East County Food Access Newsletter

October 3rd, 2018
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We are also seeking a volunteer or volunteers to Pick up food items from Haggen's South Side, Haggen's Meridian, and Costco in Bellingham, returning it to the Foothills Food Bank!
(Ideal volunteer will have a truck!)
Saturday and/or Sunday
10 to Noon 

It has been quite a season for Twin Sisters Market and it isn't over yet. 

They will be Continuing through the end of October! 

Twin Sisters Market had a record day of sales on Saturday, August 4.  The markets sales have exceeded $1,000 every Saturday since June 30, and year-to-date sales are up by 75% over last year. 

According to Chris Elder, the market’s Founder and President, there is a noticeable uptick in Canadian shoppers who own time-share properties in Kendall and Maple Falls, discovering the market. The participating farms have been enthusiastic; the market’s well stocked and has a solid variety of product including this year’s new additions of poultry and eggs. “Our die-hard regular shoppers have been purchasing between $50 and $90 of fresh farm products every week.”

The market received a $1,000 grant from Whatcom Educational Credit Union to enable the continuing provision of the “Fresh Bucks” program. With this program Foothills residents with Washington EBT benefits can purchase $2 worth of product for every $1 spent. Chris says the market is averaging two to four EBT shoppers each market day.

On top of all of this, the Twin Sisters Market has also been providing fresh product wholesale to Crossroads Market, the Rome Grocery Store, and the Welcome Store on market day. 

Twin Sisters Market’s participating farms include Coyote Bank Farm, Monkey Puzzle Farm, Sage and Sky Farm, Slanted Sun Farm, Small Acres Farm, Sumas River Farm, Sunseed Farm, and Vertical Fog Farm.  Twin Sisters Market also fills in product gaps by bringing in products from Mariposa Farm, Osprey Hill Farm, Slynn Farm and Spring Time Farm.

Follow the link below for great recipes, trivia and educational materials about the Harvest of the Month from Whatcom Farm to School! 
Harvest of the Month!
Come on out to the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (8251 Kendall Rd) for a fun community fair featuring: local farms, a pie contest, farm animal meet-n-greet, crafts of the season and free family photos and a drawing for 1 of 2 bikes!

If you would like to share an autumn flavored skill or craft please contact us- we'd love to include you! 

For more information, call: (360) 599-3944
To enter the pie contest complete this form:
Upcoming Pantries: Friday October 5th & Saturday October 13th
Community Meal Info

Additional Links:

Mt. Baker Free & Reduced School Lunch Application
Whatcom County Food & Meal Resources 1
Whatcom County Food & Meal Resources 2
Thank you for your interest in increasing food security in the East County! 

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