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Sep 2nd, 2017 | Category: Features

Whatcom County’s 10th annual Farm Tour returns the second weekend in September, this time offering two days of farm visits. Hosted by Sustainable Connections’ Food and Farming Program, the tour is part of the month-long Eat Local campaign, with support from Whatcom Family Farmers, Whatcom Family Dairy Farmers, and other local farms, businesses and organizations. The farm tour is self-guided, and includes options for a VIP badge and more. See the complete map and offerings online at EatLocalFirst.org.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, several farms will open their doors to the public allowing visitors to explore and learn about their farms, and ask questions. The Bellingham Farmers Market is a stop, too!

A young visitor meets the cows at Appel Farms. COURTESY PHOTO

A young visitor meets the cows at Appel Farms. COURTESY PHOTO

Appel Farms, 6605 Northwest Drive, Ferndale: This family farm has operated their dairy since 1967 and making cheese for more than 35 years. Sample cheeses, tour the farm, and check out kids activities.

Twin Brook Creamery, 9728 Double Ditch Road, Lynden: This historic dairy dates back to 1910. They started bottling on the farm in glass bottles in 2007 and have grown ever since, supporting local dairy farms in the county and advocating their environmental stewardship. See the farm and cows, tour the processing facility, and drink some milk.

Boxx Berry Farm, 6301 Northwest Road, Ferndale: Over 100 acres, this favorite family operated berry and vegetable farm offers both retail and U-pick berries, as well as canned items, corn, and more. Take a wagon ride, enjoy homemade strawberry shortcakes and ice cream, and berries.

Bellewood Acres & Distillery, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden:  Enjoy the harvest time in their beautiful orchards growing many varieties of apples, check out the distillery, take a bin-train ride, go through the corn maze, stop by the cafe, and more.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center6906 Goodwin Road, Everson: Cloud Mountain Farm Center is a nonprofit educational farm helping new and beginning farmers, and established local farmers and home gardeners. Enjoy hourly farm tours, fresh fruit and veggie tasting, and workshops at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on harvesting fall fruit. See their nursery stock and shop for produce.

Myshan Dairy, 112 H Street, Lynden: MyShan Dairy is a small Guernsey dairy north of Lynden. They vat pasteurize, bottle and distribute to 25 stores, from Lynden South to Everett. Tour the farm, meet the cows, taste the “Golden Guernsey Goodness” and take a hay ride.

Bellingham Farmers Market, Depot Market Square, Bellingham: Visit with over 100 vendors, including farmers, crafters and local organizations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by the Demo Days and Farm Tour booths for some food prep tips and school lunch recipes.

Triple Wren Farm, 2424 Zell Road, Ferndale: Stop here for flowers, blueberries, pumpkins, honey and more. Learn about their growing process, flower farmer internship program, and more.

On Sunday, the Farm Tour will continue its second day with new stops. Boxx Berry Farm and Bellewood Acres will be open to farm visitors this day as well.

Ferndale Farmstead, 2780 Aldergrove Road, Ferndale: This 500 acre farm grows their own feed and raises their own cows to produce the milk for their creamery. Tour the facility, walk the farm and learn about the seed-to-table process, and enjoy some cheese.

Alluvial Farm, 2399 Mount Baker Highway (at Circle F Enterprises): Their farm focus is healthy, pastured pork. Tour the grounds, visit the pigs, and stop by the Whatcom Conservation District booth to learn about resources and planning.

Riverhaven Farm, 741 River Road, Lynden: This farm grows vegetables and fruit, and raises sheep, beef, and chicken. Explore and learn all about their agriculture methods.

Ten Fold Farm, 4634 Guide Meridian, Bellingham: At nearly 10 acres, this farm practices old-world planting and tending techniques. Tour the grounds, and see the vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers growing.

Boxx Berry Farm, 6301 Northwest Road, Ferndale: See Saturday listing for details.

Bellewood Acres & Distillery, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden: See Saturday listing for details.


Eat Local Month info

September’s Eat Local Month kicks off with a Farm Fund Hootenanny on Sept. 3, followed by the Whatcom Food Fest (ticketed). Market Week will be Sept. 10-16, Seafood Week is Sept. 17-23, and Restaurant Week is Sept. 24-30. Visit EatLocalFirst.org for all the details.


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