Taste loganberries and pet an alpaca on Whidbey Island
Plump and ruby colored, loganberries hang like little jewelson vines in Greenbank, Washington. At one time the largestloganberry producer in the United States, GreenbankFarm (10-5 daily; 765 Wonn Rd.; 360/678-7700) on Whidbey Islandis still the place to find the uncommon berry, a cross between ablackberry and a raspberry. This year is the farm's centennial,making it a fitting time to celebrate the flavorful fruit.
On the weekend of July 24-25, check out the farm's LoganberryFestival (free), with music, food, wine, and arts and crafts. Ifyou can't make the festival, stop by on any Sunday in mid- to lateJuly to pick your own loganberries for $3 a pint.
Berries aside, there's plenty to do at the farm. Thanks to agrassroots effort to save the area from development in the 1990s,the farm's 522 acres of farmland, forests, marshland, and brick-redbarns remain remarkably pristine. Starting from the cluster ofbuildings in the center of the farm, head toward the corral offluffy alpacas, then up to the grassy ridge for panoramic views.Saratoga Passage and the Cascade Range are visible to the east,Admiralty Inlet and the Olympic Mountains to the west. Continuenorth for a walk along forest trails, through stands of nativesalal, sword ferns, and Douglas fir.
Take a break at the rustic Whidbey Pies Cafe ($; 765 Wonn;360/678-1288) for homemade soups, sandwiches, and buttery-crustedloganberry pies made with Greenbank berries. On sunny days you canpicnic outside by the pond.
Next door to the cafe is the Greenbank Farm Retail Wine Shop& Tasting Bar (360/678-7700), with vintages from more than adozen small Puget Sound Basin wineries ― including the farm'sown loganberry wine. The new fiber mill in the adjacent barn sellssoft, warm alpaca wool, as well as blankets, mittens, sweaters,socks, hats, and scarves made by Whidbey Island fiber artists.
But the best souvenir is an edible one ― whole Whidbeypies are just $15.
To the farm
From I-5 in Seattle, take exit 189 and follow signs to theMukilteo/Clinton Ferry (www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferriesor 206/464-6400). At the dock in Clinton, go north (uphill) onState 525 about 25 miles; turn right on Wonn Rd. For lodginginformation, contact the Central WhidbeyChamber of Commerce (360/678-5434).