The First Annual Kitsap Farm Tour is this Sunday, August 13th, 2023 from 10am – 4pm!

The first annual Kitsap Farm Tour is a wonderful opportunity for the public to visit multiple farms across Kitsap County in a one-day self-guided tour. The tour is an initiative of the Kitsap Agritourism Coalition, a group of dedicated farmers working together to promote agritourism in Kitsap County. The free event is supported by WSU Kitsap Extension, State of Washington Tourism and Visit Kitsap Peninsula.

Kitsap Farm Tour 2023 bannerEach farm on the tour will host a variety of events that include farm stands, tours, animal experiences, kids’ games and activities as well as partnerships with other local farms who will be on-site. See below for a full list of farms, activities and partnerships.

The Kitsap Agritourism Coalition (KAC) was formed in early 2022 by a group of farmers who wanted to network, share resources, and assist each other in collective promotion of their agritourism activities. The group works with the Food Systems Program Coordinator, Jess Sappington, from WSU Extension Regional Small Farms program to help administer the groups meetings, needs and vision. There are approximately 25 farms taking part in KAC, with farmers across multiple specialties including u-pick flowers, farm stays, event/wedding venues, cidery, goat yoga, farm tours, farmstands, and more. Farms in our area provide day trip opportunities, one-time class and learning options, therapeutic visits, as well as overnight and extended stays. Many of our farms also provide low cost and no cost options for allowing families to visit and have an on-farm experience otherwise unattainable to them.

Kitsap Farm Tour 2023 posterAs Jess Sappington explained, “Agritourism is an economic driver providing additional sources of revenue for farms, often allowing a family to keep farming. Farm-based activities have widespread impact on economic and community development. Dollars from agritourism activities benefit not only the farmers, but also businesses providing other goods and services throughout the community. It is the hopes of the group that a more formal collaboration amongst farms will draw even more visitors every year to the area, keeping more dollars within the local farming community and businesses, while providing memorable experiences that Kitsap Farms have to offer.”

Although they are not participating this year, Michele Muffoletto, co-owner of The Wanderers’ Nest Farm here on Bainbridge Island shared this with us, “We joined the Kitsap Agritourism Coalition (KAC) in September 2022 and immediately felt welcomed. The beauty of the group is that we all bring something different to the table in how and what we farm, but our common goal is to genuinely connect and support each other while also thinking of ways to share our way of life with the community through Agritourism. Even though the group is fairly young, the momentum and motivation is there to educate and promote the importance of farming in Kitsap. As a coalition, we’ve worked to create an Agritourism website with wonderful partners at Visit Kitsap (https://www.visitkitsap.com/agritourism) and Eat Local First (https://eatlocalfirst.org/wa-food-farm-finder/) and a lot of work went into planning the 1st Annual Kitsap Farm Tour with partners at WSU Kitsap Extension, State of Washington Tourism, and Visit Kitsap Peninsula.”

Michele also noted, that as a local farmer, being a member of such a supportive community has been an honor and she encourages the public to connect with our local farmers and farms, “…meet the animals, see the land, and learn and understand the process it takes to grow food and other farm products. The Kitsap Farm Tour is a great way to do that!”

2023 HOST FARM SITES

THE SMITHSHYRE is a 5-acre homestead offering farm tours, baby goat playtime sessions and Kitsap Goat Yoga. The Shyre offers education for new and beginning farmers looking to start their own urban homestead as well as educating the public about the importance of farming. They are located at 22119 Foss Rd NE, Poulsbo, WA. Visit their website here: www.thesmithshyre.com

Activities for the day:
-Baby Goat Playtime
-Animal Experiences: viewing of turkeys & chickens, interactions with sheep and lambs
-Fiber demonstration
-Onsite Farm Stand
-Tours of greenhouse, 1/4-acre market garden and permaculture / orchards

Partners on site for event:
-Willow Bridge Creamery – Poulsbo’s own raw milk dairy. Offering Grade-A Raw Cow milk in gallon and half gallon bottles.
-Dusk to Dawn Farm – Fiber products
-Wine & Wooley Design – fiber activity and products
-4H Livestock Group – 4H livestock project information
-Kitsap Fresh info booth – providing info on how to purchase hyper local food in Kitsap County.
-Walker Meadows Farm – GMO-free, pastured eggs, meat & vegetables

WINNEY FARM (formerly Heyday Farm Store) was created by the Winney Family on this site in the 1940s and were a big provider for the community. They now honor the roots of this 20-acre farm with their name and provide beef, pork, chicken, eggs, lamb, pumpkins and more through farmers markets, CSA and their self-serve farm store open to the public daily. They are located at 5145 McDonald Ave, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Activities for the day:
-Onsite farm store / farm products
-Animal Experiences: Lamb/sheep area, pig area, chicken viewing
-Kids games & activities
-Food options: Hamburgers and Beef dogs, chips, soda, water
-On site Beehive observation, education, and honey sales!

Partners on site for event:
BLUETREE Farm and Forest – Bainbridge Island’s only lavender farm will be on site with lavender cotton candy!

“We are honored to be part of the first annual Kitsap farm tour. We are excited for the community to become more aware and involved in supporting local farms,” says Penny Daniels of Winney Farm. “Farming was once such an integral part of community that is slowly disappearing. Come and see what a valuable community service your local farms are!”

FARM KITCHEN is about local, sustainable farmland preservation. With a community-centered commercial kitchen, private event venue, and working produce and flower farm, Farm Kitchen inspires connectedness to land and agriculture through experiences made for everyone. Come mosey through the vegetable and flower fields and take part in their scavenger hunt and bring home a few farm-fresh goodies! They are located at 24309 Port Gamble Rd NE, Poulsbo. Visit their website here: www.farmkitchen.com

Activities for the day:
-Kids activities – including a fun family scavenger hunt!
-Self-guided farm path/walking tours
-Flower viewing and sales

Partners on site for event:
-Wokcraft – providing Hot food items for sale, using locally sourced ingredients when able.
-Beverly Blooms – Farmer and florist

Kitsap Farm Tour 2023 logosBEAVER BEND FARM / BUSHEL AND BARREL CIDERHOUSE are run in conjunction with each other, promoting agritourism along with craft ciders. Beaver Bend Farm hosts Scottish Highland Cattle, Kune Kune pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, alpacas, donkeys, sheep, and an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables. They are located at 201 NW Beaver Ridge, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Follow them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/beaverbendfarm

Activities for the day:
-Animal Interactions/petting zoo: goats, baby pigs, rabbits
-Animal viewing/feeding areas: goats, sheep, Scottish Highland cow, alpacas, mini donkeys.
-Farm product booth
-Cider-making Info Station
-Animal Husbandry Info Station
-On site cider house with local cider offerings / snack items
-Live Music! (featuring Tugboat and Davids Lion)

Partners on site for event:
-Roots Farm will be on site with a booth full of their farm fresh goodies and Urban Gnomestead info and products!
-Ginger Florals – flower sales!

PHEASANT FIELDS FARM is a family farm owned by the Johanson family. Originally it was part of a 640-acre John Holmes homestead that Peder Peterson, a logger by trade, purchased 20 acres in 1885. His nephew Conrad Peterson developed the farm into an egg ranch in the early 1900′s. Nikki Johanson’s family purchased the farm in 1949. Since that time, the farm has become more diversified, and in recent years they’ve added other livestock, vegetable production and agritourism. They are located at 13274 Clear Creek Rd NW, Silverdale, WA. You can visit their website here: www.pheasantfields.com

Activities for the day:
-Onsite farm store/ gift shop will be open to the public
-Animal Experiences: Goats, ducks, chickens
-Kids activities
-Corn maze: Preliminary viewing and possibly walking the paths will be allowed

Partners on site for event:
-WildWise School – providing info on programs and offerings

COURTER COUNTRY FARM is an organic flower farm and event venue, offering a getaway in one of their AirBnb’s to relax and recharge in nature while being minutes from town. This farm has a lot to see, including animal experiences, onsite play area and more! They are located at 12000 Courter Ln NW, Poulsbo, WA. Visit their website here: www.courtercountryfarm.com

Activities for the day:
-Onsite farm store / farm products
-Flower bar (build your own farm fresh flower bouquets!)
-Animal Experiences: Goats, chickens, rabbits, alpacas
-Kids play area
-Flower garden path/tour

Partners on site for the event:
-Bard Owl Farm – Bringing fleece and felting activity

RED ROOF RANCH is a woman owned farm specializing in lavender, cut flowers, events and on farm experiences. Come enjoy the view from their relaxing gazebos and event spaces and see what they have to offer. They are located at 2766 Mountain View Road East, Port Orchard. Visit them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/redroofranch/

Activities for the day:
-Onsite food / snacks
-Self-Guided Farm Tour
-U Pick Lavender
-FREE Family Photo Opportunity
-Animal Experiences
-Hayride in the Old Covered Wagon
-Farm Crafts
-Farm Games

Partners on site for event:
-Moss & Madder Farm – bringing flowers for build your own bouquet options!
-Leets Local Lettuce – greens & produce sales

OLALLA VINEYARD AND WINERY is a unique destination vineyard and winery that encourages and promotes agricultural tourism through a unique wine tasting experience in a naturally beautiful country setting. Olalla Vineyard currently has 2.5 acres of vineyard under management. All grapes grown on the estate are processed on the property. They offer tasting room and wine sales, wine club, tours of the vineyard and winery, live music events, business meeting, wedding, and special occasion space, Dinner in the Vineyard and more. They are located at 13176 Olalla Valley Road SE, Olalla, WA 98359. Visit their website here: https://www.olallawines.com/

Activities for the day:
-Wine Tasting and Wine Sales
-Live Music
-Hot Food Vendor – LeGarmache Catering offering their pizza.

Partners on-site for the day:
Olalla Blooms Flower Farm
EB Daniels Farm & Garden

To download the Farm Tour map, click here.

The event is FREE to the public with a suggested donation of $10 per family/car. All donations go directly towards helping the Kitsap Agritourism Coalition of farmers continue to grow and improve the event for future years.

*Images and information provided by Kitsap Agritourism Coalition and WSU Extension Regional Small Farms Program

If you’d like to learn more about our local Bainbridge Island farms, visit our previous articles: The Wanderers’ Nest Farm – A Nature-based Therapeutic Farm,  Chateau Poulet – Backyard Farming at its Best!,  Wardwell Farm – Nature and Garden Inspired Education Through Creativity, Friends of the Farms – Commitment to Farmland Protection and Creating a Locally Focused Food SystemJohnson FarmSuyematsu-Bentryn FarmMorales Farm, the Bainbridge Island Native Food Forest, and Finding Fresh Bainbridge.

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