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Whatcom County Farm Tour 2017 expands to two days

Whatcom County Farm Tour, an annual event sponsored by Sustainable Connections, expands to two days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 9-10, and features 12 farms. Find a list of farms and plan a free self-guided tour at sustainableconnecti
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Whatcom County Farm Tour, an annual event sponsored by Sustainable Connections, expands to two days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 9-10, and features 12 farms. Find a list of farms and plan a free self-guided tour at sustainableconnecti

A second day has been added to the annual Whatcom County Farm Tour this weekend, when area farms, dairies, orchards and other food-oriented enterprises open their doors to show residents the importance of agriculture in the Northwest.

Among the farms on the free tour for its 10th year are BelleWood Acres and Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Boxx Berry Farm and milk producers such as MyShan Dairy and Twin Brook Creamery. Appel Farms and Ferndale Farmstead return with guided tours and samples of their artisan cheeses.

This year, the Whatcom Family Farmers organization joins original sponsor Sustainable Connections in producing the event.

“It’s a nice representation of the agriculture that Whatcom County has to offer,” said Sara Southerland, Sustainable Connections’ food and farming manager.

This year’s free self-guided tour is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Find a list of participating farms, descriptions and a map of locations at sustainableconnections.org.

Only Boxx Berry Farm and BelleWood Acres are participating both days.

Also on the tour this year are designated food and refreshment stops, including Twin Sisters Creamery in Ferndale, Good to Go meat pies in Everson, Vartanyan Estate Winery in Bellingham and Probably Shouldn’t Distillery and Breckenridge Blueberries in Nooksack.

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A Guernsey calf mugs for the camera at MyShan Farm during the 2016 Whatcom County Farm Tour. Robert Mittendorf rmittendorf@bhamherald.com

New to the tour this year are Riverhaven Farm near Lynden and Alluvial Farms near Everson, which raises pastured pigs and cows using sustainable practices. They’ll have samples of freshly grilled pork, pork for sale, and information about farm planning.

Riverhaven Farm raises chickens and lambs using ecological methods such as composting and rejecting pesticides and commercial fertilizers.

“It’s really a cool kind of permaculture homestead farm,” Southerland said.

Also new to the tour is Triple Wren Farms near Bellingham, known for its blueberries, pumpkins, cut flowers and floral workshops.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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