Golden Glen Creamery Featured by Samish River Dairy
Address: 15098 Field Road, Bow, WA 98232
Miles off of I-5: 5.5
Creamery Phone: 360-766-6455
Owners: Steve Hilborn(Dairy), Norma Hill (Creamery)
Farm type: Dairy with Creamery.
Directions: From I-5 take exit #231 (Chuckanut Dr.), north on Chuckanut Dr. 4 mi., cross Samish River. Turn left on Field Rd, 1¼ miles, dairy on left.
Farm premises: 350-cow (Holstein and Guernsey) dairy farm with view of Mt. Baker, Anacortes and Lummi Island. Farmstead cheese, butter, retail store.
~FREE~ Festival activities:
- Tractor rides and tours of the property
- Farm petting zoo
- Artificial cow milking “Squirty Gertie”
- Meet the farmer and cheesemakers (at “learning stations” around the farm)
- Antique tractors and farm equipment
- Face painting
- Meet the Dairy Ambassador
- “Dairied Treasure” Hunt
Free samples: Cheese
Learn while touring these premises: Farm/creamery tours, “The Search for Dairied Treasure”
Retail ($): Cheddars, Goudas, Mozzarella, Feta and cheese curds (a.k.a. “Squeaky Cheese”), specialty cheeses and butter.
Farm history: Golden Glen Creamery started in 2004 by making artisan and farmstead cheese, and is currently operated by the family. In 2006 the Creamery began making butter. In 2011, the farm and creamery were sold to new owners who retained the Family as Managers. With the new partnerships, the farm and creamery have been growing and prospering.
AgFARMation: When Golden Glen Creamery started in 2004, the Cheese-makers in Washington State were few and far between-maybe as many as a dozen or so. In 2011, there were at least 43 licensed Cheese-makers in the state. In 1967 there were over 1,400 dairies operating in Washington State, while today there are fewer than 460.