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Farm tour, Thursday market highlight Eat Local Month

Sep 2nd, 2016 | Category: Features

Bellingham Farmers Market adds Thursday market in September

The month of September becomes Eat Local Month, a community celebration of local farms and food, organized by Sustainable Connections. Let’s take a look at some of the events coming up!

New Thursday market

In response to customer requests, the Bellingham Farmers Market is adding a Thursday market to its popular Wednesday Fairhaven and Saturday Downtown markets. The After Hours Farmers Market will take place 4-7 p.m. every Thursday from Sept. 1-29 at Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham.

“It became clear during our recent strategic planning process and community surveys that customers wanted more opportunities to engage with our vendors,” Market Director Caprice Teske said, via press release. “After getting feedback from our farmers, we concluded that a mid-week, evening market would provide the additional Market shopping day customers want and accommodate the time our farmers need for field work.”

Dairies and cheese makers on this year’s farm tour include the Cheese Shop at Appel Family Farm in Ferndale (above), Twin Brook Creamery in Lynden, Ferndale Farmstead (below), and Myshan Dairy. COURTESY PHOTOS

Dairies and cheese makers on this year’s farm tour include the Cheese Shop at Appel Family Farm in Ferndale (above), Twin Brook Creamery in Lynden, Ferndale Farmstead (below), and Myshan Dairy. COURTESY PHOTOS

Over 20 local farmers and food vendors will provide fresh produce, meat, dairy, baked goods and more to take home for dinner or to enjoy on-site. There will be live music each evening for shoppers who would like to linger and relax after a long day at work.

“We are excited to pilot this Market during Eat Local Month,” Teske added. “It seemed like the perfect opportunity to launch a market that features… food producers from Whatcom and Skagit counties.”

The Market’s board and vendors will seek customer comments and assess the Thursday market at season’s end to determine if the After Hours Market will continue beyond the September trial.

The New After Hours Farmers Market will be held 4-7 p.m. every Thursday from Sept. 1- 29 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave., Bellingham. For more info see



The fourth annual Hootenanny to Benefit the Co-op’s Farm Fund takes place Sunday, Sept. 4 from 6-9:30 p.m. at Boundary Bay. Since 2000, the Co-op’s Farm Fund has distributed more than $245,000 to more than 65 local farms and food and farming organizations.

The public is welcome to come celebrate the Farm Fund during the Hootenanny with music,  square dancing, photo booth fun, farmer recognition and awards, and Boundary Bay Brewery beer and local barbecue—all to benefit the Community Food Co-op’s Farm Fund.

New Farmer award nominees are: Anna Morris & Jared Danilson (Slanted Sun Farm), Steve Pabody (Triple Wren Farm), and Michael Deitering (Chubby Bunny Farm).Ferndale Farmstead cheese web

Innovator Farm nominees are: Osprey Hill Farm, Bow Hill Blueberries, Joe’s Garden, and Burk Ridge Farms.

Mentor Farm nominees are: Tom and Cheryl Thornton (Cloud Mountain Farm Center), Clayton Burrows (Growing Washington), Mike Finger (Cedarville Farm), Sarah Pabody (Triple Wren Farm), Roslyn McNicholl (Rabbit Fields Farm), and Chris Benedict (WSU Extension).

All proceeds from the event directly benefit sustainable, organic food and farming projects in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Entry is a $5 to $20 donation at the door. All ages are welcome. The Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden is located at 1107 Railroad Ave. in Bellingham.


Farm tour Sept. 10

The 9th Annual Whatcom County Farm Tour, sponsored by Sustainable Connections, is set for Saturday, Sept. 10. This free self-guided tour includes 12 stops, with activities at each location.

This year’s participants are:

• Joe’s Gardens: A small farm within Bellingham city limits that has been operating since 1933. Visitors can check out the farm and store, learn about soil quality, see ‘walk behind’ tractors and 40,000 heads of garlic being braided, and more. Joe’s is located at 3110 Taylor Ave.

•  Cloud Mountain Farm Center: This non-profit farm center and nursery is focused on community, education, and sustainability. Tours will be available every hour, with fresh fruit and veggie tasting, and special workshops as well. CMFC is located at 6906 Goodwin Road in Everson. See

• Ten Fold Farm: This certified Naturally Grown farm will share information about heirloom veggies, farm planning and food distribution, and more. Visitors can enjoy tasting and a walking tour. The farm is located at 4634 Guide Meridian, Bellingham. See

•  Twin Brook Creamery: Visitors can explore this family-owned dairy, learn about the process, tour the historic barn tour, and enjoy chocolate milk tastings. See the baby cows and take a wagon ride at 9728 Double Ditch in Lynden. See

• MyShan Dairy: Explore this small family dairy with Guernsey cows and learn about their process. Visitors can see the processing facility and Guernsey fawns, and take a hay ride. The farm is located at 112 H St Road in Lynden. See

•  The Cheese Shop at Appel Farms: Learn about, and taste, the eight varieties of cheese made here, plus the handmade ice cream and yogurt, at this dairy farm and artisanal cheese producer. The Cheese Shop is located at 6605 Northwest Drive in Ferndale. See

•  BelleWood Acres and Distilling: This large apple farm and distillery offers lots of apples, cider, distillery products, train rides, corn maze and more. Visit the Country Cafe and explore the grounds at 6140 Guide Meridian in Lynden. See

• Ferndale Farmstead: This 500-acre farm grows the feed for the cows, who make milk for the creamery on-site – a complete seed-to-cheese operation. Learn about this process and taste the cheeses at 2780 Aldergrove Road in Ferndale. See

• Ulrich Farm & Nursery: This nursery at 2194 Ulrich Road in Ferndale grows small fruit perennial plants and berries and veggies. Learn about permaculture and check out the specialty tubers for sale. See

•  Vartanyan Estate Winery: This small, woman-owned and operated winery produces limited edition wines. Taste the wines and explore the grounds at 1628 Huntley Road in Bellingham. See

• Bellingham Farmers Market: Saturday market offering fresh produce, food, crafts, local products, Demo days, and more. The market is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square. See

• Twin Sisters Farmers Market: A mobile farmers market serving Nugents Corner and Kendall on Saturdays. Participating farmers are all located in the Nugents Corner and South Fork Valley areas. See

The self-guided tour is free, but attendees can purchase a $10 Farm Tour VIP Badge. For detailed farm descriptions and a map, visit


For more information about Eat Local Month events, including where to find local restaurants, grocers, markets and food artisans committed to buying local, visit


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