Jefferson County Farm Tour
Sunday September 20, 2015!
Fiber Tour is both Saturday and Sunday Sept. 19th & 20th 10am-4pm
Stay tuned for this year’s participating farms on Farm Tour!
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2015 JEFFERSON COUNTY FARM TOUR!!
Come and participate in the Jefferson County Farm Tour!
Each year the Farm Tour draws thousands of visitors eager to experience a working farm and connect with local farmers. With 20 Jefferson County farms participating in the tour you’ll meet many of the people that are part of our county’s thriving food system.
The primary goals of Farm Tour are to:
- Educate community about sound agricultural practices in Jefferson County
- Foster beneficial relationships between community members and local farmers
- Promote positive impacts of locally grown food, fiber, and other farm-made products
- Assist local farmers in marketing & publicity
Jefferson County Farms are located in and around Port Townsend, Marrowstone Island, Discovery Bay, Chimacum, Port Ludlow, and Quilcene.
Farm Tour Farms 2014
Click on the Map of Farm Tour below to view participating farms, info, and directions
On Saturday & Sunday, September 13th & 14th, 5 fiber farms will host spinning, weaving, roving and plant dye demonstrations. In addition, local fiber artists will have many goods for sale.
For more information about the Fiber Tour and participating farms, visit here
Sunday, September 14th, 14 local farms will open their gates and offer tours. You’ll learn about farm composting and livestock; cheese making and other demonstrations; walk the vegetable CSA fields and learn about seed varieties; listen to live music and so much more. Many farms will host food vendors serving locally inspired dishes, and there will be many farm activities to entertain the entire family.
220 Pocket Lane, Port Townsend
Alpenfire is Washington State’s first organic hard cider orchard. Planted in 2005 the orchard consists of 10 varieties of apples and over 900 trees, all tightly trellised in 1.5 acres. From these apples Alpenfire produces organically certified hard ciders and vinegars. Visitors are invited to enjoy cider tastings, a shrub bar of drinking Good Food award-winning vinegars and snowcones, and live music Brother Townsend. Farm Tour visitors can enjoy an educational tour of the orchard discussing growing cider fruit and fermentation.
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, follow SR19 N toward Port Townsend. Turn left on Four Corners Rd. Cross HWY 20 and continue on S Discovery Rd. At golf course, take left on Cape George Rd. Turn right to stay on Cape George Rd. Pocket Lane will be on immediate left. Follow driveway to entrance to Alpenfire Cider on right.
2691 Egg & I Road, Chimacum
For over a hundred years the Bishop Family has farmed the same Beaver Valley land that inspired Betty Macdonald’s famous memoir “The Egg and I”. The original 160 acres has since grown to 525 acres and is now home to the only Certified Organic dairy on the North Olympic Peninsula. The Bishop family invites visitors to do a self-guided tour of their historic farm and meet the three generations that continue to work together to preserve this important piece of Jefferson County Heritage.
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, follow Beaver Valley Road south. Turn right on Egg & I Road, and follow for a quarter mile to the entrance on the left.
John Gunning and Jesse Hopkins
1210 F Street, Port Townsend
Colinwood Farm is a 100% organic, family owned farm that offers affordable produce to the local community. Located in the heart of Port Townsend, Colinwood offers a year-round, 24-hour farm stand operated via an honor system payment box. Visitors are invited to peruse the produce stand, custom heated-soil greenhouse tours, and walk the spacious fields of this inner-city farm that specializes in potatoes, salad greens and greenhouse crops.
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, head NW on Rhody Dr/SR19 toward Port Townsend. Turn left on Discovery Rd opposite Mill Rd. Take immediate right to continue on Discovery Rd. At 4-way stop, continue thru and take left onto Discovery Rd. At 4-way intersection of San Juan, go straight on F St. Colinwood Farm is on your left marked 1210.
Zach Wailand and Haley
780 Boulton Farm Road, Quilcene
Come see the transition of the Boulton Farm from historic beef, dairy to Dharma Ridge Farm’s vegetable production. Dharma Ridge Farm grows 25 acres of certified organic vegetables on the 145 acre Boulton Farm in Quilcene. A representative from WSU will be out at the farm to talk about the Quinoa breeding project they are participating in. There will also be a display of old photos of the historical Boulton Farm. Farm grown vegetables for sale Farmer’s Market style and they’ll have tons of sweet corn! Moonlight Farm will also have pastured pork for sale, along with newborn piglets to meet.
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, follow Center Rd south to Quilcene. Take a right onto HWY 101 North. After Lake Leland take the 2nd left onto Boulton Farm Rd. Parking is available near the big barn.
62 Barn Swallow Road, Chimacum
423 Meade Road, Nordland
Marrowstone Vineyards is a winery and 2.5 acre vineyard in a beautiful setting overlooking Puget Sound, Whidbey Island and the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains. The tasting room and upstairs area serve as a gallery for local artists, with paintings, woodcraft, photography, metal sculpture and ceramics. Their tasting room provides 5 pours for $5, consisting of Riesling, Pinot Gris, a Washington and an Oregon Pinot Noir and a unique spiced apple wine made from apples grown on Marrowstone Island. Visitors can view the wine making operation and hear a short lecture on the history of their winery and the process of growing grapes and making wine. Vineyard tours, weather permitting.
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, take Chimacum Road to Port Hadlock and turn right at the 4-way stop, onto Oak Bay Road/WA-116. Follow the signs for Indian Island and turn left, staying on Route 116. Bear left at the sign welcoming you to Marrowstone Island and stay on Flagler Road . Turn right onto Meade Road and look for Marrowstone Vineyards on your left, at 423 Meade.
Marko Colby and Hanako Myers
10 Old State Hwy, Quilcene
Midori Farm is a 29 acre certified organic farm located in the village of Quilcene in East Jefferson County. They grow high quality organic vegetables, garden starts, seeds and craft our own traditionally fermented award-winning sauerkraut and kimchi from farm grown produce. The farm is nestled in the Quilcene valley which was created by the Little and Big Quilcene rivers flowing from the Olympic Mountains into pristine Quilcene Bay. This confluence has created a deep and fertile sandy clay loam soil ideal for raising crops of all sorts. Organic produce, sauerkraut and kimchi available for sale, along with tours of the farm.
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, head south on Center Rd until you get to Quilcene. Turn right onto Hwy 101 and pass the Quilcene Village Store on right. After 1/2 mile, take left turn onto Old State Hwy and driveway is immediately on the right. Look for greenhouses from the road.
Rachael Van Laanen and Scott Brinton
72 Beveridge Lane
Nordland, Marrowstone Island
Mystery Bay Farm is a family run, micro-goat dairy on Marrowstone Island who is equally committed to the long-term health of their soils and to the exceptional quality of their products. The goats at Mystery Bay Farm ‘are what they eat’ and farmers Rachael and Scott use ecological farming practices to turn a diversity of plants into cheese and yogurt. Farm Tour guests can see examples of rotational mixed forage grazing, tour the cheese making facility and learn about the milking process. Bob’s Bagels will be at the farm serving fresh bagel sandwiches featuring delicious Mystery Bay Farm cheese!
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, take left on Chimacum Road. Turn right on Oak Bay Rd/WA-116. Drive through Indian Island and veer left at Robbins Road onto Flagler Road once entering Marrowstone Island. Directly after the Nordland General Store, take a right onto Beveridge Lane. Mystery Bay Farm is on the right.
406 Center Road
Settled in the fertile Center Valley, Red Dog Farm boasts gorgeous views, salmon-bearing Chimacum Creek frontage, and prime growing conditions. Red Dog is certified organic and grows over 150 different varieties of vegetables, berries and flowers on 23 acres. Produce is sold locally at Port Townsend and Chimacum farmers markets, a 10-month long CSA program, at their fabulous self-serve Red Dog Farm Stand, and through various retailers and restaurants. Red Dog farmers will be on hand to give tours of our fields, answer your garden questions, and share their experiences. Red Dog fresh produce, berries and flowers will be available for purchase.
Directions: From Farm Tour Central follow Center Rd south to #406. Make a right into the driveway on the west side of Center Rd and head for the red barn.
Roger, Sandy, and Kevin Short
1594 Center Road, Chimacum
Family farmed since 1945, the 400-acre Short’s Family Farm is now home to an 85 head herd of 100% grass-fed beef and a commercial-scale magical soil and composting facility. Short’s USDA certified beef can be found at local farmer’s markets, groceries, and restaurants. Visit during Farm Tour to experience the making of Short’s magical soil, from composting to screening to mixing. Be sure to pick some compost, magical soil, and fabulous grass-fed beef on your way out!
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, follow Center Rd south to #1594. Turn right down the driveway.
John Bellow and Roxanne Hudson
187 Covington Way, Chimacum
SpringRain Farm & Orchard is a certified organic farm located in the heart of Chimacum on 28 acres of prime agricultural land. They grow a wide variety of berries, orchard fruits, greenhouse crops, herbs, asparagus, and garlic. They keep bees and also produce pasture-raised eggs, chicken, turkey, rabbit, and lamb with a strong focus on ensuring our meat is ethically-raised. They use a diversified farming system that involves protein, vegetables, fruit, and pollinators to provide the most sustainable system as possible. Beehive and chicken feed demos, Jefferson Land Trust creek restoration tours, farmstand open and farm tours available.
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, follow SR19 N toward Port Townsend. Turn a right onto Covington Way on the east side of SR19. Follow to the end of the driveway. Park on the left.
111 Sunfield Lane, Port Hadlock
Sunfield Farm is a community based nonprofit farm comprising eighty-one acres of fields, forest, crops, and wetlands. Stewardship, education, and providing fresh healthy food is their most salient goal. Organic and biodynamic techniques are used to tend the diverse array of crops and livestock on the farm. This integrated system allows us to produce berries, veggies, hay, pastured meats, and free range eggs with minimal inputs from outside sources. You can enjoy their raised products through their CSA (community supported agriculture) program. Enjoy a self-guided tour: meet our animals and see the crops that are being grown. Kid-friendly activities will be provided as well as snacks and music. Assorted produce, craft items, wool, cook books, soap. A market stand area will be set up for visitors.
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, follow SR19 N toward Port Townsend. The Sunfield driveway is located on the west side of SR19 between Fiesta Jalisco’s Restaurant and Circle and Square Auto Repair.
Chuck and Julie Boggs
1311 West Valley Road, Chimacum
Westbrook Angus has been owned and operated by Chuck and Julie Boggs for the last forty years on the original family farm along West Valley Road. Their herd of purebred Angus cattle is raised humanely and naturally for sale as breeding stock and finished beef, happily grazing on pasture and local hay grown on the farm. Visitors can learn about the Angus cattle breed, hop on a hayride through the herd, or buy their delicious grass-fed USDA inspected beef!
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, follow SR19 north. Pass by Chimacum School and take the first left onto West Valley Road. Continue south about 1.1 miles past Van Trojen Road. West Brook Angus is on the left.
2333 Cape George Road, Port Townsend
Whiskey Hill Farm is a certified Grade A Dairy producing raw goat milk. Diana produces fine hard cheeses like cheddar, blue cheese, Monterey Jack and Greek Feta made on the farm. All livestock is purebred registered Nubian and Alpine goats. Visitors are able to meet the goats and take tours of the milking and cheese making room. Cheese samples will be available to try before you buy.
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, follow Rhody Dr/SR19 north. Continue on Hwy 20 E. Turn left onto S. Jacob Miller Rd. Take 1st left on S. Discovery Rd. Turn right on Cape George Rd. Slight left to stay on Cape George Rd. Look for #2333 on your left after the Cape George Wye.
223 Cook Ave Ext, Port Townsend, WA
Casey and Eric Reeter
Want to learn more about WSU Twin Vista Ranch? Visit during Fiber Tour
Martin & Charlotte Frederickson
6456 Flagler Road, Nordland on Marrowstone Island
Martin Frederickson, Farm Manager of WSU Twin Vista Ranch, and his wife Charlotte raise grass-fed lamb and beef, as well as pastured pork, turkey, chicken, quail and eggs. Their flock of Romney sheep will be featured both Saturday and Sunday on the Fiber Tour, with fleece, roving and batts for sale. A local spinner will be on site to demonstrate hand spinning and talk about how to get the best out of a Romney fleece. Organic Seed Alliance will also host an info booth and seed tours.
Directions: From Farm Tour Central, take left on Chimacum Rd. Turn right on Oak Bay Rd/WA-116. Drive through Indian Island and veer left at Robbins Road onto Flagler Road once entering Marrowstone Island. Look for the WSU Jefferson County Cooperative Extension sign on the right at #6456.