Earth Day Sustainability Fair

On Tuesday April 22nd from 4-8pm were hosting our 6th annual Earth Day Sustainability Fair in the Beer Garden! This fun, informative community affair aims to raise awareness about the numerous resources available to us locally in Bellingham. Several Whatcom businesses will have booths staged in the Beer Garden with representatives on hand to answer questions and showcase samples of their products and services. From CSA’s, and human powered machines, to recycled art — this year, this year we’ve  assembled an eclectic assortment of ‘green’ innovativeness from the community. 17 local organizations have been confirmed so far and include:

Plantas Nativa
Sustainable Connections
Cloud Mt. Farms
Common Threads Farm
Whatcom Farm to School
Ralf’s Pretzels
Smart Trips
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Lia’s Vertical Garden Tower
Whatcom Museum
Northwest Rain Solutions
Community Food CoOp
Whatcom Farm to School 
Transition Whatcom
Standup Whatcom 
American Rivers 
WWU Students for Renewable Energy

 “We want to make this an afternoon of raising awareness of what great local options we have for making sustainable choices”, states Janet Lightner General Manager of Boundary Bay. This year, Boundary Bay is especially encouraging families with children to attend this free, educational and informative event. Outdoor BBQ and Bar Service will be available starting at 4PM. There will be live music by Hot Cotton, face painters from Chelle Beautiful for the kiddos and demonstrations by The Real Food Show! We even heard a baby lamb was stopping by for a visit — how can you resist that!?

We are lucky to live in a community that places importance on recycling, alternative energy and sustainable life choices…discover the different ways you can get involved too!

Sponsored by:

Chelle Beautiful

Plantas Nativa

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EAT LOCAL MONTH

guideBellingham retailers are joining together in support of Sustainable Connection’s Eat Local First program, with a month long, flavorful and festive celebration of local food and farms. 17 Farm-To-Table restaurants are included in Eat Local Month, along with 20+ edible events — including the Whatcom Harvest Dinner.  Boundary Bay Brewing Co. is one of many Bellingham restaurants, that has made a pledge to provide fresh, natural and local food products to its customers.

Locally owned, family friendly and community driven, we work with over 25 local farmers and suppliers to bring fresh NW pub food to our menu. We adopted the farm to fork slogan and exemplify it’s notion with menu items like the Full Circle Burger: a motto coined from our partnership with local beef supplier, Squaw Creek Cattle Co. in Everson, WA. The cattle at Squaw Creek are grass fed and supplemented with spent grain from the brewery. It’s a simple idea really, it all goes fill circle at Boundary Bay, local business supporting local businesses. In the past year, we’ve made even more changes to our menu, forming  contracts with Anderson Family Ranch, Carlton Farms and Draper Valley Farms; all of whom raise free-range, non-additive, fresh and natural, organic meat products. (click to learn about these menu changes and products).

EAT LOCAL MONTH illustrates how local businesses are working to bring the Bellingham community fresher, healthier food products. In the month of September, Boundary Bay and 16 additional local restaurants have pledged to offer distinctive EAT LOCAL FIRST dishes, made of 50% of more farm-sourced ingredients.

Patrons can win prizes just by eating local food and filling out their EAT LOCAL PASSPORTS. Don’t have one? Just ask your server!  Items on our menu that qualify you for a passport stamp include our Pan Fried Oysters, Full Circle Beef Burger, Harvest Salad, Steamers, Salmon entree and our special of the month; Sabih Sandwich (A classic Mediterranean sandwich with roasted eggplant, Tahiti sauce, hard boiled egg and pickled mango, piled on a cucumber, tomato and onion chopped salad and served on flatbread. (ingredients from Cloud Mt. Farm and Bellingham Flatbread & Bakery).

Sustainable Connections and the participating retailers invite you to eat at their tables, get your eat local month passport stamped, and proudly display your “I ate local today” stickers. To find out more about Eat Local Month, check out the Sustainable Connections webpage.