A great joy and must-have experience on the Olympic Peninsula is a visit to the local farms. One the Inn’s most popular packages is the “Farm Tour” package where guests take self-guided tours of the Chimacum Valley Farms and are provided with “farm dollars” to purchase fresh ingredients. When the guests return to the Inn, a multi-course meal is prepared by our Chef using the chosen ingredients.
Some of our favorite self-guided farm tours include SpringRain Farm & Orchard, Red Dog Farm Stand, Mystery Bay Farm, and Finnriver Farm & Cidery. And coming this September is the 14th Annual Jefferson County Farm Tour, where you can explore approximately 20 different farms throughout the peninsula.
A new addition to the Finnriver experience is a guided farm tour, “The Man Who Thought He was a Bee”, based off of the real life Johnny Appleseed. A few of my co-workers and I, had the chance to take the tour and it was interesting, fun, and informative. During the tour with actor and guide, Ken Mann, you have the chance to learn more about the history and science behind the apple and the real life man who inspired the legend of Johnny Appleseed.
Throughout the tour, you have the opportunity to meander through the apple orchard, discover differences between the apple varieties, learn about the history of cider, and learn about the history of the farm as well as the history of the Chimacum Valley & its indigenous peoples. The tour is approximately an hour and well worth the time. Ken is a wonderful guide who provides history with humor and it is clear he has well-researched the project and thoroughly enjoys what he does.
By the end of the tour you’ll know the differences between Brown Snout apples versus Golden Russet apples, how and why Finnriver keeps their trees at a certain height, and a lot more about the legend of Johnny Appleseed. Once you finish the tour, head back to the tasting room to taste the delicious fruit you just learned so much about. It is an experience not to be missed.
Johnny Appleseed Tours are available on Saturdays, but can be booked for private groups on additional days. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: Kaitlin Chester