A Declaration of (Food) Independence

BEACH PICNIC BELOW MAGNOLIA BLUFF, CIRCA 1915. PHOTO: H. AMBROSE KIEHL. COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON LIBRARIES, DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

BEACH PICNIC BELOW MAGNOLIA BLUFF, CIRCA 1915. PHOTO: H. AMBROSE KIEHL. COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON LIBRARIES, DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

Note: This post originally ran a year ago. We've updated it with new vendor info and menu ideas. 

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 at Madrona and Ballard. (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!

Burgers: Skagit River Ranch, Olsen Farms, Windy n Ranch

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.

Condiments + Fixins:

  • Pickled Peppers Bonnie B's Peppers
  • Fresh bulb onions: Alvarez, Stoney Plains Organic Farm
  • Lettuce:  One Leaf Farm, River Run Farm
  • Kraut + Pickles: Britt's Pickles, Iggy's AIive & Cultured

Buns: Tall Grass Bakery

Franks and Sausages: Gray Sky Farm, Olsen Farms, Skagit River Ranch, Seaview Farm, Stokesberry Farm

Beans for the baked beans: Alvarez, Kirsop, Nash's Organic Produce

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

Sweet corn on the cob: Lyall Farms

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

Beverages, leaded and non

  • Beer: Lowercase Brewing, Propolis Brewing Hard cider: Finnriver; Wine: Wilridge, Upsidedown,  
  • 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

All-American cobbler for dessert: Cherries from Lyall Farms, Collins Family Orchards, Martin Family Orchard; Berries from Sidhu Farm, Hayton Farms, Gaia’s Harmony, Growing Washington