As summer softens into fall, the Humboldt days of September take on an extra rosy glow. Blackberries are still sitting fat and juicy on the vine, but we can also partake in the traditional foods of harvesttime: apples, pears, squash, and pumpkins are here or soon to arrive. It’s a particularly special time of year in Arcata as the community welcomes back Humboldt State students and little kiddos return to the classroom. September is also Eat Local Food month! If you’re visiting Arcata or live locally, check out the following events to celebrate the healthy taste of eating local.

North Coast Co-op

The North Coast Co-op celebrates the bounty of local food all year long but September is great time of year to highlight the incredible diversity of our local food shed. To get shoppers thinking local, the Co-op has kicked off their ‘Locally-Inspired Recipe Contest.’ Test your ability to create something locally inspired with culinary creations where some or all of the ingredients are sourced within Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties. Savory, sweet, vegan, keto—it’s up to you. Submit your recipe via email to info@northcoast.coop or in-person at Customer Service in either store. The winning recipe will be selected in October and featured on the Co-op’s website.

Eureka Natural Foods

At Eureka Natural Foods in McKinleyville, the natural grocer is celebrating their third anniversary and the second annual Locals Only Food Fair on Saturday, September 28 th from 11:00 am – 3:00pm. The store will have live demos, raffle prizes, BBQ, music, and kids activities as a fun way to educate families about eating local.

Humboldt Food Policy Council

In conjunction with United Indian Health Services, the Humboldt Food Policy Council is hosting the first annual Food as Medicine conference from 9am-4pm on Friday, September 13 th at the Adorni Center in Eureka. With a focus on healing through the food, the organizers invite everyone to participate—registration is $35 and includes a healthy lunch. A diverse panel of speakers will lead breakout sessions on healthcare, nutrition, food systems, and native foods.