Bow Hill Blueberries
Address: 15628 Bow Hill Rd, Bow, WA 98232
Miles off of I-5: 7 or 3 depending if your coming from the South or North
Phone: (360) 399-1006
Owners: Harley & Susan Soltes
Farm type: Organic Heirloom Blueberries & Blueberry Products Farm Store, U-pick and We-pick.
From I-5 North – Take exit 231 (Bow-Edison, Chuckanut Drive/Hwy 11). Cross over the freeway heading north on Hwy 11. Go approx 6.5 miles and turn right on Bow Hill Road. We are .8 mile on the right side. Look for the big RED BARN and farm store.
From I-5 South – Take exit 236 (Bow Hill Road). Turn right and head west down Bow Hill Road for 2.9 miles. You will see blueberry fields on both sides of the road. Keep going about 200 yards and you’ll see a big RED BARN and farm store on your left.
Farm premises: Bow Hill is the oldest blueberry farm in Skagit Valley. The 70 year old heirloom fields are open you-pick July-Sept. Depending on the season, there may be some berries left for gleaning during the festival. The farm store carries organic fresh hand picked blueberries during the harvest and frozen blueberries, jam, sauces, dried blueberries and pickled blueberries that are all crafted on the farm all year round. Blueberry Ice cream made by Lopez Island Creamery, Blueberry Bon Bons by Evolve Chocolates in Bellingham and various gift items are also available. We offer tours, harvest dinners and our retired “Mink House” is available for gatherings. Bow Hill Blueberries is also one of the aggregation sites for the Puget Sound Food Hub.
- Meet the Farmer Session
- Educational Displays
- Farm tours
- Puget Sound Food Hub tour
- Kids activities and berry wagon ride
- Pruning workshops Saturday 11am
- Bee workshop Sunday 11am
- Blueberry products being made on-site
- Tasting of Bow Hill’s organic products
- Music by Pete Irving Saturday 1-6, Sunday 1-4pm
Learn while touring these premises:
- What it took to transition the historic farm to certified organic.
- What it takes to farm organically.
- How Bow Hill Blueberries create their organic products.
- What the difference is between heirloom and modern blueberry varieties.
- What organic farmers need to juggle to be successful.
Food ($): Kurly’s organic gluten free funnel cake cart will be offering from 10-6. Fresh blueberry lavender Ice Cream Sandwiches while they last.
- Pickled Blueberries
- Dried Blueberries
- Raw Blueberry Juice
Retail ($): $4 – $15 items
Farm history: In 1947 by Svern and Ann Anderson bought the blueberry bushes that still exist on the farm from a traveling salesman from Michigan. The Anderson family had tried raising mink, growing and drying golden seal and farming strawberries before settling on blueberries. In 2011 Harley and Susan Soltes purchased the farm from the Andersons and immediately began transitioning the historic fields to Certified Organic. To this day they hear stories from elderly locals who fondly remember picking in the fields. For many, picking blueberries was their first job. The Soltes’s goal is to continue the Bow blueberry legacy by continuing to create harvest memories and deep connections to farm-fresh food.
AgFARMation: Blueberries and blueberry products are sold direct off the farm, online and at the Bellingham and Pike Place Farmer’s Markets. They can also be found in the cafeterias of Amazon, Microsoft; the smoothie bar of the Seattle Seahawks; and at regional Co-ops, Haggen Foods, PCC, Whole Foods, Metropolitan Market, Marx Foods, Cone & Steiner, and Slough Foods.