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With four goals and more than 30 actions, Sustainable Thurston planted seeds to grow our local food systems’ economic vitality, environmental stewardship, and community coordination.

Three years after TRPC adopted the plan, our region is measuring progress, planning next steps — and taking time to taste what we’ve reaped and sown, of course.

About 175 people packed a South Puget Sound Community College building on Oct. 20 for the Local Flavors Tasting Salon, which featured bites from local food producers and artisans, and sips of local craft beer, cider, wine, and spirits. Attendees of the Friday evening event knew they were in for a treat when they moved straight from the registration table to samples of Sofie’s Scoops gelato, made from Tenino-based Tunawerth creamery milk. As people wandered through the tables of delectable nibbles, listening to the live music, they talked of smoked salmon and duck egg quiche, kombucha, beet salad, the lovely cheese and honeycomb display, and many variations of “I didn’t know we had so many unique and delicious culinary treasures in this area.” …[READ MORE]