Embark on a tasty farm tour this weekend

Leader news staff
Posted 9/16/21


It’s a real treat to tour Jefferson County farms and vineyards via the annual Jefferson County Farm Tour, happening Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19.

Pick up a map and …

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Embark on a tasty farm tour this weekend



It’s a real treat to tour Jefferson County farms and vineyards via the annual Jefferson County Farm Tour, happening Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19.

Pick up a map and informational brochure at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand, a.k.a. “Farm Tour Central,” at 9122 Rhody Drive in Chimacum, and buckle up for a taste of Jefferson County. (There have been COVID-caused changes to this year’s line-up: Find the most up-to-date information on the Farm Tour’s Facebook page, at facebook.com/jeffcofarmtour.)

Wilderbee Farm at 223 Cook Ave., Port Townsend is the first stop. This organic farm has everything from sheep to bees, and activities like u-pick lavender and mead tasting.

Natembea Farm Cooperative (home to Ground Control Goats, plus a few other small ag businesses) is offering a virtual tour online instead of an in-person experience. Settle in at natembea.com.

Next up is Eaglemount Wine & Cider off of 1893 S. Jacob Miller Road, also in Port Townsend. This small heirloom cidery and winery has recently expanded to include 12 more acres, including an event venue. Tour the 103-year-old orchard as you sip a fruity beverage.

Wine not more bevies? Sailor Vineyard has 3 acres with three different varietals, and they offer sulfite-free wines. Visit in person at 1673 Woodland Drive in Port Townsend.

See where the Port Townsend Food Bank reaps a harvest at the Red Hen Garden at RainCoast Farm on 12224 Airport Cutoff Road. The farm is not open to the public at this time, but the garden is. Tour greenhouses, progressive planting techniques, and an orchid house.

Get dynamic, as in bio-dymanic, at Sunfield Biodynamic Farm  at 111 Sunfield Lane in Port Hadlock. The 81-acre property is dedicated to learning through land, and hosts an accredited  Waldorf School and community education programing. There will be guided walking tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Self-guided tours throughout the day aided by way-finding signage.

The lucky seventh stop is Finnriver Farm and Cidery  located on 124 Center Road, Chimacum. The 50-acre organic farm and orchard will be open noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cider tastings, farm tours, local food carts, and live music help bring a festive feel to the tour.

The Organic Seed Alliance has switched to digital. See seedalliance.org for more information.

Prepare for delicious immersion at White Lotus Farm & Space Twin Provisions on 3723 Beaver Valley Road, Port Ludlow. This collective of small businesses works together to farm the property. From sourdough bread, to sheep, to veggie production, this farm offers a little of everything.

Farming fiber is a thing. See for yourself at Jacobs’ Fleece on 3940 Leland Valley Road West in Quilcene, hop over to Ananda Hill Farm & Fiber while you’re there. Yarn, fleeces, and naturally, sheep, will be on-site.

Also going solely online are Compass Rose Farms and The Dirt Rich School at thedirtrichschool.org; Hopscotch Farm + Cannery at hopscotchfarmpt.com; Kodama Farm and Food Forest at kodamafarming.com; One Straw Ranch at onestrawranch.com, and Sweet Seed Flower Farm at sweetseedflowers.com.


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