FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
Sara Southerland, Food & Farming Director
Sustainable ConnectionsÂ in Bellingham, WA announces the dates for the 2019 Whatcom Farm Tour Weekend, Sept. 7 – 8, 2019.Â Eat, drink, tour, relax and taste your way through Northwest Washingtonâ€™s beautifulÂ farmland, with views of Mount Baker â€“ a culinary adventure awaits.
A premier event of the region’s September Eat Local Month, the Farm Tour Weekend is the perfect time to make the trip to Bellingham. One of the longest running farm tours west of the Cascades, itâ€™s an event that draws many from around the region to delight in the magic of Northwest Washingtonâ€™s unique farms and food artisans.
Happening both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 13th annual Whatcom Farm Tour highlightsÂ 10-12Â diverse family-owned farms and provides exciting educational activities at each ofÂ theÂ tour stops. As one of the longest running farm tours west of the Cascades, itâ€™s an event that draws many from around the region to delight in the magic of local food.
A variety of producers will be featured, including vegetables, beef, eggs & poultry, flowers, dairy, orchards, and a farmhouse brewery. Tour-goers can meet local farmers, learn about growing practices, enjoyÂ hayrides, taste farm veggies and products, meet farm animals, sample wine, and shop for some of the highest quality foods in the state.
Along with the farm tour, attendees can enjoy a Farm-to-Pint tasting event at Aslan Brewing Co. Saturday night, featuring hops from local farming organization Growing Veterans, who works to support veterans re-integrating into society by growing fresh food, and the infamous Farm Tour Brunch featuring from scratch comfort food made with produce and goods from farms on the tour — Sunday morning at Cosmos Bistro in downtown Bellingham.
The Farm Tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday with some farms only open one day, and a small handful openÂ on both.
The self-guided tour is free, but attendees can purchase a $12 Farm Tour VIP Badge to support the Tour and receive valuable coupons and discounts on farm products at every stop. VIP BadgesÂ can be purchasedÂ on the day of the Farm Tour at any of the stops.
This summerÂ detailed farmÂ descriptions and a map will be available atÂ EatLocalFirst.org orÂ printÂ Farm Tour/Eat Local Month Guides will be available starting mid-AugustÂ in local papers, visitors centers, Haggen and Co-op stores, libraries and more.