Jeannette DeGoede tells inside story of Tulip Town


April 26, 2023

Very few people give up a desk job to work in the tulip fields – but Jeannette DeGoede did.

“I was sporting goods managers at Ernst Hardware in Mount Vernon,” she remembers. “Leaving a nice warm store and coming out to a cold field with no one to chat with was a drastic change, but I grew into really loving it.”

In her new book, “Tulip Town Remembered,” Jeannette tells the story behind the beloved institution that she and her late husband Tom DeGoede created.

She spent eight months writing, encouraged by fellow writers in Claire Swedberg’s creative nonfiction class at the La Conner senior cent...

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