Tour de Farm: Visit Farms in Washington’s Skagit Valley

From potatoes to tulips, Skagit Valley farms provide unique opportunities to experience Washington’s best crops.

Verdant Skagit Valley in the northwest corner of the state is known for its famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, abundant bald eagles, and a picturesque patchwork of fertile farmland. Agriculture is the top industry in Skagit County, with local farmers growing more than 90 crops, including berries, cucumbers, potatoes, and a variety of bulbs.

Immerse yourself in the art of farming thanks to a burgeoning crop of Skagit Valley agrotourism opportunities. Buy fresh produce at a local farmers market or farm stand, or explore one of the sites on the Talking Fields self-drive tour from Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland. The tour is designed to show visitors how fields operate throughout the year. Seasonal farm stands open in the spring, usually sometime in May or early June.

In October, the Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms offers visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it takes to run a farm. This free, family friendly event grants access to working farms producing everything from berries and bulbs to cheese, wine, and shellfish.

Visitors on this self-guided tour can expect free samples, kids’ activities, corn and hay mazes, pumpkin patches, animal exhibits, and more. Find bulb-planting seminars at tulip titans RoozenGaarde in Mount Vernon, a u-pick harvest at Bow Hill Blueberries in Bow, and oyster-shucking demos at Taylor Shellfish, also located in Bow along Chuckanut Drive.

For those wishing to get an even closer look at farm life, a handful of farms offer the opportunity to stay on the property.

Learn more about agriculture attractions at Visit Skagit Valley.

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Diane Mapes