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Walla Walla Eateries Get Thumbs Up From Dept. of Agriculture

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The Maple Counter Cafe is one of the many Walla Walla eateries featured in the Washington Department of Agriculture's Savor Washington itinerary. They picked the best places that make the best use of local growers. The Maple Counter Cafe is one of the many Walla Walla eateries featured in the Washington Department of Agriculture's Savor Washington itinerary. They picked the best places that make the best use of local growers.

WALLA WALLA, WA – We are lucky to live in a state that offers such a great variety in wine tasting and fine dining, but if you want to pinpoint the shops that take full advantage of what our state has to offer, there is a program already setup.

The Maple Counter Cafe is one of the many Walla Walla eateries featured in the Washington Department of Agriculture's Savor Washington itinerary. They picked the best places that make the best use of local growers.

"I haven't been everywhere else in the world, but I do think that the nice thing about Walla Walla is that it is still a small town," explained Kory Nagler one of the owners of Maple Counter. "A lot of the memories we form around really good food is aided by being really comfortable and happy."

When you walk through the front doors, you are greeted by the smells of great food and most of it came from right down the street.

"We go through a lot of coffee because we're a breakfast place and we use a local roaster."

They have their own mix of coffee with Kory and his wife's faces proudly printed on the bags. It wouldn't be a Walla Walla establishment without their own brand of local wine to go along with that coffee. Sue Davis who headed off the planning and creation of the itineraries says they tried to focus on people who were actively searching to use Washington grown and produced foods.

"All of the restaurants would be connected to their local farm economy in some sort of sourcing way," explained Davis.

"Sometimes it costs more, sometimes it doesn't but it does take energy and I think that people appreciate it," said Nagler.

There's an itinerary for just about every region of our state and it is perfect for tourists or anyone who has never been to the area. Yakima Valley was featured as one of the prime spots to check out.

The full list of itineraries can be found on the WA Dept. of Agriculture web site here: http://agr.wa.gov/marketing/smallfarm/savorwa.aspx

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