This week is Savor Bristol Bay Salmon Week in Seattle: Grab your fork and Vote!

Slow Food Seattle has partnered with Trout Unlimited to kick off Savor Bristol Bay Salmon Week in Seattle from November 15 -21. It is time to ‘Vote with Your Fork to Save Bristol Bay’ and the historic runs of sockeye salmon that have returned there for over 6000 years. One of our nation’s last great wild salmon fisheries is up in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  It is your support and the power you wield in the seafood marketplace that will help us to ensure that our largest wild salmon fishery doesn’t become one of the largest open-pit mines in the world.

If developed, the proposed Pebble Mine would be one of the world’s largest open-pit mines, located in the headwaters of Bristol Bay’s most productive salmon rivers. This massive open-pit mine would alter, if not destroy, the region’s pristine spawning habitat and generate billions of tons of waste containing metals toxic to fish. The mine not only threatens the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery but also the livelihoods of thousands of fishermen, many of whom live in the Pacific Northwest. And it’s not just humans that rely on the annual return of wild salmon. Wild salmon are at the very middle of the food chain of Bristol Bay, feeding bears, whales, sea birds, sea lions and marine mammals of all types.

Every time you buy and eat wild salmon you are helping to protect the future of these fish. Your choice to eat wild salmon states that as a consumer you value and want wild salmon swimming in the ocean and served on your dinner plate. Your purchase not only feeds your family with highly nutritious fish, it supports the families that have for generations relied on commercial fishing for their livelihood. The dollars you spend create an economic incentive for fisheries managers and government agencies to continue to find a sustainable balance that keeps a wild salmon delicious, sustainable, renewable natural resource.

Here is a list of restaurants serving Bristol Bay Sockeye:

For more details on Savor Bristol Bay Salmon Week please follow the link below:
www.savebristolbay.org/red-gold-documentary/wild-salmon-week

Read about Bristol Bay salmon in today’s news:
www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/955385.html?story_link=email_msg
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010275781_apuswildalaskasalmon1stldwritethru.html

Vote With Your Fork!

A Slow Holiday Greeting

Last week Slow Food Seattle hosted its final 2009 event at FareStart (see post below), and although the beans have not been counted, things are looking pretty good.  Slow Food Seattle has helped sponsor local youth participation at Terra Madre in Italy and at the Quillisascut Farm School in Rice, WA. Thank you to our members and friends who helped support our programs and initiatives to strengthen the local food community and advocate for good, clean and fair food for all.  We wish you all an exceptional and slow holiday season.

The Slow Food Seattle chapter is currently planning 2010 events and strategies for implementing Slow Food USA’s important mission locally. Good things are brewing, including:

  • Annual membership meeting/meet and greet
  • Italian olive oil presentation and dinner
  • Foraging event
  • After school food and nutrition classes at a local teen center
  • Terra Madre 2010 fundraiser

Good Turkey

Thanks to our friends at Cascade Harvest Coalition, here is a list of places who may still have heritage turkeys available for your Thanksgiving feast.  If you don’t have any luck, remember that you can still take the pledge to Eat Local for Thanksgiving – by signing up online www.eatlocalforthanksgiving.org, you become eligible to win a free turkey (ordered in July from Stokesberry Sustainable Farm in Olympia).  The drawing is on Friday, November 20.

Resources:

  • Dog Mountain Farm in Carnation – 425.333.0833 or 425.417.3947  They have a wait list so it might be good to call and get more info.
  • EverRanch, Auburn, 253.939.7984
  • Meadowwood, Enumclaw, 360.802.3845
  • Engustment Farms, 425.788.6369
  • Also, call the Meat Shop in Pierce County.  They butcher and sell local turkeys, 253.537.4490
  • Home Acres Farms Seattle (They grow in Whidbey and sell in Seattle), 206.940.4980
  • In Whatcom County:  Bernardo Frianeza at bafrianeza@comcast.net or 360.296.4425 He still had birds available as of Friday, but not many.
  • Tall Trees Exotics Farm:  Snohomish, 360-862-8903 (they haven’t updated their website since January 2009)