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As you know, here at Bayview Farm and Garden our raison d'être lies in our commitment to sustainable, non-toxic and organic solutions from pet food to party decor. Here are some of the environmentally friendly, sustainable, cause supporting and locally made products that made our list this year. Come in and check them out, plus more. Pick up a ready made gift basket while they last or ask us to help you create your own special basket. These gifts are sure not to disappoint your loved ones.
For Your Friends and Family:
-Handmade market baskets, the perfect alternative to plastic and paper bags from B & B Market Baskets, a fair trade village co-op, made in Ghana
-Bonache Hot Sauce Collection, including Piri Sauce, made in Ballard
-SALT, San Juan Island Sea Salt, locally gathered from our Salish Sea home
-North Whidbey Farm handmade soap, made on Whidbey Island
-Shea Body Butter from Circle Creek Home, made in Arlington (scrumptious!)
-Lavender Wind Farm sachets, spritzes, candles and more, made on Whidbey
-Big Dipper Wax Works candles, made in Seattle
-Chocolate Flower Farm candles and chocolate mint tea, yum... made on Whidbey
-Lopez Island Farm syrups, Apple Cider, Raspberry and Marionberry, made on Lopez Is.
-Gourmondo dressings like Bacon Balsamic?! Ingredients sourced from family owned local, organic farms, these guys started out as a cafe at Pike Place, made in Seattle!
-Local Honey from Hunter's Moon Farm and Round Tuit Farms. Yum!
-Whidbey Island Grown Dry Beans from Willowood Farm
-Chocolate by Chocolopolis, handmade in small batches in Seattle!
-Locally roasted organic coffee beans made especially for you on Whidbey, buy it by the bag in the Flower House Cafe
-Fire Cones fire starters from Art of Soil, made on Whidbey
-Super cute window sill herb gardens "Herbariums," made in Bellingham
-Little Shirleys, mini bud vases, made in Seattle and 10% of proceeds support change-making organizations
For the Kids:
-Harry the Woodpecker's Search for a Home picture book and
-Pacific Northwest Birds coloring book by local Whidbey Island author and illustrator team Joy and Craig Johnson
-Sweet little soft rattle toys from Pebble, handmade in Bangladesh, proceeds bring sustainable and flexible employment to rural and disadvantaged women in Bangladesh
For the Pets:
-Wonder Walker Body Halters, made with a colored back strap so you always put it on right, genius! Made in Seattle
-West Paw Pet Beds, Made in Montana of recycled plastic bottles. Each one says on the tag how many bottles it took to make them.
-Scratch and Peck feeds and supplements, not to mention Happy Hen Treats, all made of non-GMO and organic ingredients in Bellingham, "protecting your animals, your family and your health, because “you are what your animals eat!”"
All of us at Bayview Farm and Garden extend our warm wishes to you for a joyful and peaceful holiday season.
Hi, Rebecca here. I wanted to take a minute to share a personal story with you. I’m new to the Bayview Farm and Garden family and I’m loving it. I get to come into work and be surrounded by nature’s beauty on this 2 ½ acre sanctuary and find out from an amazingly talented group of people what is new in their worlds, from cool plants to trees to organic pet food or what new fresh deliciousness is happening in the café and share that information with y’all.
Before I started working here, I knew about Bayview Farm and Garden but I didn’t know what made it so cool. I love shopping locally and I’m a big fan of meaningful living. I quickly found out that BFG is a family, they care about each other and they care about the community. I also found out that they are absolutely committed to non-toxic and organic solutions and were committed to it long before it was COOL. I also found out that they know their Stuff. I am constantly blown away at the depth of information they provide and how they care to help customers understand their purchases to have a thriving garden, healthy pet or good experience with quality tools and products.
On that note, here is my personal story… I have always, always wanted to have a live Christmas tree. When I was little I remember my parents pointing out the HUGE pine tree in the front yard time and time again, telling us that it was their very first Christmas tree. Why we never did it again, I have no idea.
While I was posting the information on the website about How to Care for Your Live Holiday Tree, I realized that I finally had the information about how to have a live holiday tree and was finally in a place to be able to do it. I have my own family now and this holiday will be the first Christmas that my daughter and I are in our own house, with our own yard. Perfect!
I decided to make it our tradition to come to the Holiday Open House at Bayview, get Santa photos taken and pick out our perfect tree. It happened to have snowed, but we made it in anyway and my daughter had a great time running around in the snow looking at every tree to see which tree might be right for us. I still had a few questions about caring for a live tree and was a little sad that we wouldn’t have the tree inside for as long. So I talked to Brian. He answered all of my questions and told me more about a sweet little tree we were looking at. It was a ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’ Korean Fir, a slow growing tree that doesn’t grow very tall. It has little pine cones that look blueish-purple when they first come out and the underside of the needles have a silvery glow. Awesome! We found our tree. It just happened to be in a gorgeous green pot that went perfectly with it (of course I had to get the pot!).
When we brought it home, I decided to set it on our front porch and put lights on it. It seemed to make up for not having it inside as long as a cut tree as we can enjoy its wonder through the window or when we come home at night. My daughter and I will soon bring it inside for the holiday and decorate it. Before we do, we are going to make another fun day and come back to BFG to pick out a few special ornaments from the huge variety of handmade, off-beat decorations in the Garden Shop or Cafe. What I imagine will be even more rewarding than decorating our little tree is when we plant it together and watch it grow…
Do you have a story you'd like to share with us? Send us an e-mail or post your photos to our facebook page. We'd love to hear about your Bayview Farm and Garden holiday experience.
It’s fun to come to work and hear the buzz on what’s happening. Here's what's new right now: Hellebores are beginning to bloom! I just caught this beautiful bud opening and I can't wait to see more.
Did you know that Hellebores are a sustainable gift? It’s a winter flowering plant that can cheer up your holiday festivities and then be planted in your garden for years of winter beauty to come.
The environmentally conscious and the discerning gardener will appreciate this showy, easy-to-grow, evergreen perennial. With different varieties blooming at different times you can stay in bloom all through the winter. Come in and check out what's new and hot in the greenhouse and under the big white tent. Check out the Bloom Progression Chart or ask Vanessa for suggestions.
Pair this beauty in a gift basket with gardening gloves and tools for a gift that keeps on giving!
COOLNESS FACTORS: These little beauties are DEER RESISTANT and can hold up to a hard freeze.
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