Orcas Island Food, Farms & Artisan Producers
Orcas Island has a long history of agriculture, from the strawberry packing plant built in the 1930s (now Olga Artworks), to present-day farms that supply produce for island restaurants, there is a lot to learn, see and do on this agricultural island.
Orcas Island Farmers Market
You can’t miss the Farmers’ Market on the Village Green in the heart of Eastsound, where everything for sale is grown or crafted by Orcas farmers and artisans - produce (much of it organic), crafts, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, food - along with drink vendors and booths run by service organizations like the historical museum and master gardeners. Leashed dogs are welcome. The market is open on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., May through September. It moves indoors During October and through most of November, it moves indoors to the Odd Fellows Hall from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Doe Bay Resort & Retreat
At Doe Bay, farm-to-table is a way of life. Before a delicious dinner at the Doe Bay Café, visit the one-acre onsite organic garden where World Workers on Organic Farms (WOOFers) practice a sustainable approach to growing fresh produce. Visit the Doe Bay booth at the Farmers Market on Saturdays and the Doe Bay Store farm stand for fresh flowers and vegetables, and house-made chocolates flavored with garden herbs and fruits, or participate in one of their many events, such as the Doe Bay Wine Festival in June.
Pebble Cove Farm
At Pebble Cove Farm near Deer Harbor, getting to know the farm animals is part of the fun. You can visit the chickens and buy fresh eggs, pet the goats, or feed the farm’s pony, “Buddy” an apple. Barbecuing local oysters right on the beach or picking vegetables from the organic garden give you the farm experience, while enjoying well-appointed accommodations in one of the farms charming cabins, all with 180-degree views of the waterfront.