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With 140 miles of marine shoreline and 100,000 acres of highly productive farmland, Bellingham and Whatcom County are a fresh-food haven stretching deliciously between the Salish Sea and snow-capped Mount Baker.
Farm production in Whatcom County ranks in the top three percent of all counties in the United States. Whatcom County is also the nation’s largest producer of red raspberries. We grow 60 percent of the U.S. crop and are first in the nation for milk production per cow, and first out of 39 Washington counties in overall dairy production.
Whatcom Food & Farm Finder is the annual guide to our local farms, fisheries, eateries, markets and more. Inside are 121 local businesses, offering everything from arugula to zucchini, locally made wines and beers to heritage turkeys, fine dining to casual fare and one-stop shops. The guide is printed and distributed by Sustainable Connections. Pick up a copy at the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Office or a local business and take your own farm tour at any time of year. For suggestions, visit our Fall Farm Tour itinerary.
Taste your way through Bellingham’s culinary gems and farm-fresh experiences!
Pick up an itinerary rack card at our Visitor Center, located at 904 Potter Street in Bellingham.
- Spring Itinerary: Oysters & Seafood – A Taste of the Salish Sea
- Summer Itinerary: Berries Galore – Farm to Table Adventure
- Fall Itinerary: Harvest & Beer Loop
- Winter Itinerary: Wine & Cheese
Use code “EATBellingham” for 15% off your stay at the following hotel partners: Hotel Bellwether, Holiday Inn & Suites, and Home2 Suites by Hilton
Bellingham Farmers Market
Whatcom County’s locally grown products are also available weekly at the Bellingham Farmers Market in two locations. The downtown Saturday market at Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Avenue in Bellingham, runs from 10 am to 3 pm (April through December). The Barkley Village Market, 2900 Woburn Street in Bellingham, runs Wednesday afternoons from noon to 5 pm (June through August). Both feature a variety of fresh produce and unique items.
- Blaine Gardeners Market
- Located on H Street Plaza in downtown Blaine, the market offers a variety of handmade and home grown items. From baked goods to farm products to arts and crafts. Something new is added every week. Open May-October 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For more information, call (360) 332-6484.
- Ferndale Public Market
- Located on the scenic centennial Riverwalk and Main Street in downtown Ferndale, the Ferndale Public Market is open every Saturday April-October 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. They sell fresh produce and handcrafted products.
- Lummi Island Farmers Market
- Located on Lummi Island, the market is open 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Saturdays, May through September, walking distance from the ferry landing.
- Lynden Farmers Market
- Located in Lynden, open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturdays from June through September at Centennial Park, downtown.
Farms & Agriculture Events
Every April, the Fairhaven Historic District celebrates its culinary past and present with the Dirty Dan Day Seafood Festival. The event features a celebration of seafood and community founder Dirty Dan Harris. Food and games, live music, fish fillet contest, salmon toss, cupcake eating contest, toy boat building, interactive fish art, 1800’s dress up, cooking demos, chowder cook-off and the world’s only piano race! Located at the Fairhaven Village Green in Belllingham’s Historic Fairhaven District.
The Lynden Farmers Day Parade has been bringing the residents of the Lynden community and surrounding areas together to celebrate Lynden’s agriculture and history for the last 100 years. This is a parade that showcases farm equipment of the past, present and future, along with decorated floats, marching bands, kids and kids-at-heart on bikes, Scout Troops, 4-H Clubs, cars, trucks and sometimes even boats! Who knows what (or who) will show up at the family-oriented, free-to-attend event!
July is National Raspberry Month and at the peak of the summer harvest season Lynden hosts the Northwest Raspberry Festival, filled with delicious family-friendly fun! Savor fresh raspberry sundaes on locally-produced ice cream, listen to live jazz, sidewalk shop and taste in downtown Lynden. Kids activities include inflatable games, face painting, a Rookies 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and Very Berry Storytime at the Lynden Library. Raspberry pancake breakfast at the Lynden Community Center, followed by a 5K fun run/walk, Razz & Shine car show, and wine tasting at Samson Estates located on a working raspberry farm.
Every year, Sustainable Connections organizes the Whatcom County Farm Tour, when a dozen farms around Whatcom County open their doors to the public. The farm tour is a festive day of fresh flavors and local food explorations. See the bounty of Whatcom County on this FREE, family friendly self-guided tour. Enjoy leisure strolls through fields and orchards, exciting interactive activities and the chance to discover the roots of abundant food grown in Northwest Washington. Choose a favorite few stops or be ambitious and hit them all. Held the second Saturday of September.
The first weekend of October thousands venture into the Mt. Baker foothills for the annual Fall Fruit Festival at Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson. 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.
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Farms & Agriculture Resources
One of Northwest Washington’s largest apple orchards. U-Pick apples and pumpkins. Farm market features fresh, locally grown produce. All-new 14,000 square-foot building offers an expanded farm market, distillery, gift shop plus a bistro and bakery. Available for Private Events.
Full Service Cheese Shop Hours: Tues thru Saturday 11 – 6pm – Offers up to 70 varieties of cheese featuring Twin Sisters signature cheese, Washington local cheeses, American originals and classic imported cheeses from around the world.
This vibrant Market is known for attracting large crowds to shop the 100 vendors that sell local produce and goods. This Market also offers special events such as our Chef in the Market series which showcases local chefs demonstrating their favorite recipes using market-fresh products.