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!
Buns: Tall Grass Bakery
Sausages and brats: Stokesberry Farm, Olsen Farms, Skagit River Ranch, Seaview Farm
Good ole franks: Skagit River Ranch
Taters for the potato salad: Kirsop Farm, Olsen Farms
Cabbage for the slaw: Kirsop Farm and Nash's Organic Produce
Veggie kebabs: Mushrooms from Sno-Valley; Zucchini from Colinwood Farm
Hard cider: Finnriver
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 dessert: Cherries 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).