Many of our neighbors on Whidbey Island are farmers. Nothing is finer than stopping by their farm to get the freshest produce for your island stay!
Whidbey Island is home to many kinds of farms from the reddest strawberries to award winning sheeps milk cheese to golden honey. Here are our tips to find your way to all of them.
When you plan your trip to Whidbey Island, a good place to start is with Whidbey Island Grown. This cooperative has links to all the farmers markets and farm stands in their island wide co-op. In a time of physical distancing you can even plan ahead and shop online to pick up your local produce, as you can see below in a portion of their menu for July.
In Freeland, I highly recommend you stop by Mutiny Bay Blues with the most perfectly delicious blueberries in mid to late July. Their blueberries are the star of Mutiny Bay Distillerie’s Blueberry liquor —another great local shop to visit nearby. You can also find their berries at our neighborhood Payless Grocery store.
Nearby Orchard Kitchen is a fabulous restaurant that is a must visit, but did you know it also has a great farm stand? Check out their take out meals too.
I have fond memories of enjoying the crispiest lettuce fresh from the Foxtail Farm stand. They are open in the summer season during daylight hours and at the Bayview Farmers Market on Saturday.
Follow their Instagram to see the amazing abundance of Whidbey Island.
Take a journey down a long and winding drive—through the woods—and you will arrive at Glendale Shepherd, in Clinton, a sheep farm with an ocean view. You can visit their farm store on Saturdays and Sundays and purchase their award winning cheese for your picnic. You can also find them at the Bayview Farmers Market. The sheeps milk yogurt is amazing with island berries and honey, and the little sheep soaps make a great island gift. You may even get to see their piglets during your visit.
One last favorite of mine is Bells Strawberry Farm up in Coupeville. It is a delight to visit the year-round farm stand, and meet the donkeys and the sheep. Their strawberries are delicious, so plan your visit at the end of June to celebrate Strawberry Daze on the farm.
Maybe in another post I can share more farm stands with you, but I encourage you to take a slow day on Whidbey, and explore the farms for yourself. The treasures await you. Enjoy!