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Savor the Skagit Valley

A weekend in the Skagit Valley provides an array of options for exploring your culinary senses. Bring a hearty appetite and save room in the car for goodies to take home.

Skagit Farm to Pint Passport Tour

Skagit Farm to PintSkagit Valley’s deep and fertile alluvial soils are rated by USDA as among the best in the world.  The Skagit Valley farmers grow the barley varietals, Skagit Valley Malting takes these new varieties to bring out taste and flavor, and then all 13 of the Skagit Valley Breweries use the malt to make tasty craft beer.

The Skagit Farm to Pint Ale Trail Tour includes a map and passport to collect stamps.  Once you have collected all your stamps, you are awarded a pint glass at the last brewery you visit.  Pick up a passport at the breweries, Skagit Visitor Info Centers, and a select number of lodging establishments that offer “Bed & Brew” packages.

Skagit Valley is also home to Skagit Farm to Pint Roadshow, Skagit Valley College Brewing Academy, Fields of Barley, and five Brewery Festivals: Bier on the Pier (First weekend of October), Brew on the Slough (Third weekend of October) Brew Fest on the Skagit (Second Saturday of August), and the Skagit Wine & Beer Festival (November).  Not surprising that we ranked #10 in the USA on the “Hidden Beer Gems in the USA” list!

skagit farm to pint ale trail

Genuine Skagit Valley’s Farmstand Fresh

Visit Skagit’s farm stands for a fresh take on fresh foods.  From tote to table, celebrate Skagit’s farm stands during July and August. Discover the diverse and bountiful crops of the Skagit Valley by exploring its produce stands and farm stores. Meet your farmer and connect to an exceptional agricultural community growing over 80 commercial crops. All the while, enjoy the Skagit countryside with unsurpassed vistas of the San Juan Islands, Olympic Coast Range, and North Cascades.

Farmstand Fresh highlights farm stands from across the Valley in July and August. Visitors gain access to local chefs offering personal Zoom calls filled with tips and tricks on cooking and preserving. Shoppers at participating stands can sign up for a free 15-minute Zoom session provided by a local chef. Plus, they can enter to win gift certificates to Skagit Valley restaurants. Genuine Skagit Valley encourages our visitors and locals alike to explore farms, savor the fresh flavors of Skagit, and connect to a local chef for some virtual kitchen inspiration!

Need help planning an itinerary? Make it a weekend of exploring the farms of the beautiful Skagit Valley. Open-fields, velvety ice cream, sweet corn, fresh-picked flowers, farm tractors, and friendly exchanges await for those that visit Skagit’s farm stands.

Want to learn more about the program? Watch the King 5 Evening episode on Farmstand Fresh – “Shop a Skagit Valley farm stand and get expert cooking advice for free.”

Wineries

Surrounded by the majestic North Cascades, the Skagit River, crystal clear lakes, neighboring the San Juan Islands, Deception Pass, nestled in historic communities like La Conner and Edison, an agricultural cornucopia and a scenic rural countryside setting, the Skagit Valley wine region is a perfect destination. The Skagit River hosts wineries along its banks established from Rockport to Conway. These are family-owned wineries where people love grapes and fruit, love to make high-quality wine, and want to share them with the community.

The Skagit Valley is a unique wine region, capitalizing on the local rich agricultural fruit products, access to premium Washington vineyards, and varietals grown in near-perfect conditions. The Skagit Valley is an ideal growing location for several Germanic grape varietals like Siegerrebe and Agria and popular red wines such as Pinot Noir. The Skagit Valley has a similar climate and growing conditions as some of the popular European wine-growing regions.

Land and Sea Harvest

crabAgriculture is the #1 industry in Skagit County, with 93,000 acres of active farmlands. The Skagit Maritime Valley is home to 90 different crops, from blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries to specialty potatoes, Jonagold apples, and green peas. The Valley has numerous dairy & cheese farms along with ranches offering homegrown ranch meat. Fisheries is also an important industry in Skagit County. Our bountiful Salish Sea is famous for Wild Salmon, Halibut, Dungeness Crab, and Oysters.

Whether you are stopping at a farmer’s stand, visiting a working farm, or dining in one of our local restaurants, the bounty of the Skagit Valley will make your taste buds come alive. Savor the Skagit Valley!

Markets & Festivals

Explore a Skagit Valley Farmer’s Market for fresh food and family fun. Taste the best of Skagit Valley’s farm produce in relaxing small-town environments.  The Valley’s markets feature fresh-picked organic and local produce, meats, eggs, herbs, cut flowers, bedding plants and nursery stock, locally made cheese, organic bread, honey, handmade soaps and skincare products, jewelry, coffee, and ready-to-eat foods.

Plan Your Trip!

Farmers Markets, Farm Stands, and U-Pick

Coming for 2023 –  Skagit Food Trail