I had the pleasure of taking a tour of Willie Greens Organic Farm a few weeks ago. I found out about it through a Facebook post by Whole Foods Market - West Lake. I follow several of the Whole Foods' Facebook accounts because they all seem to have fun things going on all the time for the community. This particular event was hard to pass up since it's not far from my House. It was only a 15 minute drive to the farm for us. Not quite so close for those coming from Seattle but they were kind enough to offer a shuttle to the farm from Seattle. Not only was there a farm tour but lunch was also provided, courtesy of Chef Hayden Smissen. A farm tour and lunch for a mear $15 donation to The Whole Kids Foundation was a great deal. Those taking the shuttle paid a bit more.
We started the tour off with the owner, Jeff Miller. He told us about how the farm started in 1987 on a small plot of leased land in Woodinville. They provided a few local restaurants with fresh greens. They have grown a lot since then. Today they have 55 acres in Monroe and are working with Whole Foods to increase their production. They are also working with Cedar Grove to test out various compost to see what kind of affect the various composts have on the veggies.
They also have a CSA where you can pick up a box of their fresh veggies weekly at the farm or at one of their delivery locations. If I wasn't already in a CSA with Full Circle I would consider joining this one.
Lunch was pretty awesome. We started by being served a curried spinach and mushroom bisque with hazelnut gremolata. We then served ourselves a plate of lacinato kale salad with pumpkin dijon dressing & shaved root vegetables and roasted beet and ricotta ravioli tossed with an herbed acorn squash butter sauce. And there was plenty of leftovers for people to go up for seconds.
After lunch we were offered a small box of their fresh greens. It was such a great day, we decided to stop by another farm before heading home. We drove over to Carnation to visit Jubilee Farm's pumpkin patch and go on a hay ride.
Below are a few pics that were taken at the two farms. Additional pics can be found on my Flickr sets: Willie Greens Farm Set & Jubilee Farm Set
Author: Paula Thomas