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Agriculture

With 140 miles of marine shoreline and over 100,000 acres of highly productive farmland, Bellingham and Whatcom County are a fresh-food haven deliciously located between the Salish Sea and snow-capped Mount Baker.

Farm production in Whatcom County ranks in the top three percent of all counties in the United States. Whatcom County even raises the largest per capita crop of red raspberries in the world! During the summer, all berries reign supreme, with 7,000 acres of land also producing crops of blueberries.

All of this abundance feeds directly into the thriving farmers markets that happen in various locations from Downtown Bellingham to farther north in Blaine. Events honoring the agriculture community happen yearly as well, offering the chance for all to explore local farms and enjoy an annual festival celebrating raspberries. 

Explore even more about this local way of life, including Eat Local First! Find delicious fare from local farms, fisheries, eateries, markets and more with Eat Local First resources like the Food and Farm Finder.

We are curating different themed experiences that serve as a free guide to discover everything Whatcom County has to offer. 

Eat at farm to table restaurants, explore different waterfront destinations, shop at local businesses, ignite your imagination while touring museums and admiring murals, plus so much more!

Check in at participating locations to earn points that can be used for locally inspired prizes. 

Start Your Adventure!
  • Bellingham Farmers Market
    • Locally grown and handmade products from Whatcom County are available at the Bellingham Farmers Market on Saturdays in Downtown Bellingham. Open April-December, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., the market switches to operate monthly January-March. Check their website for more information.
  • Bellingham Dockside Market
    • Purchase seafood right from local fishermen in Squalicum Harbor! Markets typically take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Find all details here.
  • Blaine's Market By The Sea
    • This open-air market in Downtown Blaine, Washington is located on G Street Plaza and features a mix of local produce, baked goods, and handmade products. Open Saturdays (May-early October), 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Ferndale Farmers Market
    • Farmers and other community members are bringing their local goods to Ferndale on Fridays! Open June-early October, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Read more details on their website.
  • Lynden Farmers Market
    • Located on the corner of 4th and Grover St. in Lynden, Washington. Open Saturdays (June-September) from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Home Farm U-Pick & Events
    • Located two miles from Birch Bay, you can shop at Home Farm's farm stand April-October. They also open their farm in the summer/fall and offer u-pick berries, fields of sunflowers, sweet corn, and pumpkin picking.

Get a feel for our wonderful agricultural events, and then check our event calendar to see what is coming up during your visit!

July is National Raspberry Month and at the peak of the summer harvest season Lynden, Washington hosts the Northwest Raspberry Festival, filled with delicious family-friendly fun! 

Savor fresh raspberry sundaes on locally-produced ice cream, listen to live jazz, and sidewalk shop in downtown Lynden. Kids activities include inflatable games, face painting, a Rookies 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and Very Berry Storytime at the Lynden Library. Also look out for a Raspberry pancake breakfast at the Lynden Community Center, followed by the Razz & Shine car show.

The Lynden Farmers Day Parade has been bringing the residents of the Lynden community and surrounding areas together to celebrate Lynden’s agriculture and history for the last 100 years. 

This is a parade that showcases farm equipment of the past, present and future, along with decorated floats, marching bands, kids and kids-at-heart on bikes, Scout Troops, 4-H Clubs, cars, trucks and sometimes even boats! Who knows what (or who) will show up at the family-oriented, free-to-attend event!

Every year in September, Sustainable Connections organizes the Whatcom County Farm Tour, which involves a dozen farms around the area opening their doors to the public. 

The farm tour is a festive day of fresh flavors and local food explorations. See the bounty of Whatcom County on this FREE, family friendly self-guided tour. Enjoy leisurely strolls through fields and orchards, exciting interactive activities, and the chance to discover the roots of abundant food grown in Northwest Washington. Choose a favorite few stops or be ambitious and hit them all.

The Whatcom Farm Expo is a free annual event hosted by the Whatcom Conservation District and Whatcom County Public Works. 

Learn about all the resources available to you, from local organizations to businesses and community groups. Sign up for the expo's E-News to stay up to date and get announcements for the next Whatcom Farm Expo and other events!

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        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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