Perfect Circles


A Bellingham buy local movement syncs up with sustainable business practices and energy efficiency.

Tim Newcomb |   January 2011   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Aaron Nelson/Evantide Photography

Sustainable Connections’ Derek Long at Bellingham’s La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza, which bought its ovens locally.

Dorie Belisle, owner of BelleWood Acres near Lynden, used to sell her Jonagold apples wholesale and to local grocers and school districts. But she was searching for a way to increase her distribution. At the same time, Haggen Inc., an independent grocery store chain, was always on the lookout for local products to underscore its commitment to the region. Belisle reached out to Haggen and the two formed a relationship. Now, BelleWood is doing a thriving business selling six apple varieties in five Whatcom County Haggen outlets, and two of the varietals in all 26 Haggen stores. And Haggen is making good on its pledge to promote local products.