Bow Hill Blueberries
Heading west on Bow Hill Road you’ll see a large, hand-painted sign announcing Bow Hill Blueberries, the oldest family-run blueberry farm in Skagit Valley. Many locals have fond memories of working the harvest in these same fields as young adults. This 8 acre farm was established in 1947 and continues today producing heirloom, organic blueberries.
Pull into the parking lot in high summer and you’ll see locals and tourists alike. Families gather on the picnic tables enjoying their famous Blueberry ice-cream (made by Lopez Island Creamery) sandwiches or half-pints. Also on the ever-expanding menu of blueberry products are their housemade popsicles and creamsicles. After all, isn’t a popsicle the perfect refreshment after a long summer day hiking, biking, or berry picking in the valley?
The Ranz and Matheson clan, a brother and sister duo, bought Bow Hill Blueberries in the winter of 2020. Their long term vision includes upholding the original brand and expanding the product offering. They find that farmer’s markets, both local and in the city, are the perfect way to create brand familiarity and expand existing ideas of what a blueberry can be, beyond muffins!
Emma and Ezra Ranz live on-site in the old farmhouse raising their young children on the bustling farm and taking care of crop management and operations. Ezra’s sister and her husband, Audrey and Andrew, run the branding, communications, social media, and marketing side of the business. Most days you’ll find them busily managing the harvest while chasing one of their adorable toddlers through the staff picnic area. It’s a common site to see the families BBQing with their staff during high season.
In the summer, follow the sunflowers through head high rows of the ripest freshest blueberries for a morning of U-pick fun. The farm store is open year-round. Fall hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 and Sundays 11-5. Don’t leave without treating yourself to a popsicle or a pint of ice cream! Other products include fresh and frozen berries, heirloom pickles, jam, powder, and dried berries.
Official Blueberry of the Seattle Seahawks!
Berry farming has a lot more social cache these days. The team at Bow Hill can boast of their berries being the official Blueberry of the Seattle Seahawks. They deliver the finest frozen ‘Jersey’ berries for the player’s to use in their smoothies at their training facility in Bothell. Organic blueberries are perfect balance of sugar and fiber in order make those game-winning runs and blocks! The team colors of blue and green make a play in this Kale & Blueberry Smoothie.
~ Business Update ~
October 13, 2021 – Fire Damages Bow Hill Blueberries
In the early hours on the morning of Oct. 12, an electrical fire started above the cold storage in the production facility at Bow Hill Blueberries. The fire destroyed practically everything inside the warehouse and farm store, including a picker that was parked out back. While no family members were injured, the lost is significant. The business is temporarily closed. Read the full story on their website here.
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Molly B. Tallon is a writer, mother of three, and amateur farmer living in Bow, Washington. Read more of her work, insights, and humor on life at Room for Cream.