September 17th and 18th 2016 during the ‘unstoppable’ 14th annual Jefferson County Farm Tour, thirteen Jefferson County farms opened their doors to the public. Marked by a Friday night Honky Tonkin’ Pie Party Kickoff party at the Chimacum Grange, followed by a weekend of over 4,000 farm visits, this year’s tour was a success!
Friday Night Lights:
On Friday September 16th the Grange was transformed into a real live honky tonk venue from an era when good food and good music naturally came together in the heart of the farming community. The Olympic Peninsula’s premier Honky Tonk Band Three Chords and the Truth serenaded a multi-generational dance hall, a nostalgic moment for Nancy Lee Mann who wrote “…a nice memory! What a great, old fashioned, delightful event that was. As I sat there watching people of ALL ages dance around the floor, it warmed my heart… I had a heart wrenching flash back of my sister and I doing the same thing at “Melody Ranch” in 1954, Eugene, Oregon… Can it happen every year?!”
Crust Pies provided blueberry slices and pies of all kinds came from Farm’s Reach Café, Crust Pies, Pane d’Amore, Spruce Goose, Courtyard Café and many more generous local bakers. Our local beer, wine and cider makers were not forgotten in the evening, with provisions from Marrowstone Vineyards, Finnriver, Alpenfire, PT Brewing, and Propolis.
Between pie walks were two pie eating contests hosted by Danny Milholland of Thunderbull Productions. Kid’s Activities were held in the grass with Sunfield Farm and School.
Farm Tour Central
Over 4,000 visitors experienced a working farm with thirteen Jefferson County farms opening their doors to the public for farm fresh food, fiber, cider, crafts and more.
“Each of the farms had a unique personality” said one participant. “I loved meeting the people who work with the land and the livestock”.
You could see folks of all ages walking around their Farm Tour stickers on, showing Jefferson County a heartfelt appreciation for the local farming community.
Thanks for participating!
A HEARTY THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS:
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
JEFFERSON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET
JEFFERSON LAND TRUST
THE PORT TOWNSEND FOOD COOP
CHIMACUM CORNER FARMSTAND
CARL’S BUILDING SUPPLY
PORT TOWNSEND LEADER
FARMS ON THE 2016 FARM TOUR
Alpenfire Orchard and Cider
220 Pocket Lane, Port Townsend (360) 379-8915 Alpenfirecider.com
Wildfire’s (Alpenfire as of 2010) hard ciders begin their journey in an orchard certified organic in 2005. The first 800 trees were planted into a thin layer of glacial till topsoil scraped into mounded rows. With native oyster shell and eastern Washington lime the rows were adjusted for the extreme acidity of our northwest forestland soil.
With over 150 posts milled from the orchard land the trees were planted in a 5/12 spacing and trellised to a 4 wire system. An essential 8’ fence keeps the deer at bay.
Dirt Rich School at Compass Rose Farms
1463 W. Uncas Road, Port Townsend (360) 379-1443
The Dirt Rich School at Compass Rose Farms sits on 40 acres at the tip of Discovery Bay. Our school and farm are dedicated to teaching and utilizing the principles and ideologies of permaculture. We raise Icelandic sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, and rabbits. Together with our beautiful animals we maintain a beautiful herb and vegetable garden and are in the process of developing more extensive orchard and tree-crop systems, endeavoring to establish a true perennial wonderland. Our students receive a one-of-a-kind, hands on experience through which they learn what it takes to design and maintain a holistic permaculture farm.
Finnriver Orchard & Cider Garden
9165 Rhody Drive, Chimacum (360) 732-4337
Finnriver’s Orchard & Cider Garden is located just south of the Chimacum crossroads on 50 acres permanently protected by the Jefferson Land Trust. The orchard is a historic former dairy farm where Finnriver has renovated many of the structures to create a community gathering place, including repurposing the old feeding trough into a 70 ft. long communal table. A former cow shed now serves cider tastings and cider on tap. Finnriver’s organic orchard grows over 5,500 heritage varieties of apple and pear trees.
Short’s Family Farm
1594 Center Road, Chimacum
Short’s Family Farm includes 500 acres used for pasture, silage, and hay. We currently have 115 mother cows with 115 babies, 110 yearlings, and 15 two year olds with the majority being angus breed. We produce and sell compost, topsoil, magical soil, and bark. The farm is owned and operated by 3rd generation farmers with plans to continue with 4th and 5th generations. We were a dairy farm until 2003 when we switched to cow-calf beef. This amazing paradigm change from a conventional chemical farm to a sustainable back to natural approach helped us integrate and understand the role of microbes, soils, and animal welfare.
423 Meade Road, Nordland (360) 385-5239
Marrowstone Vineyards is situated on beautiful Marrowstone Island, with a breathtaking view of Puget Sound, Whidbey Island and the Cascade Mountains in the distance. Eight years ago, with a lot of help from friends and neighbors, we planted two and a half acres of grapevines. Over the past decade, we converted what had been a sturdily-build horse barn into a boutique winery. Our tasting room and upstairs gallery display the work of several local artists. We also serve snacks made locally by Metro Bagels, Port Townsend Chocolate Company and Mt. Townsend creamery. Live music on Sunday September 18th!
220 Jimson Lane, Port Townsend (360) 621-7479
Onatrue Farm is an expanding 10 acre Certified Naturally Grown market farm with over 3 acres under intensive cultivation, growing fruits and A to Z vegetables, including unusual crops like tea and ginger. Visit the farm to see how we break ground, converting an overgrown hay field into a productive vegetable farm, employing the latest water saving technology. Tour our fields to evaluate our extensive variety trials we are conducting this year, learn about our grassroots peer review certification, and hear about the newest techniques we are trying.
One Straw Ranch
6456 Flagler Road, Nordland (360) 302-0793
One Straw Ranch raises cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and quail. All our animals are pasture-raised and are fed without any additional hormones or unnecessary medications to produce delicious, wholesome food for you and your family. We offer beef, pork, and lamb by-the-package or as custom whole/half animals, as well as eggs. Our beef and lamb are 100% grass-fed and the grain for our pigs and chickens is sourced locally. We also offer beautiful yarn, roving, batts, and raw fiber from our Romney sheep. It is durable and lustrous and ranges from pure white through varied shades of gray.
Organic Seed Alliance
124 Center Road, Chimacum (360) 385-7192
Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is a non-profit dedicated to the ethical development and stewardship of seed. We accomplish our mission through collaborative research, education, and advocacy programs that engage farmers and other stakeholders. We have partnerships with both WSU at the Twin Vista Ranch and the Chimacum Farm Collaborative located at the Finnriver Orchard. We conduct organic plant breeding, variety trials, and educational activities at both the WSU Twin Vista Ranch and the Finnriver Orchard.
2205 Ivy Street, Port Townsend (360) 385-7825
Rosebud Ranch and Fiber Studio is a small farm (2.5 acres) in Port Townsend that includes a heard of 1 llama, 8 alpacas and 1 fiber artist. The herd is shorn yearly and the fiber is professionally processed off the farm, then by hand by the on site fiber artist. I raise llamas and alpacas for fiber. I am a spinner, weaver and knitter. We have had llamas on the land since 1989, alpacas since 2006.
Visitors during the Fiber/Farm Tour can participate in spinning and weaving. A handful of small looms will be available for kids to try, and the animals will be all around to visit with. Other Fiber artists will have booths to display and sell their hand-crafted fiber products.
Springrain Farm and Orchard
187 Covington Way, Chimacum (425) 218-5675
SpringRain Farm & Orchard is a family farm located in the heart of Chimacum. We grow a wide variety of berries and orchard fruits along with heirloom tomatoes, herbs, eggplant, and asparagus. We also raise duck and chicken eggs, turkeys, roasting chickens, ducks, rabbits, and bees. Our mission is to sustainably and organically produce food for our local community. We use a diversified farming system that involves protein, vegetables, fruit, and pollinators to provide the most sustainable system possible. The whole team takes their cue from nature and strives to develop a farming system that closely matches a natural ecosystem. We are committed to conservation and caring for the land we live and grow on. We use conservation practices designed to protect soil and water quality, and have worked to restore Chimacum Creek, a critical salmon habitat. At SpringRain Farm, everyone thinks deeply about the health of the soil, the water, the animals and plants, and the people we farm with.
Sunfield Farm & Waldorf School
111 Sunfield Lane, Port Hadlock (425) 218-3608
The 81 acres of fields, forest and wetlands serve as an inspiring educational resource for Sunfield, Land for Learning. The non-profit organization offers farm – based community education programs and a pre-k through grade 8 Waldorf School. The students help tend the flock of Cotswold sheep, milk the Nubian goats and care for the laying hens. They also lend helping hands in the vegetable production gardens which are certified organic, and managed using biodynamic farming practices.
1671 Dabob Road, Quilcene (360) 732-4109
We have eight acres of valley land where we keep seven sheep and one horse. Our business is custom carding, using our Pat Green Carder. We process for clients and we also sell prepared Fiber (roving, batts, top) and Fleeces.
223 Cook Avenue, Port Townsend (360-379-2434)
Wilderbee Farm is a certified organic family farm offering u-pick cut flowers, herbs, lavender, pumpkins, as well as hand-picked blueberries. The farm is open Wed-Sun 10am-5pmMay through October. Our mission is to practice and promote bee-friendly organic farming, support wildlife conservation, and provide a relaxing place to enjoy simple pleasures on the farm. During summer we distill lavender essential oil using a copper still to capture the sweetest notes. We also raise hens for eggs, honeybees, and a rare, primitive breed of sheep called British Soay for their naturally soft wool. In season, our farm store is stocked with fresh eggs, lavender essential oils and bath products, one-of-a-kind garden woodcrafts, and other unique goods all grown and crafted on the farm. Visitors are welcome to meet and feed the sheep, stroll the fields and nature trails, and enjoy the day at Wilderbee.
WSU Twin Vista Ranch
6456 Flagler Road, Nordland, WA
WSU Twin Vista Ranch is a 26-acre certified organic farm that was donated to the WSU Land Legacy Program in 2012 to serve as a center for educational outreach and agricultural development. Washington State University and the Organic Seed Alliance have partnered to develop a community gene bank system at Twin Vista Ranch that is focused on selecting, screening, and managing organic plant genetic resources for the region. The farm has also begun a program to conserve and advance rare animal genetics with a herd of Red Poll cattle, a breed classified as threatened by The Livestock Conservancy.
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