Two free guides are helping people find a taste of Whatcom County - serving up maps to food, farms and drinks for residents and visitors.
The 2014 Whatcom Food & Farm Finder is being released at the opening day of the Bellingham Farmers Market on Saturday, April 5, at Maple Street and Railroad Avenue. The market opens at 10 a.m.
Residents can use it to find fruits, vegetables, meat, spirits and other local products grown or produced in Whatcom and northern Skagit counties, as well as a guide to eating seasonally.
After Saturday, the Food & Farm Finder will be distributed to more than 250 locations throughout Whatcom County and the Puget Sound region. It's also online at eatlocalfirst.org.
New this year is the Culinary Agritourism Map.
A total of 10,000 copies is being distributed to paid advertising racks in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as well as to surrounding hotels and visitors centers, to select Washington state and B.C. ferries, and to visitors centers throughout the Puget Sound to spread the word about local offerings. It includes itineraries, such as a taste of Bellingham and other food adventures.
The goal is to draw people to this corner of the state.
"We have a great food and farm scene growing here," said Sara Southerland, the Food and Farming Program coordinator for Sustainable Connections. "We want to let people know where to find those."
The Bellingham-based organization is behind both guides.
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