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Whatcom Farm Tour returns Sept. 7-8

Aug 28th, 2019 | Category: Features

Whatcom County’s 13th annual Farm Tour returns the second weekend in September. The free, self-guided tour is part of the month-long Eat Local campaign, hosted by Sustainable Connections’ Food and Farming Program.

Among the farms on the tour, you can visit the grounds and see the cows at Appel Farms (above), learn about pigs at Alluvial Farms (below) and yaks at Matheson Farms, and discover low-till strategies at Wright Brothers Farm (below).  COURTESY PHOTOS

Among the farms on the tour, you can visit the grounds and see the cows at Appel Farms (above), learn about pigs at Alluvial Farms (below) and yaks at Matheson Farms, and discover low-till strategies at Wright Brothers Farm (below). COURTESY PHOTOS

On Saturday and Sunday Sept. 7-8 several farms will open their doors to the public allowing visitors to explore and learn about their farms, and ask questions. Please check the schedule as some farms are open Saturday or Sunday only. The Bellingham Farmers Market, Ferndale Farmers Market, Lynden Farmers Markets, and Twin Sisters Farmers Market are Saturday stops, too.

Alluvial Farm, 6825 Goodwin Road, Everson, Saturday and Sunday: Their farm focus is healthy, pastured pork and small grains. Tour the grounds and barley fields, visit the pigs, see the mixer mill and more.

Appel Farms, 6605 Northwest Drive, Ferndale, Saturday: This family farm has operated their dairy since 1967 and making cheese for more than 35 years. Sample cheeses, tour the farm, and learn about their commitment to sustainability.

Atwood Ales: 4012 Sweet Road, Blaine, Saturday and Sunday: This small family farm grows ingredients for the on-site brewery where they produce unique ales inspired by French and Belgian farmhouse brewing traditions. Tour the brewery and farm and enjoy a free taste of award-winning beers.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center: 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson, Sunday: Tour the orchards and vineyards, enjoy many samples, and learn about education programs. The nursery and farm stand will be open.alluvial farms

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

Growing Veterans: 6458 Martin Place, Lynden, Saturday and Sunday: Planting seeds of hope, this non-profit veterans organization produces vegetables and value added products. Veterans and civilian supporters work together to grow food for local food programs.

Matheson Farms: 228 E Smith Road, Bellingham, Saturday and Sunday: Matheson Farms is home to yak, beef cattle, chickens, and four generations of farmers. Hear about their conservation projects to protect water quality and practices designed to regenerate land. Educational displays, demonstrations, games, and Yak-tivities for the whole family.Matheson-Farms

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

Rabble and Roost Farm, 7762 Enterprise Road, Ferndale, Sunday: Specializing in diverse vegetables, fruit, and eggs, see how this farm works with minimal machinery and uses organic practices.

Ten Fold Farm, 4634 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, Sunday: 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.

Twin Brook Creamery, 9728 Double Ditch Road, Lynden: This historic dairy dates back to 1910, and started bottling in glass bottles on site in 2007. Learn about their community history and tour the grounds. Enjoy wagon rides,  sample milks, see the animals, and watch the kids drive pedal tractors.37758501_2140118686273668_2131775440770039808_n

Wild Acres Farm: 1779 E Smith Road, Bellingham, Saturday and Sunday: See fully automated pasture-roaming chicken houses, solar-powered aquaponics veggie-growing facilities, and more. Enjoy the turkey sing-along, do the wave with Slim, and see the Wild Acres dancing Scarecrow.

Wright Brothers Farm: 6785 Enterprise Road, Ferndale, Saturday and Sunday. Learn how they grow a variety of organic vegetables using a low-till strategy. See hoop houses with automated sidewalls for temperature control, an automated drip irrigation system, and raised beds (using a walk-behind tractor).

For more information about the farm tour, see EatLocalFirst.org.


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