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Sound Consumer | June 2010

by Eli Penberthy, Associate Editor

(June 2010) — It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest is home to some of the best food in the world — in fact, it’s probably a big reason why we choose to live here! You’ll always find your favorites at our neighborhood PCCs, but sometimes it’s fun to visit the source and see where some PCC foods come from firsthand.

Summer’s long hours of daylight and warm weather make it a perfect time to explore this culinary haven, and many destinations are within an hour or two of the city. You can spend an afternoon picking berries and visiting farm stands (see the Puget Sound Fresh guide for a list of local farms at puget soundfresh.org); stop by a few creameries on your way to a Canadian vacation; or plan an overnight stay in Washington wine country, tasting at several wineries while you’re there.

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A Samish Bay Cheese owner kisses one of his “cheese-makers!”
Photo by Alicia Guy

You’ll find that the community of farmers, cheesemakers, wineries, breweries, coffee roasters, restaurants and other food artisans around Puget Sound is thriving, diverse and rich; whether you’re in search of a sharp farmstead cheese, a world-class wine or the sweetest carrot you’ve ever tasted, any direction you go — east, west, north or south — you’re bound to be well-fed!

North

Golden Glen Creamery, Samish Bay Cheese, and Fidalgo Bay Coffee are in the Skagit Valley and only about 10 minutes apart — so visit all three in the same trip! The Cascadian Home Farm is less than an hour east, so you could visit there the same day, or travel an hour north to visit the Grace Harbor farm store, which also is a nice stop-off if you’re on your way to Canada.

West

Great day trips on the Olympic Peninsula and Vashon Island.

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Taste Nash’s super sweet carrots.
Photo by Nash’s Organic Produce

East

Close to home, easy day trips.

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Pick berries at Remlinger Farms.
Photo by Remlinger Farm

South

Chinook Wines, in the Yakima Valley, and Domaine Pouillon, in the Columbia Gorge, are more than three hours outside of Seattle, so plan to stay overnight. There are plenty of other wineries to visit nearby, so you can visit several in a day. See wineyakimavalley.org and columbiagorgewine.com for more information.

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Spend a day at Domaine Pouillon Winery.
Photo by Domaine Pouillon

Close to home

You won’t go hungry (or thirsty) sticking around the city this summer, either. Seattle is a food-lover’s paradise. Tour the Theo Chocolate factory in Fremont. Or, go on a mini-pub crawl in Ballard, visiting Maritime Pacific Brewery’s Jolly Roger Taproom and stopping for a second pint at another nearby brewery, Hale’s Ales. It’s summer, after all!

For those who prefer a more low-key adventure, pack a picnic for a day at the park or beach — stopping at the PCC delis to pick up salads, sandwiches and brownies, of course! It’s a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

More adventures

Of course, we know that not every delicious thing to eat and drink from the Pacific Northwest is available at PCC, so we thought we'd tell you about a few unique other unique finds that are worth a trip.

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