Welcome to Vashon's original organic nursery and farm store. Nestled amidst ten lush acres on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, the Country Store & Farm is a step back to a time when service came with a smile and reputation was everything. For over five decades our family-run store has prided itself on its Northwest know-how and practical quality. We continue to sell products that will nourish your livestock, grow your garden, clothe your family, and stand the test of time.

Visit us on the island and pick your own organically-grown berries or wander the store for name-brand clothing and local specialty products. Can't get to the island? We've hand-selected our favorite products for sale on our website. If you don't find what you are looking for, let us know and we will see what we can do...


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Blueberries

July 24, 2014

Our U-pick blueberries are in abundance right now. Come by and pick enough to eat fresh along with some to enjoy later. Freezing berries is easy and there is no need to thaw them if you use them later in baked products. Freeze the berries without washing (if you wash them before freezing, their skins become tough). To freeze, remove the stems, package tightly in freezer bags or containers, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Seal airtight and freeze. When you remove them from the freezer just rinse in cold water and use immediately. Canning is a bit more involved, but yields berries that can be used just like fresh ones in muffins, pies and cakes. Sort, wash and stem berries before...

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Keeping chickens cool in the heat

July 24, 2014

How are your chickens coping with this hot summer we are having? One idea is to freeze water in two-liter soda bottles and lay the frozen bottles in the run for the girls to lay beside. Feeding them very cold watermelon will bring relief.   If you can relocate the coop, do so under a tree. Hosing down the roof of the coop and areas around the coop will help facilitate evaporative cooling. Since a chicken will eat less feed in the heat, providing laying hens with a ration higher in protein will allow them to eat less overall volume while continuing to meet their daily nutritional needs. Switch from layer feed (16% protein) to grower feed (18-20% protein).

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