looking for fresh, nutritious, and delicious food, remember to shop local and try some of our farm-to-table produce and grass-fed Wagyu beef. Your taste buds and your health will thank you!

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