Producer Spotlight: Bellingham Pasta Company

Bellingham Pasta Company pasta ready to be hand packaged.

It is difficult to think of a more universally loved food than pasta. Pasta has previously been ranked the world’s most loved food, and—if you didn’t already notice—pasta is having a bit of a moment during the pandemic (case in point: that viral baked feta pasta recipe.)

With so many folks turning to pasta for its qualities as a quintessential and easy-to-prepare comfort food, more folks are also realizing the superior quality of refrigerated fresh pasta over dry pasta.

In Bellingham, we are so lucky to have a fantastic producer of delectable fresh pasta in our own backyard: Bellingham Pasta Company. At Acme, we couldn’t be prouder to partner with Bellingham Pasta Company to feature high-quality fresh pasta in many of our meals.

Bellingham Pasta Company production facility in Bellingham, WA.

Bellingham Pasta Company is a wholesale and retail pasta company offering many different varieties of fresh pasta—from lemon pepper linguine to bucatini to lasagna sheets—made from high-quality ingredients including non-GMO flour from Shepherd’s Grain.

Bellingham Pasta Company focuses on regional trade and locally produced products. This is why you will see Bellingham Pasta Company on grocery shelves and menus of many regional businesses from the Canadian border to South Puget Sound.

Bellingham Pasta Company owner Katie Emlaw Hinton being interviewed by two members of the Acme team—presumably discussing pasta.
Some apt art on the wall at Bellingham Pasta Company.

Like Acme, Bellingham Pasta Company recognizes the value in local food—not only to provide pasta fans with the freshest product but also to minimize the carbon footprint of production and transportation, and to keep money in your local economy. We also give them a sustainability shout-out for using compostable packaging for their pasta.

Bellingham Pasta Company uses the extrusion method to create their pasta. See the extrusion method in action below. How refreshing to see real humans creating delicious pasta using real ingredients!

You can experience Bellingham Pasta Company pasta in many Acme meals, as well as at retailers and restaurants near you. We also recommend checking out their page on how to cook fresh pasta (spoiler alert: it cooks much quicker than dry pasta!)

Wishing you all the comfort and joy that a bowl of fresh pasta can bring.

With love,
-Your Acme Team

Producer Spotlight: Lummi Island Wild

Meet some of the Lummi Island Wild team: Riley Starks, Keith Carpenter, and Ian Kirouac

At Acme, we love partnering with producers who are as mission-driven as we are. It is truly our honor to partner with Lummi Island Wild as a seafood supplier. We must admit—we are a bit starstruck partnering with such a stellar local supplier that has been featured by Patagonia Provisions, HuffPost, Food & Wine, The Seattle Times, and many more media outlets for their commitment to sustainable and ecologically sound fishing practices.

Lummi Island Wild’s mission is “to promote the respectful and responsible harvesting of wild salmon while protecting the environment for future generations of fish and people.” One of the primary ways Lummi Island Wild achieves this mission is through reefnet fishing—a fishing technique used by the Coast Salish tribes indigenous to the Salish Sea surrounding the San Juan Islands for hundreds of years.

About the Reefnet Method

Once practiced throughout the Salish Sea by its many indigenous fishing communities, reefnet fishing now only happens off Lummi Island, three other San Juans Islands, off of Cherry Point through a cooperative effort between Lummi Nation tribal members and Lummi Island Wild.

Here’s how reefnetting works: salmon follow along an artificial reef and over a small net suspended between two platforms. Spotters, standing on 20- foot towers, watch for a school of salmon to swim over the net. When the spotters make the call, the net is raised and the live fish are rolled over the side of the platform at the waterline (so no harm is done to them) and into a netted live well open to the flowing seawater. Here they are allowed to rest, releasing any lactic acid that may have built up in their flesh.

Lummi Island Wild spotters watching from their 20 foot towers for salmon to swim over the reefnets.

Fishermen sort through the live well to release any unwanted bycatch unharmed back into the sea. The kept salmon are then individually bled into an adjacent bleed well, and then into a tote filled with slush ice. The release of lactic acid and blood here results in the high quality and clean taste of Lummi Island Wild’s catch.

The batteries that run the motors Lummi Island Wild uses to raise their reefnets are solar powered—using no fossil fuels. Each of Lummi Island Wild’s reefnet gear are anchored to the sea floor in the same spot year after year, allowing for the smallest carbon footprint of any salmon fishery.

The reefnet method offers so many benefits, but one of the most important is that it allows individual selection of all fish caught—meaning the fisherman individually sort each fish, releasing unharmed all fish they are not targeting or fish that are protected species. This helps protect the area being fished from unnecessary ecological disruption.

See reefnet fishing in action in Lummi Island Wild’s “A Day in the Life” video below:

Lummi Island Wild – A Day in the Life

Look for Lummi Island Wild’s Nicoise Salad with Smoked Salmon in our upcoming meal kits! Purchasing these meal kits is a great way to support Lummi Island Wild and many more local producers near you.

To learn more about Lummi Island Wild and reefnet fishing, we recommend the following resources:

Patagonia Provisions – The Gift of Reef Netting

HuffPost – The True North of Sustainable Fishing, ReefNet Style

Salish Center for Sustainable Fishing Methods

Lummi Island Wild website

Lummi Island Wild Facebook and Instagram

With love,
-Your Acme Team