About the Farm
Established in 1947, Bow Hill Blueberries is the site of the original Anderson Blueberry Farm and is known as the oldest family-run blueberry farm in the Skagit Valley. With over 4500 high bush blueberries, we have a combination of Blue Crop, Jersey, Rubel and Stanley.
Our passion is for the farming lifestyle, the beauty of the Skagit Valley and the quality and taste of our blueberries. As the second family to own the farm, our goal was to create a vibrant, community oriented You-Pick and We-Pick Farm that provides a safe, fun place for families to enjoy picking and eating blueberries right off the bush. For this reason, we transitioned this historic fields to Certified Organic. What this means is that we only spread Organic composts and have stopped the use of any conventional herbicide and pesticide sprays.
Our harvest is Mid-July though September. During the harvest we are open every day 10am-6pm depending on weather. Check in for you-pick dates. The store offers our own Blueberry Ice Cream made by Lopez Island Creamery, Frozen, Dried, Jam and Pickled Blueberries, Recipe Greeting Cards, Books, T-shirts, Gift Boxes and a few other interesting items. In the off-season we are open weekends or by appointment. Just call or send a text to 206-719-7926 and we’ll let you know if we’re at the farm. We live there so it’s very easy for us to open the store when you’re in the neighborhood.
There is fantastic hiking, biking, birding and a great food and art scene in the area. (Check out our Nearby Page.) We’re on the Bow-Edison Food Trail. Check out the website to see all of our neighbors that offer wonderful fresh farm products. On the site are some recipes you can use to hunt and gather the ingredients from. We also have beautiful recipe cards here on the farm that were hand-painted by our former intern, Mandy Jene Turner. (Check out our Recipe Page for examples.)
As for us personally, Harley is a former Seattle Times photojournalist that continues to specialize in farm photography. His books are available online and in the store. Susan is a former television commercial director. Their daughter, Amelia is a graphic designer in Montreal and does all the farm’s branding and packaging. Their son Wylie, whose hands are featured in the berry painting, works on farm in the summer is a 9th grader at Burlington-Edison.
For 22 years we lived in Kingston, Wa commuting and farming part-time. When Harley took a buy-out from the Times we decided we could be further from the city so bought a perfect piece of bird watching land on the other side of Edison and had been planning to build a small but tall home in the flood plain to sit back and enjoy the view. As things would have it and still with plenty of energy to burn, in June of 2011 we stumbled into the blueberry opportunity and one thing led to another. As we say, we jumped in with both feet, hands, arms, legs, heads and hearts to revive the historic farm that had been so important to the community for over 75 years.
We hear stories all the time about Dorothy and Gus Anderson and how all the kids, who are now the parents of our son’s classmates, used to pick at the farm. We’ve been happy to taking on the challenge of the Bow blueberry legacy and are enjoying the farm immensely.
Thanks for checking in to read our story.
Harley, Susan, Amelia & Wylie