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Whatcom, Whidbey farm tours welcome visitors

Sep 1st, 2014 | Category: Features

Local food, local farms, local fun

by Grow Northwest

The annual farm tours in our northwest corner provide a day for local residents to explore numerous small farms and other locations, and learn about what is produced and methods used.

Farmer Sam Grubb, of Bellingham Country Gardens, and a young visitor. PHOTO COURTESY OF BELLINGHAM COUNTRY GARDENS

Farmer Sam Grubb, of Bellingham Country Gardens, and a young visitor. PHOTO COURTESY OF BELLINGHAM COUNTRY GARDENS

Whatcom

The Whatcom Farm Tour will be held Saturday, Sept. 13. Complete information is available through Sustainable Connection’s website at sconnect.org. The stops include:

• Appel Farms + The Cheese Shop: Appel Farms has been creating artisan cheese at their family-owned 900-cow dairy in Ferndale for over 30 years, offering a varied selection of flavors. Run by brothers John and Rich Appel, the farm’s cheese offerings include cheddar, feta, fresh cheddar curd (squeaky cheese), gouda, paneer, and quark. Their new shop, located at 6605 NW Road in Ferndale, sells cheese, sandwiches and other items. For more information, see thecheesefarm.net.

• BelleWood Acres: This 25,000-tree orchard operated by Dori and John and Belisle grows numerous varieties of apples, and offers u-pick and we-pick. There are family friendly activities on site, as well as a pumpkin patch and live music and other events. Visitors can also check out the bistro and bakery at the farm’s expanded facility, located at 6140 Guide Meridian in Lynden, and the distillery will also be open. See www.bellewoodfarms.com.

• Bellingham Country Gardens: Sam and Mary Grubbs own and operate this small farm at 2838 E. Kelly Road in eastern Bellingham. They grow flowers, veggies and berries, and are open to the public for u-pick on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

• Bellingham Farmers Market: Open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Depot Market Square, the market offers more than 100 vendors, including produce, food, crafts and more. See bellinghamfarmers.org.

• Cascadia Mushrooms: Farm owner/operator Alex Winstead grows a variety of culinary and medicinal fungi on site, all certified organic. Growing since 2005, Winstead built his current facility in 2009. Located just north of Bellingham, it operates entirely on alternative power, and 90 percent of its byproducts are recycled. See cascadiamushrooms.com.

Appel Farms has been creating artisan cheese at their family-owned 900-cow dairy in Ferndale for over 30 years. Their new shop, located at 6605 NW Road in Ferndale, sells cheese, sandwiches and other items. PHOTO BY ASHLEY BENNETT

Appel Farms has been creating artisan cheese at their family-owned 900-cow dairy in Ferndale for over 30 years. Their new shop, located at 6605 NW Road in Ferndale, sells cheese, sandwiches and other items. PHOTO BY ASHLEY BENNETT

• Cloud Mountain Farm Center: Started as a family-owned nursery/farm by Cheryl and Tom Thornton, Cloud Mountain is now a non-profit. The retail nursery continues to specialize in plants suited to the Pacific Northwest, and a variety of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals are grown on site. Learn about the growing trials and community gardening workshops. Visitors can see and trials. CMFC is located at 6906 Goodwin Road in Everson. Seecloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

• Everybody’s Store & Garden: Jeff and Amy Margolis have run this small store in Van Zandt since 1970, offering a large variety of items from specialty foods and deli sandwiches to cheese, wine, gifts and more. Behind the store, located at the corner of Valley Highway (Route 9) and Potter Road, is a large vegetable and fruit garden. See everybodys.com.

• Ferndale Public Market: Held every Saturday along the riverfront in Ferndale, the market offers items from farmers, artisans and crafters.

• Heritage Lane Farm: Craig and Kelly Mayberry operate this family farm in Lynden focused on rare breeds of livestock and heirloom vegetables.

• Inspiration Farm: A beyond organic farm practicing both biodynamic methods and permaculture, Inspiration Farm works  to co-create an environment for holistic and sustainable living for all life. The farm is located at 619 E. Laurel Road in Bellingham and operated by husband-and-wife team Brian Kerkvliet and Alexandra King. See www.inspirationfarm.com.

• Samson Estates Winery: Small family owned winery on Van Dyk Road in Everson, with a wide variety of aged, artisan fruit, and dessert wines, and chocolate truffles, using on-farm grown berries. See www.samsonestates.com.

• Triple Wren Farm: Growing fresh flowers and vegetables, the farm is OMRI-certified and Salmon Safe, and right in the middle of Sm’apples orchard in Ferndale. Triple Wren is operated by Steve and Sarah Pabody. See triplewrenfarms.com.

 

WHIDBEY

The 9th annual Whidbey Farm Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For complete information, see whidbeyfarmtour.com.

Locations include:

• Huntersmoon Blueberries: A 10-acre, late season, organic blueberry farm owned by Joe and Pennie Janousek, located at 935 Bunch Lane in Oak Harbor.

• Pacific Winds Farm: U-cut/Pre-cut Christmas tree farm at 2870 Torpedo Road in Oak Harbor.

• Hummingbird Farm: Nursery and gardens open year-round at 2319 Zylstra Road in Oak Harbor. See www.hummingbirdfarmnursery.com

• Sherman’s Pioneer Farm: Offering a variety of goods and produce at 46 S Ebey Road in Coupeville.

• Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie: Vegetables and more at this farm located at 399 S Ebey Road in Coupeville.

• Prairie Bottom Farm: Family-runmarket garden at 293 Engle Road, Coupeville. See prairiebottomfarm.com

• Greenbank Farm & Organic Farm School: Greenbank Farm is home to the Agriculture Training Center, and hosts activities around agriculture, recreation and more at 765 Wonn Road in Greenbank.

• Pronkin’ Pastures Alpacas:  2582 North Bluff Road in Greenbank.

• South Whidbey Tilth: Nonprofit group of gardeners and farmers raising crops in South Whidbey. See southwhidbeytilth.org.

• Whidbey Island Distillery: Produces loganberry, raspberry liqueurs and more at 3466 Craw Road in Langley.

• Whidbey Island Vineyard & Winery: The vineyard has been growing wine grapes and producing wines since 1986. Operated by Gregory and Elizabeth Osenbach at 5237 Langley Road in Langley.

• Shipki Farm Organics: Offering organic produce and CSA through bio-intensive gardening See shipkifarm.com.

• Abundant Earth Fiber: New cottage fiber mill at 6438 Central Ave. in Clinton. See abundantearthfiber.com.

• Fern Ridge Alpacas: Fiber and farm store at 7343 Holst Road in Clinton. See fernridgealpacas.com.

 

Published in the September 2014 issue of Grow Northwest 

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