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Festival of Family Farms, Taylor Shellfish Farms
October 5 @ 10:00 am - October 6 @ 4:00 pm
Farm premises: 1700 acres of shellfish beds in the tidelands of Samish Bay, with a retail store and shore side picnic & BBQ area on scenic Chuckanut Drive.
~FREE~ Festival activities:
- Meet shellfish farmers
- Educational Exhibits
- Oyster shucking demonstrations
- Shellfish trivia
- Build a fairy house on the beach
- See the world’s only lighthouse made of oyster shells
- Kid’s beach
Learn while touring these premises: Information provided about shellfish farming and clean water awareness. Meet shellfish farmers and see photos and educational displays by Taylor Shellfish Farms, Skagit Conservation Education Alliance (SCEA), Skagit Conservation District and Skagit Valley Backyard Habitat Team.
Free samples: Steamed Manila clams
Retail ($): Fresh oysters (live, shucked and smoked), manila clams, mussels, geoduck, Dungeness crab (live or cooked); frozen scallops, prawns, salmon, halibut, smoked salmon & pickled herring. Cookbooks, aprons, sweatshirts and more!
Farm history: Prior to its purchase in 1991 by the Taylor family, this farm started growing oysters in 1921. Now run by the fourth generation of the family, the Taylors began farming shellfish in southern Puget Sound in 1890.
AgFARMation: One adult Pacific Oyster can filter as much as 65 gallons of water per day.
Address: 2182 Chuckanut Drive, Bow, WA 98232
Miles off of I-5: Approximately ten
Owners: The Taylor family of Shelton, WA
From I-5 take exit #231. Go northwest on Chuckanut Drive (Hwy 11) for 10 miles to the Oyster Creek Inn. From Bellingham take exit #250. Go south on Chuckanut Drive 9.5 miles. The farm’s entrance is in the corner of the restaurant parking lot. Drive under the sign, across the bridge and down the hill. Please use caution: one lane road and railroad crossing.