Skagit’s fields are bursting with flowers, starting with the Daffodil Festival in March and the Tulip Festival in April. Farmstands are overflowing with curated collections of colorful produce and floral arrangements from spring through fall. This trail follows flower farms, plant nurseries with petting zoo elements, and educational experiences about what’s grown here. Keep in mind there are many small local farmstands along the way, not on this trail – so keep your eyes peeled for some side adventures! If you are exploring the Skagit Food Trail in July or August, check out Genuine Skagit Valley’s Farmstand Fresh program, which highlights farmstands, and gain access to local chefs offering personal Zoom calls filled with tips and tricks on cooking and preserving!
Now let’s get started! Hop off the freeway and head to Snow Goose Produce, a popular Skagit Valley farmstand. Their seasonal produce, pickled goods, hand-woven baskets, and flowers are lovely, but their ginormous ice cream cones keep the locals coming back.
Next, head on over to Christianson’s Nursery. It feels like you’re stepping back into a royal family’s greenhouse in Skagit Valley – the Christiansons are royalty based on their community-minded character. They have the oldest cacti in Washington state and a sweet alpaca petting zoo. Christianson’s also hosts the Skagit Valley Sunday market.
Then head to Harmony Fields to buy award-winning farmstead sheep cheese from their grade-A dairy. They also produce wool, herbs, and flowers and have sheep, (miniature) donkeys, and ducks.
Looking to get into the fields yourself? Start with u-pick or we-pick berries at Schuh Farms, which grows seven varieties of berries! Visit their farm store and find pies, baked goods, fresh seasonal produce, flower bouquets, canned goods, berry popsicles, amazing fresh fruit shakes, and seasonal ice cream sandwiches. Bowhill Blueberries also offers a u-pick berry experience and makes an unforgettable blueberry ice cream sandwich. Just a mile down the road, stop by Blanchard Mountain Farm for their famous tomatoes and basil. Ready to jump in the fields again? Bee Merry Farm is a small-scale flower farm specializing in dahlias with weekly sunset u-picks open from bloom time to mid-October. For vibrance and color, head to Mossy Gate Flower Farm, a romantic floral garden bursting with sustainable locally grown blooms, Mossy Gate offers DIY buckets and a roadside farmstand. Blackburn Gardens Flower Cart offers farm bouquets and farmer’s choice bulk buckets. Visit the Discovery Garden at the WSU Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center for inspiration and education. Much like ‘The Secret Garden,’ our Discovery Garden contains gardens within gardens and hosts a creative place for learning and life.
Check-in at the Willowbrook Manor Farmstay for a peaceful sleep along the Skagit River and take in the flower, vegetable, and evergreen gardens along with the beautiful field of Chamomile. Willowbrook even offers bicycle tours right from the farm!
Skagit Valley Food Co-op covers a lot of bases whether you’re looking for locally sourced deli meals, ice cream, or car weekend snacks. The Mount Vernon Farmers Market features our local produce and flowers. Waxwing Farm and Boldly Grown Farm offer local produce for something fresh to take home! And speaking of home, if you arrived back home inspired to grow flowers, be sure to explore the online resources at Floret Flowers.