Fall Farm Tour Itinerary

Special Event: Whatcom County Farm Tour

In the height of harvest season, Eat Local Month is a reminder to celebrate the bounty in Whatcom County’s backyard, and support the folks who grow, raise and prepare our food by eating locally. This year the celebrations are bigger than ever with a new weekend long Food Fest and the expansion of the Whatcom County Farm Tour.

Each year, the second Saturday in September opens the harvest season with the Whatcom County Farm Tour hosted by Sustainable Connections. Numerous farms throughout the county present a public open house on this day, inviting visitors to return throughout the season.

This year we celebrate Eat Local Month in Bellingham with Eat, Drink, Tour, Repeat with Sustainable Connections.

Check out the event full details for 2017 here.

A. Bellingham Visitor Information Center

Open 7 days a week, this is a great place to grab a copy of the Whatcom Food & Farm Finder, produced by Sustainable Connections – an organization dedicated to maintaining a thriving local economy – and talk to a pro about what’s happening in the county on the day you arrive.


B. BelleWood Acres

Home to 24,000 apple trees, BelleWood Acres is known as Honeycrisp headquarters. Stop in at the farm store to taste the freshest apples, pressed cider, home-baked pie, honey roasted peanut butter, and special recipe caramel sauce. Visitors are also welcome to tour the orchard and view the packing and juice lines. Open daily Sept-Dec.


C. Appel Farms

This family dairy has been making artisan cheeses for 30 years in the Dutch tradition. Visitors are invited to taste a wide variety of flavored Goudas in the charming cheese shoppe adjacent to the barn. Then learn about unique cheeses like Quark and Paneer. Open Mon-Sat.

D. Samson Estates Winery

Located in the heart of raspberry country, Samson Estates is both a working raspberry farm and a boutique winery. Winemaker Rob Dhaliwal offers 5 traditional viniferous varieties using Washington State grapes. He also produces unique fruit and dessert wines using local raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and hazelnuts. The tasting room is open Fri – Sun throughout the fall.


E. Cloud Mountain Farm

This is the place to be the first weekend in October for the annual Fall Fruit Festival. Taste 200 varieties of common and uncommon apples, pears and table grapes, as well as hand-pressed cider, nuts, rare fruit jellies and sauces. Farm experts teach the names of each variety and advise how to grow them at home. Live music starts toes to tapping as tummies fill with homegrown goodness. Cloud Mountain also offers a pumpkins patch throughout the fall. Open Wed – Sat. Feb – Nov.

F. North Fork Brewery

What would fall be without a tasty ale to wash it all down? Finish off your day with a trip up the Mountain Baker Highway to the quirky North Fork Brewery, Beer Shrine and Wedding Chapel for a hand-tossed pizza made with local ingredients and a traditional British-style ale served in a rustic and friendly atmosphere. Open daily 2 – 9 p.m.



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