Whidbey This Weekend

Lots going on on Whidbey Island this weekend…

The Annual Whidbey Farm Tour, a FREE, self-guided tour of 14 different farms on Whidbey. There will be veggies, fruits, llamas, alpacas, chickens, goats, yarn, liqueur, flowers, honey, blueberries, herbs, teas, beef, and much more. The tour will be Saturday and Sunday (9/21 & 9/22) from 10am to 4pm. Click on the link, download the map and go visit. Note: Some of the farms are only open one day, so read the descriptions carefully.

Tour de WhidbeyThe Tour de Whidbey, happening on Saturday, 9/21, is an an annual bicycling event with 6 routes to choose from, measuring from 30 to 100 miles long. They even have a fairly flat family-friendly 10-mile run. Some are very challenging with varied terrain. All of them take in the beautiful scenery that is Whidbey Island. Coldwell Banker Tara Properties will be maintaining one of the Hospitality Break Stations, offering refreshments and encouragement to riders along the way.

Just north of Whidbey, Anacortes will host the 2013 Oyster Run – the largest motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest. This free event will take place on Sunday (9/22), but riders will be arriving throughout the weekend. If you plan on attending, they recommend you get there early–“the place will be packed”.

Whidbey Farms on Tour

On Saturday, 4/21, the Rock’n Doodle 4-H Poultry Club is presenting the Third Annual Coop Tour. For $10 per car you can join this self-guided tour of unique and beautiful Chicken Coops on Whidbey Island. Eight farms display their coops along with baby chicks, turkeys, geese, miniature goats, poultry processing, sheep, cattle, Chicken Olympics, gardens, ducks, and more. Volunteers and farm owners will be at each location to answer questions and guide the tours. Tickets are available beginning April 1 at Bayview Farm & Garden and Skagit Farmer’s Supply in Freeland and Oak Harbor. For more information: rockndoodle@whidbey.com

3 Sisters Farmers Market

3 Sisters Family Farms will open a limited seasonal farmer’s market on the 3rd Saturday of October, November, and December at their Whidbey Island barn at Highway 20 and Monroe Landing Road in Oak Harbor. There will be an additional 10 vendors represented. This is great news for all of us that love our Whidbey Island local farmer’s markets and despair at their closings every fall. Get the full story at The Whidbey News-Times.

Whidbey Island Farm Tour

Whidbey Island Farm TourDuring the sixth annual Whidbey Island Farm Tour, Saturday and Sunday, families can visit 18 island farms on Whidbey Island and a chance to visit with the farmers, such as beekeeper David Neel of Freeland, who will teach about bees and offer honey for sale from Island Apiaries at Lavender Wind Farm.

You can also purchase locally grown food, fiber and other products, and soak up the island’s rural character.

The tour is free, and you can start anywhere and take in as many or as few farms as you like — just follow the yellow “Farm Tour” signs, posted on the main highways (Highway 20 or 525) from the island’s southerly tip to just north of Oak Harbor.

Some farms offer events at specific times, and some are starting later or not participating on Sunday, so plan ahead with the official tour map/brochure, available online at the website below, in the rack section on the ferry (Mukilteo/Clinton route) and around the island.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, (360-678-4708 or www.whidbeyfarmtour.com).(Thanks to the Seattle Times for their coverage)