In 1963, Steve and Susan Schuh purchased their first 80 acres of Skagit Valley farmland. Over 50 years later, they’ve expanded to 250 acres and now manage Schuh Farms with their children, Jennifer and Andy. Today, the farm includes a store along Memorial Highway that has an espresso stand and a barn with a commercial kitchen. The farm also operates a seasonal berry stand and booths at 12 farmers markets during the summer months.
“My parents didn’t come from a farming family,” says manager Jennifer Schuh. “But they both were raised in the valley and developed a love of farming.”
Almost all of the fresh produce—berries, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, squash, pumpkins, melons, and more—is grown and harvested on their property. They also provide local potatoes from Skagit Valley farmers, and bring over Eastern Washington produce such as asparagus, stone fruits, and peppers.
BAKED GOODS AND FRIENDLY GOATS
The farm also specializes in delicious pies and scones, gooey cinnamon rolls, coconut macaroons, and colossal cookies. A favorite among the Schuh family is the Monster cookie, made with peanut butter, oatmeal, and M&M’s. The farm even boasts its own line of jams, jellies, and syrups, and sells farm-themed housewares, garden herbs, hanging baskets, and freshly cut flowers.
Visitors are encouraged to pay a visit to Sweetie Pie and Cuddles, two goats who love to greet store visitors. Guests can also stop by the large chicken coop, home to a wide variety of chicken breeds—look for Henny Penny, a small Banty hen with feathered feet—all of whom provide fresh eggs for the store. During October, new additions arrive: three little pigs and two Holstein calves. On the weekends, farmers are on hand to chat about the farm animals and dairy production.
FALL AND WINTER ON THE FARM
Fall festivities kick off the first weekend of October for the Skagit County Festival of Family Farms (festivaloffamilyfarms.com), and continue through the end of the month. Families can explore three pumpkin patches and an educational corn maze. On the weekends, visitors also enjoy hayrides, tractor rides, and roasted corn on the cob.
“One of the things I love about working on the farm is that every month is something different,” says Jennifer. “The fall is so colorful with all the winter squashes, gourds, and carrots.”
During November and December there are fresh-cut trees, including flocked trees, as well as holly, wreaths, garlands, gift baskets, and Christmas decorations. The store closes from January to mid-March, but pick-ups can be arranged for pies, canned goods, and farm fresh eggs.
15565 SR 536, Mount Vernon
360.424.6982 | facebook.com/Schuh-Farms
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