For Locavores


The Pacific Northwest is abundant in delicious natural resources, from fruits of the vine to succulent seafood fresh from the cold waters of Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. Whether you are seeking local flavors to satisfy the carnivore or vegetarian in your group, locally grown and foraged meat, seafood and produce is plentiful and easily accessible!

Agate Beach House’s owners include a professional chef, who comes to the area whenever possible to indulge in the wonderfully diverse local flavors of the Pacific Northwest – earthy foraged chantrelle mushrooms, sweet figs and blackberries, briny local oysters, flavorful grass-fed beef, and so much more.

These pages include some of our favorite dishes inspired by locally grown or foraged resources.  Often the most obvious preparation method is the also the most simple and unadulterated, to emphasize the purity and richness of the raw ingredients themselves.

 

 

 

Clamming Up

Whether you dig clams at a nearby public shoreline, or purchase live clams from a nearby retail store such as Taylor Shellfish, they are a local delicacy not to be missed. Clams are quick and easy to prepare. Usually, ‘less is more’ to avoid overpowering the clams’ natural¬† flavors. Gathering, storing and cooking guidelines are …

Decadent Dungeness

Dungeness and Red Rock crabs, both saltwater crabs, can be found in the Puget Sound area. Both are large enough for eating, and can be caught in crab traps, nets, or by hand if you are fast enough! In Puget Sound, Dungeness crab is most abundant north of Seattle, in the Hood Canal, and near …

Foraging

Wild blackberries are abundant all around the Olympic Peninsula. Bring a container if you go fishing or hiking, you might happen upon a sweet trove of ripe berries to eat fresh, blend into a smoothie or bake into a pie. A variety of edible plants grow on the grounds of Agate Beach House – huckleberries, …

Luxurious Spot Prawns from nearby Hood Canal

In the deep waters of the nearby Hood Canal, the sweet, succulent spot shrimp or ‘spot prawns’ are harvested recreationally during short periods in the early summer (usually during the month of May), although they are caught by commercial fishing operations during other times of the year. If you love sushi and / or ceviche, …

Market Produce, Shellfish & Washington Wine

We love to visit the local farmers markets and food stores for the beautiful regional produce on offer during most of the year. One of our favorites is this beautiful asparagus, which we found at the Olympia Farmers Market, only 45 minutes’ drive from Agate Beach House. In between Agate Beach House and Olympia, you …

Ostreaphiles Rejoice

Oyster lovers can shuck to their hearts’ content with the wide variety of bivavles harvested from the bays and shorelines of the Olympia Peninsula –¬† Pacifics, Hama Hamas, Samish Bays, Dosewallips, Kumamotos, Tottens, and plenty more. While it is always best to sample a variety of oysters, the Pacific oyster pictured here (also called “Miyagi”) …

Wholesome Local Produce

Artichokes, plums, sunchokes, asian pears, figs, sugar pie pumpkins, kiwis, several varieties of apples to name but a few locally-grown vegetables and fruits available in local Olympic Peninsula farmers markets, fresh produce stands and grocery stores. Puget Sound’s farmers markets and many grocery stores offer a robust selection of local produce and hand crafted items …