Food

Take Your Pick

A farm-fresh guide

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Even before COVID-19 required humans to socially distance from each other on a large scale, farmers with seasonal stands and those offering U-pick crops were ahead of the curve when it came to hosting low-contact, small-scale food experiences. Without further ado, we’d like to alphabetically introduce you to as many of these Whatcom and Skagit county growers as space allows.

At Alluvial Farms in Everson, ecological stewardship and growing resilient food systems are at the root of what they do. From 10:30am-3pm Saturdays and 2:30pm-5:30pm Tuesdays and Fridays, those dropping by the Cooperative Farm Stand at 2399 Mt. Baker Highway will find high-quality pastured pork from Alluvial, as well as lamb, beef and even more pork provided by 46 family farms raising naturally grown meat in the region. Info: http://www.alluvialfarms.com

As of June 22, the U-pick strawberry fields at Barbies’ Berries at 7655 Melody Lane in Ferndale are open for business. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries can be found later in the season, and the family-owned mini-farm also features jam flats and stands at Lynden’s Fairway Shopping Center and Everson’s Raspberry Ridge Golf Course. Info: http://www.barbiesberries.com

Bellingham Country Gardens has also opened their strawberry and vegetable plots at 2838 E. Kelly Road for the summer, and additional safety measures are in place. The no-spray farm is known for its ever-bearing strawberries, but they also sell salad greens, tomatoes, carrots, corn, peas, beans, beets, potatoes and raspberries. Info: http://www.bellinghamcountrygardens.net

From 10am-6pm daily through October, Blanchard Mountain Farm at 15404 Estes Road in Bow sells veggies, herbs and flowers they’ve grown. At its indoor farm stand, operating procedures have been modified to keep both themselves and customers safe, so please wear a mask and explore payment options before you drop by. Info: http://www.blanchardmountainfarm.com

As the oldest family-run blueberry farm in Skagit Valley, Bow Hill Blueberries at 15628 Bow Hill Road has a lot to live up to. And their commitment to growing and preserving heirloom blueberries organically shows that they do. With U-pick and farm-stand options, you can find out for yourself. Info: http://www.bowhillblueberries.com

Around the second week of July, Breckenridge Blueberries typically makes the farm available for U-pick options at 3595 Breckenridge Road in Everson. Its farm stand and fields stay open for as many as 12 weeks, but check ahead to ensure they’re still in operation. Info: http://www.breckenridgeblueberries.com

You may know Cascadian Farm for its cereals and health-food bars, but the acreage at 55359 State Route 20 in Rockport is also a working organic farm that produces blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sweet corn and pumpkins. At its roadside stand, find farm-grown produce, homemade ice cream and more. U-pick options are also part of the scenic package. Info: http://www.cascadianfarm.com

If you perused Hedlin Farms’ website recently, it may not have indicated that its famous farm stand is now open from 10am-6pm daily at 12052 Chilberg Road in La Conner. Rest assured it is, and with a number of new safety protocols in place. Stop by for organic strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, vegetables and greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, cukes and more. Info: http://www.hedlinfarms.com

From 8am-8pm daily through October, East of Eden Farm at 4975 Patton Road stocks its farm stand not only with organic vegetables, but also organic, pasture-raised eggs, fresh-baked bread, seasonal items and more. If you’d prefer to shop online for curbside pickup, that’s an option, too. Info: http://www.eastofedenfarm.com

Hauck’s Orchard is looking to open in late June or early July at its home base at 1920 Harksell Road in Ferndale, so look for updated news about the family-run orchard specializing in cherries, apples, pears, plums, blueberries and blackberries. (Be aware that they follow all organic standards, but aren’t certified.) Info: http://www.haucksorchard.com

Strawberries, raspberries, apples, pears and pumpkins are on the U-pick lineup for the summer at Holistic Homestead, located at 5708 Putnam Road in Everson. Hours vary, so check ahead before you grab your bucket and get picking. Info: http://www.holistichomestead.net/u-pick

From 8am-7pm daily, the farm stand at Blaine’s Home Farm U-Pick and Events at 8020 Kickerville Road features a large selection of organically grown berries, vegetables and fruit, and a recent expansion means you’ll also find a larger selection of goods, including fresh eggs, locally made artisan cheese and coffee, and honey harvested on site. info: http://www.homefarm.farm

Five years ago, Brian Mellama of Mellema Farm at 7506 Flynn Road in Lynden decided to plant strawberries on his childhood family farm. Since then, he’s been committed to bringing high-quality, fresh market strawberries and sweet corn to the community via his farm stand and U-pick crops. Info: http://www.mellemafarm.com

Sustainably grown and nutrient-rich veggies, fruit, eggs, honey and cut flowers can be found at the Rabble and Roost Farm stand at 7762 Enterprise Road in Ferndale. Info: http://www.rabbleandroost.com

These are far from the only options to be found when it comes to seeking out new farm stands or visiting your favorite U-pick field to gather jam-making ingredients or fodder for the freezer. Summer’s just getting started, and the bounty awaits.

UPCOMING EVENTS

[Wed., June 24]

SEDRO MARKET: The Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market continues today from 3pm-7pm at Heritage Square.
For more info: http://www.sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com

[Fri., June 26]

FERNDALE MARKET: The Ferndale Farmers Market continues today from 2pm-6pm in the parking lot next to the Grocery Outlet.
For more info: http://www.ferndalepublicmarket.org

[Sat., June 27]

ANACORTES MARKET: The Anacortes Farmers Market is open from 9am-2pm at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. Their rules include following and obeying all signs, markers, barriers and instructions from market staff or volunteers. 
For more info: http://www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org

MOUNT VERNON MARKET: The Mount Vernon Farmers Market takes place from 9am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 20 at Riverwalk Park, 501 Main St.
For more info: http://www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org

TWIN SISTERS MARKET: The Twin Sisters Market continues its fifth season from 9am-3pm at Nugent’s Corner, and 10am-2pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library. The markets continue Saturdays through Oct. 23.
For more info http://www.twinsistersmarket.com

CONCRETE MARKET: The Concrete Saturday Market takes place from 10am-1pm at the Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad St.
For more info: http://www.concretesaturdaymarket.com

BELLINGHAM MARKET: Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. At the modified market, social distancing is strongly enforced, patrons are not allowed to touch the food, and a limited number of vendors are allowed on site.
For more info: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org

BLAINE MARKET: The annual Blaine Gardeners Market continues from 10am-2pm Saturdays through October at the city’s G Street Plaza.
For more info: http://www.blainechamber.com

[Sun., June 28]

BIRCHWOOD FARMERS MARKET: Find locally grown vegetables, flowers, fruits and other goods from more than 10 growers and producers in Whatcom County at the Birchwood Farmers Market happening from 9am-2pm every Sunday through October at the Park Manor Shopping Center, 1538 Birchwood Ave.
For more info: http://www.birchwoodfarmersmarket.com

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