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FARMERS | Hopewell Farm

Some of the sweetest carrots you’ve ever tasted? Yes, please!

Hopewell Farm’s owner, Pete Dykstra, started farming in 1982 after starting out as an electrician. We’re sure he would have made a fine electrician, but given the amazing broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, onions, leeks, brussels sprouts, sweet corn, pumpkins, squash, beets, blueberries, and carrots (mentioned above)—we’re mighty thankful he turned his attention to organic farming.

Located in rural Whatcom County, Washington, this Everson farm sits just minutes away from the Canadian border. Its fields and pastures are a short hop away from the ocean, Mt. Baker, and we assume Canadian mounties trotting in the distance. But what really makes it such an idyllic place is the lushness of the earth, the seasonal crops, and the certified organic dairy cows on the property.

Pete represents a new generation of farming for his family. His father and grandfather farmed before him, and Pete’s children, Dorene and Pete, are ushering in yet another generation. What changed over the years, though, was the organic approach. Pete saw the opportunity to grow high-quality produce through organic farming, a demand that was gaining more traction every year shortly before the turn of the century. He embraced the idea, and in 1997, the farm received its organic certification from the Washington Department of Agriculture. Despite the shift in farming practices, the dairy and farmhouse built by Pete’s father, Jim Dykstra, still stand as integral structures for the farm.

We’re big fans of Hopewell Farm and we’re “hoping” to bring you more from this wonderful northern farm in the shadow of the Canadian Cascades!

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