Eat Island Grown Launches New Blog Featuring the History and Stories of San Juan Islands Agriculture
Read stories behind Island Grown foods with farmer profiles, recipes, history and more!
“Behind every meal is a story”
and we are telling them on the new Eat Island Grown blog, launched on June 28th, 2019 (www.islandgrownsj.com/blog
The unique “terroir” and “merroir” of the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea create conditions that have offered a fragile but bountiful harvest to islanders and beyond for generations, from camas root to cockles, from salal berries to salmon.
“Farming and fishing have been a way of life [in the islands] beginning with the Native Americans who fished and hunted here 7,000 to 9,000 years ago,” writes Iris Graville in Bounty, a book full of great images, stories and recipes highlighting the family farms of Lopez Island. The stories that grow along with the food that is raised and made in San Juan County are rooted in a rich history worth remembering.
In celebration of the islands’ rich agricultural history, and toward connecting consumers with the producers who offer these heritage tastes today, the Eat Island Grown campaign is a collaborative countywide initiative administered by the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild and Island Grown in the San Juans, promoting products grown, made, or gathered in San Juan County, WA.
Paired with historical vignettes on our blog (www.islandgrownsj.com/blog
), are stories written by local experts about contemporary farmers, recipes, and information on where to purchase high-quality island grown products that are good for our community, our lands and our local economy, and that promote a sustainable future on the islands.