Bellingham Alive Magazine, November 2018 Issue, Page 27

Written by Sarah Sibley


Maybe you’ve heard this term, “slow food”, but haven’t taken the time to truly understand it.  With Thanksgiving, a time of gathering together to share a meal, it seems an ideal occasion to hear more about this movement that celebrates harvesting and enjoying local food together at the table.

According to Slow Food USA, slow food is the antithesis of fast food.  It is the practice of slowing down, understanding where food comes from and enjoying the local bounty.  As an organization they “inspire individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all.”  There are slow food chapters across the nation including one in Skagit County and one on Whidbey Island.  Slow Food Whidbey Island has an active chapter focused on “understanding what the community needs” and how to “better connect the community with local food,” explains President Mervyn Floyd.  As a result, the organization hosts cooking classes that involve local farms and farmers, supports the island’s farm to school programs and are working to increase Agritourism on Whidbey Island.

Kathy Floyd, Mervyn’s wife, facilitates membership in the local chapter and encourages everyone, not just those who live on Whidbey, to get involved.  As the only active Slow Food organization in the area, they have a full calendar of events.  Slow Food Skagit has an active website full of links to local food, a harvest calendar and recipes.

Visit your local farmers market.  Reap the bounty of the abundant farmland that surrounds us.  And, bring those you love around the table to slowly enjoy it all together on Thanksgiving.


Slow Food Whidbey Island has received an email from Richard McCarthy who is the President of Slow Food USA.  Our chapter reached #1 status during this year’s membership drive as being the best in the nation.  A HUGE “Thank You” to all our members for making this possible!  Here is his email.

We are tabulating our September Slow Food member campaign numbers. The Whidbey Island chapter rocked it out of the park. Thank you and congratulations! You signed up/renewed 73 people in September. You’re number one!!!!

Here’s to the verve of island communities! 

Keep up the amazing work!

Richard McCarthy, President, Slow Food USA 

What's happening with Slow Food Whidbey Island?  Take a look at our calendar!

From farm and garden workshops, to Slow Food Whidbey Island's events, and farmer market last dates, find out all of what's going on in the good and clean local food scene! 

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