A Declaration of (Food) Independence

Beach picnic below Magnolia Bluff, circa 1915. Photo: H. Ambrose Kiehl, courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Digital Collections. 

Beach picnic below Magnolia Bluff, circa 1915. Photo: H. Ambrose Kiehl, courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Digital Collections. 

We the people, in order to form a more perfect union at the picnic table, inevitably scramble to stock up on the mustard, ketchup, relish, chips and buns for our myriad Independence Day celebrations. But in that mad rush to the big box store leading up to the holiday weekend, we often miss what is just under our noses -- locally grown, raised and sourced ingredients from nearby farms. 

If you’re looking for proof of Made in the USA, it's hard to beat the farmers market, where you can have a conversation with the very people who made sure your favorite foods were watered, fed and truly looked after.  No one loves our land and sea more than our farmers, fishers, ranchers and producers. They are true patriots. By shopping at the farmers market, we don't just help local growers pay the bills; we show our love of country, too.  

So in the spirit of independence (from the industrial food system), we've sketched together a shopping list to help you plan a locally-sourced Fourth of July Feast, featuring SFMA vendors. (Please note: This is a guide; not all vendors come to all SFMA markets.)  

A very happy and safe Independence Day to you from all of us at SFMA!

BurgersSkagit River RanchOlsen Farms. (Like cheese on top of that burger? The Washington Jack from Mt. Townsend Creamery or the Mont Blanchard Cheddar from Samish Bay could do the trick.)

Burger Fixins bar:  Onions: Alvarez, Stoney Plains Organic FarmLettuceSeattle Tilth ProduceOne Leaf FarmPickles: Britt's Pickles

BunsTall Grass Bakery

Sausages and brats: Stokesberry Farm, Olsen Farms, Skagit River Ranch, Seaview Farm

Good ole franks: Skagit River Ranch

Taters for the potato saladKirsop Farm, Olsen Farms

Cabbage for the slaw: Kirsop Farm and Nash's Organic Produce

Veggie kebabs: Mushrooms from Sno-Valley; Zucchini from Colinwood Farm

BeerLowercase BrewingPropolis Brewing

Hard ciderFinnriver 

Soda: No high-fructose corn syrup here. Make your own with a shrub from Sweet Caroline's or pick up a bottle of ginger beer from Timber City or a growler of hand-crafted soda from Soda Jerk Soda

We've even got the mustard! A serious line up from Mustard & Co. 

All-American cobbler for dessertCherries from Lyall Farms, Tiny's Organics, Collins Family Orchards, Martin Family Orchard; Berries from Sidhu Farm, Hayton Farms, Gaia, Growing Washington (cherry cobbler how-to details here).