Growing agrotourism in Skagit County requires planning and nurturing


April 12, 2022

SELFIE-LANE FOR WHAT ELSE, BUT... - Tulips are in full bloom and tourists are swarming to the Skagit Valley. This is a field at Roozengaarde's the morning of April 6. Our photographer reported this as '"the" spot where everyone stopped to take pictures. -Photo by Nancy Crowell

Drive the roads surrounding La Conner, and you’ll see, depending on the season, everything from brussels sprouts and fava beans to berries, wheat and barley.

You’ll also find half a dozen farm stands and farm stores, at least two wedding venues, and four of the county’s largest “seasonal events:” Tulip Town and Roozengaarde in the spring, the Gordon Skagit and Schuh Farm Stands, U-Pick and traditional autumn activities in the fall.

Whether and how to define and develop rules for these “agritourism” activities is something that Skagit County is exploring, with input from many...

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