The latest local business to join the Co-op is the county’s only family-owned seafood market, selling wild-harvested seafood, including some from their own second-generation family farm. Even before becoming a member-owner business, Northwest Seafood and Wine was supportive to the Co-op, providing an incredible deal on fresh salmon for last fall’s Harvest Dinner fundraiser.
Katie King tells us about her passion for local food, and why she joined our Co-op:
We care about the co-op because local food matters to us. As shellfish farmers at Dabob Bay Oyster Co., we know that there is nothing better for both your health and for your town’s economy than eating food raised locally.
As Michael H. Shuman eloquently stated in Going Local:
“Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing more locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means
becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.”
His statement is a great testimony that your community is really only as strong as your local food systems.
You can tell this by how different the ambiance of a Co-op is than a big grocery store. A local food hub creates a sense of community that is so lost in chain stores. Shopping fresh local produce and goods really helps connect you to your environment. Eating food where you are from helps enlighten issues of environmental sustainability, habitat loss, waste and pollution, and responsible use of fossil fuels.
My background in nutritional sciences has also helped me appreciate how much higher in nutritional value and quality local foods are compared to their industrially grown counterparts. The less distance your food has to travel; the more nutritious, ripe and fresh it is. It is also less likely to be exposed to pollutants, toxins, and excessive handling. Food that spends less time on the road doesn’t lose as much nutrients or time sensitive vitamins and minerals in travel. Most local Farmers, like ourselves, favor taste, nutrition and diversity over “ship-ability” of products. In local and direct markets, products are usually sold within 24 hours after harvest, at the peak of ripeness. Shopping from people that live in your community also ensures better quality food. In our seafood store in the Port Orchard Public Market, Northwest Seafood and Wine, we refuse to sell any artificially farmed seafood because we care about the health of our community members.
As local shellfish farmers, with tidelands in Dabob Bay and all over the Hood Canal and Puget Sound, we feel pretty thankful to be stewards of the beautiful lands we farm. We just hope to help cultivate a community that values sustainability of our beautiful environment and health of our citizens by embracing the local food movement.
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