Locavore Food Resources
- Sugar: Washington state does not produce any sugar. However, you can get Idaho beet sugar at some stores, including of all places, Cash and Carry. The sugar isn’t labeled “beet sugar” as we’ve been told that’s the kiss of death for sugar marketing. But any sugar you find that comes from Idaho is definitely beet sugar. There’s a tiny bit of beet odor when you open the bag, but it works just like cane sugar in every way. We should note that the sugar beet industry is highly populated with GMO sugar beets. We don’t choose to use beet sugar most of the time, because we’re just not comfortable with the GMO aspect of it all.
- Stevia: You can substitute Stevia for sugar in a number of different recipes. Stevia plants grow wonderfully in Puget Sound. We grew plants in 2008 that were nearly 2 feet high. You can pick the leaves and either dry them and powder them or mash them and soak them in vodka to make Stevia Extract.
- Honey: Puget Sound is a wonderful region for honey. You can find a wide variety of different types of honey at your local farmers markets. If you suffer from allergies, having a spoonful of local honey every day is supposed to be a great way to combat those allergies.
- Flour: A little over a year ago, local flour was hard to find. Now, it’s actually easy. There are several different sources for local flour including Shephard’s Grain, a division of Stone Buhr. We find Shephard’s Grain most often at QFC.
- Bluebird Grain Farms sells local flour. They have white flour, wheat flour, and our favorite: emmer flour. They can be found at the University District Farmers Market and the Ballard Farmers Market from April through October. Outside of those months, you can order from them online, or find their products at your local Whole Foods and PCC.
- Nash’s Organic Produce has a variety of flours including hard red wheat, soft wheat, and even sifted pastry flour.
- Finn River sells their own local wheat flour as well as spelt flour and emmer flour from eastern Washington. We’ve found their wheat flour to be particularly delicious with a sweet aroma that makes great Easy Beer Bread.
- Ginger root: Only available for a few short weeks during the early summer, Mair Farm Taki at the University District Farmers Market carries ginger root.
- Pepper: The only local pepper we’ve found comes in the form of a plant. Rockridge Orchards sells sansho trees in March. If you don’t see any of these plants at their farmers market stand, ask Wade or Judy about them. They might be able to bring you a plant the next week. Plants have been running around $20 and should produce peppercorns the first year. We’re growing one and hope to have peppercorns this year.
- Horseradish: You can grow horseradish here in Puget Sound. It grows like a weed, so a container is best. You can buy fresh horseradish root at Mair Farm Taki or Nash’s and then plant them. Fresh horseradish is so much better than anything you can buy at the store.
- Rice: We haven’t yet found local rice, however you can substitute Emmer in many uses. We use Emmer almost exclusively due to it’s higher protein content and higher fiber. You can get Emmer from Bluebird Grain Farms. If emmer isn’t your thing, try wheat berries, rye berries, or triticale. All of these are available from Nash’s Organic Produce.
- Vinegar: Vinegar comes in many varieties. You can get Apple Cider Vinegar easily from Rockridge Orchards. They have multiple variations including Pear, Strawberry, Raspberry, and even Blueberry. If you want balsamic vinegar, you’ve got one chance a year to score some and believe me, it is a score. Rockridge Orchards makes a rock-salmic vinegar from apples. Wade ages the apple cider vinegar for seven years in a French Oak barrel. Unfortunately for us, when he started this process seven years ago, he just bought seven barrels (one for each year). So for the next six years, you’ll be able to get his extra special Rock-salmic Vinegar for a few weeks in April or May. Given how well it sold this year, chances are he’ll be buying a lot more barrels for the future.
- Salt: Unfortunately, there’s no local salt. Secret Stash Salt, one of our favorite local businesses, takes French sea salt and blends it with local ingredients. If you want local salt, you’ll have to make your own.
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Local Blogs We Love
- Food on the Brain
- Accidental Hedonist
- Local Roots Farm Blog
- Kitchen Mage
- Healthy is Delicious
- Chef Reinvented
- Cooking With Your Kids
Local Farmers Markets Websites
- Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance
- Seattle Farmers Market Association
- Ballard Farmers Market
- University District Farmers Market
- Broadway Farmers Market
- West Seattle Farmers Market
- Wallingford Farmers Market
- Madrona Farmers Market
- Lake City Farmers Market
- Magnolia Farmers Market
- Phinney Farmers Market
- Queen Anne Farmers Market
- Fremont Sunday Market