second annual Farm Festival & Garden Tour

Pony rides.  Strawberry Smoothies.  Farming demonstrations.  The Saturday before Father’s Day was busy at Front Porch Farm this year!

Our second annual Farm Festival and Garden Tour was the busiest yet, with more than 100 people coming through to see the farm and and tour the garden.

The Summit Spirits 4-H club was on hand to give pony rides–a popular item with the kids!

All our John Deere equipment was shiny clean and on display.  We even had our own personal fly-over courtesy of a pilot friend.

Strawberry smoothies were a favorite “seasonally-inspired” menu item under the white tent where Kristen Six from Lovitt Restaurant created not only smoothies, but strawberry spinach salad with fresh goat cheese and a honey vinaigrette (and a sourdough roll!), and the ever-popular strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits.

The featured farming demonstrations were creating our own potting soil that we make into soil blocks, transplanting soil blocks into the garden, and making raised garden beds with the special attachment we have for our John Deere tractor.

The weather cooperated–but just barely.  It rained for a few minutes, but mostly it was pleasantly overcast and slightly windy, making it neither hot nor cold (strange for the third Saturday in June!).

We so enjoyed getting to visit with many of you in a more leisurely manner than the store and farmer’s markets provide.  And it sounded like you had fun, as well!

As one of you said, “It was so nice, because when I came to your garden, it was like summer, even though it was still spring in my garden.”

Look for more pictures at our Facebook photo album:

Thanks to our ticket vendors: Lovitt Restaurant, Colville Big R, Colville Chamber, and Akers United Drug in Chewelah.