Washington Local Foods

Great Eats in Seattle, Spokane, and Beyond

Find great foods throughout Washington state—from Spokane to Sequim (and of course Seattle Tacoma, too). Have a favorite thing about eating locally in the great state of Washington? Email me to tell me what I've missed!

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    Washington State Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

    Fresh Mushrooms
    Mix of Mushrooms. James Tse/Getty Images

    Washington is full of great produce, from the green Pacific coast to the more arid eastern section of the state, the state has a range of growing conditions to offer. Warm and dry summers, cool but not frosty and wet winters all make for very happy plants. See what fruits and vegetables to expect when in Washington State with this Guide to Washington Seasonal Produce.

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    Washington Farmers Markets

    Jeremy Faber of Foraged and Found Edibles at the Ballard Farmers' Market in Seattle. Photo © Molly Watson

    Just as the state is filled with great produce, it is also covered with farmers markets full of said produce, not to mention pastured eggs and meat and dairy products, fresh seafood, and jams (made from some of the sweetest, juiciest berries you'll likely to find), as well as other local foodstuffs. Find them all with this Guide to Washington State Farmers Markets.

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    Washington Apples & Pears

    Green Anjou Pears
    Anjou Pears. Mitch /Getty Images

    Washington grows famously good (and widely exported) apples and pears. Look for Washington-grown apples and pears at farmers markets and grocery stores, or find an orchard where you can pick your own. In any case, once you get them home make good use of them with these Apple Recipes and Pear Recipes.

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    Washington Berries

    Blackberries in a Basket
    Blackberries. Photo © Paul Williams - Funkystock/Getty Images

    From cultivated blueberries to wild blackberries along roads and meadows to huckleberries (as shown baked in a pie) in the woods and mountains, the berries in Washington state are fabulous.

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  • 05 of 11

    Washington Cheeses

    Cheese on a Cutting Board
    Cubed Cheese. Image Source/Getty Images

    Great cheese is to be had in Washington. From Washington State University's famous Cougar Gold to Seattle's Beecher's Handmade Cheese and dozens upon dozens of smaller producers. All of which is highlighted at Seattle's annual Cheese Festival in May.

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    Washington Cherries

    Cherries. Photo © Molly Watson

    One of the best cherries is named after the gorgeous Mount Rainier near Seattle. The cool and wet but not freezing winters and warm, dry summers that make Washington such a great place to grow berries and grapes make sit perfect for cherries, too. Most of the cherries grown in Washington are sweet cherries—Rainier, Bing, Tulare, etc.—perfect for eating out of hand or tossing into salads. When you're ready to cook with them, check out these cherry recipes. Want to know more? Read All About...MORE Cherries.

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    Washington Dungeness Crab

    Fresh Live Crab
    Dungeness Crab. Photo © Owaki - Kulla/Getty Images

    Salmon may get all the attention, and oysters sure suck up more than their fair share of the seafood loving oxygen in Washington, but Dungeness crab—that darling of West Coast shellfish lovers—is named after the small port of Dungeness on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Learn more About Dungeness Crab here.

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    Washington Shellfish

    Freshly Shucked Oysters
    Oysters with Tabasco Sauce. Photo © Hybrid Images/Getty Images

    The Puget Sound hosts many shellfish farms: oysters, mussels, clams, and geoducks are raised in the tidal flat areas in impressively sustainable ways. The rich but cold waters create some of the tastiest shellfish available. Pacific oyster breeds (i.e. kumamotos, pacificas) are particularly worth seeking out for their sweet flavor, plump build, snappy texture,and briny pop.

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    Washington Wild Salmon

    Wild Pacific Salmon (Sockeye)
    Sockeye Salmon. Photo © Getty Images

    Since the locals know their salmon, it's rarely listed as simply "salmon" when for sale in the Pacific Northwest. Where it was caught and which type of salmon it is are usually noted.

    See Fresh Salmon for sale at Pike Place Market to give you a feel.

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    Washington Wines & Beers

    Wine Grapes Growing
    Grapes on the Vine. Gary Holscher/Getty Images

    Some great wines are made in Washington, and there are winery districts all over the state. This listing of Washington Wines and Wineries is a great place to get started exploring the Washington wine scene.

    A popular event for Seattle locals every year is the Passport to Woodinville in April when all the Woodinville wineries are open on the same day. Tickets go on sale in February.

    Artisan beers and brew pubs are a dime a dozen in Washington. Find one near you with this Guide to Washington Beers.

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    More Washington Local Foods Resources

    Washington Food Artisans
    Washington Food Artisans.

    Washington state is full of locavores. Follow the adventures of fellow local foods enthusiasts (and pick up some ideas along the way) with these Washington Local Foods Blogs.

    Find more ideas, inspiration, events, and like-minded folks with these local foods resources in Washington state: