The Corner Chronicle
Chimacum, Washington, Wednesday September 19, 2018
September 9th, 2012 by Katy McCoy
cartoon of Cracker and Mable (Holstein) making plans to tour the farms together on Sunday

It’s almost here – the long anticipated 10th annual WSU Jefferson County Farm Tour. On Sunday, Sept 16th from 10-4, fifteen local farms will open their gates and barn doors to visitors, offering self-guided tours and demonstrations. Many will offer live music and dining options. Stop by Chimacum Corner which will be acting as the tour headquarters to pick up your free guide booklet with descriptions of and directions to each of the participating farms.

A very special opportunity to connect with our neighbors, food and land. And it’s FREE! Thank you WSU and thank you farmers!

The free guides are also available at the Port Townsend Food Co-op and WSU extension office and a nifty farm tour google map is available by clicking here.

BUT WAIT… There’s MORE! 

The Olympic Peninsula Fiber Farm Tour: In addition to farms that grow food, there are farms that grow and process fiber – wool and alpaca. Five of the fifteen farms on the main farm tour are fiber farms and just to confuse us, they have a separate website, and they are not only open for visitors on Sunday, but on Saturday the 15th, 10-4 as well. My strategy: the 5 fiber farms on Saturday leaving only 10 farms for Sunday! Be forewarned – in addition to carding, spinning, and weaving demonstrations, there will be a plethora of fiber artists selling their tempting wares. Take a wallet.

Tour de Fermes Bike Tour: Each year the Port Townsend Bicycle Association puts together an informal bike ride that travels the shady rural roads connecting our scenic farms. The pdf map is attainable by clicking here. Or a printed map can be physically picked up at the Corner on the day of the tour. Be so very French!

“SHAKE YOUR TAIL FEATHERS” Dance Shindig to benefit the Farm Intern FIELD ProgramSaturday night, Sept 15, 6-10pm, Rotary Pavillion, HJ Carroll Park (9884 Rhody Dr). Warming up the dance floor will be the FIELD program’s own fabulous Eli Lamb with his band Mutton Chop, then on their heels the acclaimed Cort Armstrong and the Blue Rooster Band will dial up the heat full-throttle with their Appalachian-inspired “chicken picking”. Thirst will be assured and to quench it, PT Brewery and Finnriver Cidery have donated libations, the proceeds of which will help Finnriver, Springrain, Solstice, and Sunfield Farms train the future farmers of tomorrow in sustainable agriculture methods. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. In addition there will be a silent auction on the side (and I for one am bidding on Linda Roeff’s pickles). See you there!

WSU Farm Tour Raffle Ticket Drawing – Sunday at 4:30 after the farm tour – Chimacum Corner Farmstand. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets before then – stack your odds of winning big prizes while supporting a great cause. Wishing you a lucky number!

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