Welcome to Whidbey Farm & Market
Whidbey Farm & Market is a love letter to the community from Shannon Hamilton whose family has lived on Whidbey Island generations. For many years, Shannon had seen the potential of turning unused buildings on the historic VanderVoet dairy Farm on Monroe Landing Road into a vibrant farm market and community space.
It took an extraordinary amount of vision and sheer elbow grease to turn a former cow barn into a warm and inviting space brimming with a wide variety of locally sourced goods - including the farm’s own pasture-raised beef and pork, an espresso stand and the very popular and delicious Lopez Island Creamery ice cream.
Work started on rehabbing the building at the start of the pandemic in 2020. This allowed Shannon to test the waters that fall by opening a “mini market” that sold produce, beef and pork, a few pantry items and fresh fall flower bouquets from Shannon’s own flower field on the property. She also opened a corn maze which ran throughout the month of October.
Based on the success of the market and corn maze, at the end of the Fall season, Shannon closed the market and began a second round of work to build out a more extensive market that would operate 5 days a week from Spring to Christmas. Even though Shannon knows a thing or two about power tools and construction, it took until May 2021 to realize her vision.
Whidbey Farm & Market opened in the second week of May and was quickly embraced by the Whidbey Island community and visitors from further afield.
This past summer saw hamburger cookouts, food trucks and live music on weekends, and the fall brought a full range of family-friendly activities including a giant hay pyramid, a corn maze (open at nights on weekends and populated by zombies on Halloween weekend), hay rides and more.
The number of vendors, whose work is such a critical part of the Market, continues to grow and Shannon is especially proud to offer these hardworking and creative makers and growers a place to sell their work.
Looking ahead, Shannon is truly excited about all that is possible at the Market. She has many plans in her back pocket for building a place that everyone can enjoy over the coming years. She hopes that the Market will be a destination for friends and families to enjoy a slice of farm life in a beautiful setting while supporting local vendors.
If you have a product to sell or an idea for how to make the Market even better, please contact us.
About the farm
The VanderVoet Farm is a 250 acre working farm on Whidbey Island and is a much loved pastoral entryway to Oak Harbor.
The Farm was acquired by Cornelius (Cornie) VanderVoet and his wife, Eva (Evalena Nienhuis) in 1953. They farmed dairy cows and crops and raised four children. They retired from farming after 48 years. Eva loved flowers, gardening, baking and giving away her famous loganberry pies, cooking, being with family and especially her grandchildren. Cornie died in 2004. at Whidbey General Hospital, at the age of 88. Evalena preceded him in death in 2002.
Cornie’s father, Dirk VanderVoet (B. Feb 14, 1886) immigrated to Whidbey Island from his native Netherlands sometime between 1900 and 1912 and married Elsie, a Whidbey Islander, with whom he had four children. The VanderVoet’s were a farming family, specializing in dairy and other crops.
Whidbey Farm & Market is a passion project for us. We are committed to curating a selection of products from local vendors who are committed to creating sustainable and ethically sourced goods. Our goal is also to provide farm-fresh produce and humanely raised, pasture-raised beef and pork that are nourishing for you and your family, and good for the planet too!
When you shop our market, you help support our local economy, keeping money within our towns and communities.
Don't just shop, become part of our community. We are creating a space for you to mix and mingle.
Spend the afternoon with us and enjoy our ever-changing roster of family-friendly activities
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