Genuine Skagit Valley



This episode of Big Blend Radio’s 2nd Tuesday “Food, Wine & Travel” Show with IFWTWA features Blake Vanfield, Executive Director of Genuine Skagit Valley in Washington State. Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on PodBean.  

The Skagit Valley has been supplying the region, state, and world with nearly every crop imaginable since the first commercial harvest of potatoes in 1853. Today, the region cultivates over 80 crops including approximately 95% of the red potatoes grown in the state, along with beet, spinach, and cabbage seed, plus, tulips, daffodils, and iris bulbs, and, cut flowers. Local farms also provide environmental services like climate and flood control, water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, open space, and an enhanced quality of life. Thousands of Trumpeter and Tundra swans, Snow geese, raptors, and other wild birds rely on Skagit farmland.

  • Get a Taste of Skagit Valley - Steph Forrer
    Get a Taste of Skagit Valley - Steph Forrer

With a goal to sustain farming for generations to come, Genuine Skagit Valley supports the growers and producers of the Skagit Valley by promoting the region’s distinctive farm-raised flavors, culture, and heritage. One way they are doing this is through their Farmstand Fresh program that celebrates Skagit’s farm stands every July and August.  It’s a great time to discover the diverse and bountiful crops of the Skagit Valley by exploring its produce stands and farm stores, and perhaps meet the farmer and connect to an exceptional agricultural community while enjoying the scenery that boasts vistas of the San Juan Islands, Olympic Coast Range, and North Cascades.


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