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See crafts, animals, demonstrations during annual farm tour

Visitors watch a hand-cranked cider press at Inspiration Farm in September 2014. The 2015 Whatcom County Farm Tour is Sept. 12.
Visitors watch a hand-cranked cider press at Inspiration Farm in September 2014. The 2015 Whatcom County Farm Tour is Sept. 12. The Bellingham Herald

A popular dairy is offering a look inside its processing facilities as part of this year’s Whatcom County Farm Tour, which highlights the area’s diverse agricultural offerings. The tour is Saturday, Sept. 12.

Twin Brook Creamery, north of Lynden, is known for its non-homogenized milk in glass bottles with a big slug of cream on top. Twin Brook joins 11 other farms this year, said Sara Southerland, food and farming manager at Sustainable Connections, the group sponsoring the 12th annual free, self-guided event.

“Every half hour they’ll be doing a tour of the processing plant,” she said. “They’re not normally open to the public, so this is special. It’s going to be neat to see inside their operation. They’re kind of an institution here.”

Twin Brook will also offer tastings of its chocolate milk and other dairy products, and have a calf to pet.

Other tour participants include such mainstays as Cascadia Mushrooms, BelleWood Acres & Distillery, Vartanyan Estates Winery, Bellingham Country Gardens, and Cloud Mountain Farm Center. The downtown Bellingham Farmers Market is serving as a kind of headquarters for the tour, with demonstrations and activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Many farms have tours and demonstrations, including Edelweiss Dairy near Lynden, which is a member of the Organic Valley Cooperative. Guided tours of the farm and its milking facilities will be offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

New on the tour is Tenfold Farm just north of Bellingham, which features mixed vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers, and participates in a community-supported agriculture program in which, for an upfront fee, customers receive a weekly share of farm produce.

“They’ll actually be building a hoop house and offering a tutorial for backyard gardeners,” Southerland said.

On the tour for its second year is Inspiration Farm in the Laurel area, with its old-fashioned cider press.

“They were a big hit last year,” Southerland said. “They’ll also be spinning wool and brewing some fresh hops.”

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Whatcom County Farm Tour

▪ The free, self-guided tour runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

▪ Find a map online at, or call Sustainable Connections at 360-647-7093, ext. 114. Maps also are available at Bellingham Farmers Market, Community Food Co-op, Whatcom Farmers Co-op, Haggen stores, and all Bellingham and Whatcom County libraries and visitor centers.

▪ The tour is free, but a $25 donation yields a VIP bag full of goodies and coupons for items at all farm tour stops.


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