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Farm to table: Eating local on Orcas Island

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Locavore dining (and drinking) thrives on Orcas, the largest island in the San Juans. Jay Blackinton is shown above at his Eastsound restaurant, Hogstone’s Wood Oven, which he co-owns with John Steward. They harvest the ingredients at Maple Rock Farm.

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Locavore dining (and drinking) thrives on Orcas, the largest island in the San Juans. Jay Blackinton is shown above at his Eastsound restaurant, Hogstone’s Wood Oven, which he co-owns with John Steward. They harvest the ingredients at Maple Rock Farm.

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