We are fortunate in Anacortes, WA to have a wonderful farmers market, which provides an abundance variety of local produce. We are also fortunate that many of our local restaurants purchase from local farmers. And new to our community is the Anacortes Food Coop, which provides a year round source of delectable goodies and healthy choices from local farms and businesses.
The Skagit Valley is enriched with tradition, a vibrant farming community, and supporting groups that encourage and invigorate the future of growing locally. A testament to the future of farming in the Skagit Valley is Viva Farms and the Sustainable Agriculture program at Skagit Valley College. The program at the college, provides education and builds the skills needed to succeed in business and in farming. Their emphasize on small (micro) farming, provides students with a solid foundation and future in farming and works well with the idea of farm-to-table, in other words, Buying Local.
Viva Farms, an incubator program for farmers, started in 2009. Providing assistance, farming education, help with start-up costs, business education, marketing skills, land, equipment, and more, this innovative and determined organization to provide a future for farmers, continues an important and necessary industry to sustain the Skagit Valley farmlands and agriculture future.
Why does this matter to us, the consumers?
First and foremost, eating local is good for our health.
Add more locally grown foods to your dishes. It’s great for your health.
Eating Local is good for our environment.
There are strong economic benefits from eating locally.
Social reasons for eating locally.
Throughout history, communities have bonded around growing, preparing and eating food. One of the reasons that the Anacortes Farmers Market is so successful is the bonding and gathering of the community around the one thing we all have in common—food.
Why eat locally? To contribute to your health, your families health, the environment, the local economy, a sense of wellbeing, and knowing that you are helping to make a difference in a sustainable future.