Our Farming Friends

When Blue Cottage Jams was no more than a neat idea, we spent many hours debating where we would acquire our fruit and how we would support our state’s amazing farming community. We started with a great farm who we had been buying fruit from for years, McPhail’s Berry Farm in Lynden, and from there we have grown to working with more than dozen farms from around the state. We firmly believe in giving our friends a fair price for their fruit, because without their amazing work, we would not be able to make such fresh tasting spreads.

Below is a list of most of the farmers who we worked with last year. Thank you to all of them for their time, effort, and farm fresh fruits.

   
Bill’s FruitsYakima Bill and his wonderful family bring wonderfully fresh fruits from the Yakima Valley. Beginning early in the season, Bill has tasty Sonata and Rainier Cherries for our jams. Tomcot Apricots are next, then amazing freestone peaches and more apricots! Found at too many markets to mention, but including, Kirkland, Edmonds, Woodinville and Lake Forest Park! Come by for a taste!
Duris FarmPuyallup A lovely family farm in Puyallup, they provide me with the best Loganberries in the state! Not sprayed and full of amazing flavor! You can find Becky at Issaquah Saturday and Lake Forest Park Sunday Market!
Ennis FarmEast Wenatchee Another small family farm, we found them at Issaquah Saturday Market. Featuring a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, we love their plums and Bartlett pears! Thank you Pam for all the great fruit!
Family Pepper and ProduceWapato If you have been to Kirkland, Crossroads, or Lake Forest Parks Market, you have probably talked to Pedro or his sons. Known for his peppers, he also grows great pears and Concord Grapes!
Haas FarmWapato We ran into Haas Farm at Redmond Saturday Market and discovered amazing Concord Grapes and many other delicious fruits.
Harvold FarmCarnation A simple U-Pick Farm with the best Strawberries and Raspberries around. Our whole family takes turns going out to pick as many as we can every summer. A great time and a great price. Come on out and join the fun.
Hayton FarmMount Vernon Great berries from Mount Vernon. Everything from Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and Blueberries, they grow big delicious fruits. We enjoy the blueberries the best for our syrups! Visit with them at many local markets, including Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Issaquah, and more!
Jones Creek FarmsLyman Our favorite Apple grower! Thank you Les for the juicy and flavorful Gravensteins, Bostocks, King, and so many other different tasty varieties. Ususally the earliest Italian Plums come from here, and hopefully next year Gooseberries will too! Visit with Les at Kirkland or Redmond Markets – ask him anything about apples and listen to the great tales.
Martin Family OrchardOrondo/Cashmere Without the Martin Family Orchard, I would not be able to make Bing Cherry jam. Kurt and Terry are at many local markets, including Pike’s Place, Kirkland, Edmonds, and many others! After the cherries, there are always apricots, peaches and pears to jam.
McPhails Berry FarmLynden Specializing in many of the more unique berries grown here in Washington, Marty McPhail, his son Todd and their family have been bringing a delicious variety of fruits to eastside markets for years. We were lucky enough to run into Marty several years ago at Redmond Saturday Market, where we re-discovered Gooseberries and Currants! Since then he has introduced us to his fabulous Tayberries, and other berries for which we are extremely grateful! Come meet them at Redmond, Kirkland, Columbia City or one of their other markets!
Minea FarmRedmond A wonderful find here in Redmond. Minea Farm is owned and operated by Lee and Vanda Minea. Their specialty is cider made on the premises on a 100 yr. old press. They also have quite a nice orchard featuring Montmorency Cherries, Plums, Quinces and of course Apples.
Orondo Cider Works – Orondo If you are ever north of Wenatchee or south of Lake Chelan, try and stop in a lovely Cider shop run by Sharon and Chuck. Makers of fine cider, they also grow a variety of fruits, we enjoyed their strawberries in our syrups and jams. Also, while you are there, pick up some of their jams, for they are made in our kitchens with their fruit as well as fruit from these other fine farmers.
Remlinger Farm Carnation A great find in Carnation. Remlinger Farm combines a extensive farm store, a lovely amusement park, and U-Pick fields for the family to enjoy. Come by throughout the summer and enjoy the relaxing environment and the great food from the Remlinger Kitchen.
Sidhu FarmsPuyallup A fine family of farmers who you can meet at many markets throughout Seattle, Tacoma and the eastside. The Sidhu’s specialize in Organic Blueberries and a great variety of no-spray berries as well. We have enjoyed cooking with their raspberries, marionberries, rhubarb, and of course their blueberries.
Tonnemakers FarmRoyal City Located just north of Orondo, this charming farm and farm stand on the banks of Lake Chelan, offers a wonderful spot to spend an afternoon. Specializing in U-Pick Montmorency Cherries and various other fruits including Tomcot Apricots and Blackberries, spend the afternoon sampling the delights of the region.
Youngquist Farm – Mount Vernon Easy to find at a wide variety of markets on the east side and further north, Youngquist Farm brings fresh berries to the market every week. We love to jam their raspberries and blueberries.