By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club PR.
“It was a dark and stormy night.” Well not really, but it was an inclement Tuesday morning when a dozen intrepid Garden Club members headed to Mount Vernon for a pre-Halloween visit to Gordon’s Skagit Farms.
On the drive up, some wondered, “What lurks at the farm—ghosts, bats, witches and gore?” Oh my! Dressed for the weather, these hearty souls steered through heavy rain and strong winds; but as they neared their destination, the clouds parted and blue sky reigned supreme. It was a perfect Northwest afternoon with no bats yet in sight.
A quick reassuring glance around the countryside showed nothing spooky, just a colorful homage to fall with pumpkins, squashes and gourds of all colors, shapes and sizes artfully placed as far as the eye could see.
It was the perfect photo-op destination and the group left everything eerie to the younger crowd. Garden Club was there to enjoy the last fruits of the season, fall-colored foliage and friendly people. Whew!
As the ladies entered the farmyard, many members were drawn to a large chalkboard where there was written a tempting recipe for Gordon’s Pumpkin Soup. This recipe features “Winter Luxury Pumpkins” (for sale of course), German Hofbrau beer and Kerry Gold Dubliner Cheddar; just add some butter, onions, vegetable stock, spices and cream for a hearty soup.
A savvy garden club member photographed the recipe and purchased the appropriate pumpkin to give to a friend—one who loves to cook. That smart lady is no doubt hoping for a dinner invitation soon.
The group was given a guided tour, visiting a shed or more appropriately, the creative workspace, where dried wreaths and arrangements were made and sold along with ideas galore for displaying them.
One old barn had bins and displays of apples, cider, honey and fingerling potatoes for sale. A Gordon family member passed out hot samples of oven-fried potatoes, which caused a stampede for those golden spuds—a bit of Marketing 101 on full display.
After the tour, the women headed around the farm in many different directions, snapping photos and searching for pumpkins on a stem, traditional orange Jack O’Lanterns-to-be or the perfectly creepy blue pumpkin. Who knew there were so many varieties of pumpkins! Small but oh so fragrant wreaths were a popular purchase too.
Only the brave of heart entered the “haunted barn” but it was there. A laughing group of four posed for a photo with their bags of golden potatoes raised high. Yep, those are our Garden Club women!
As you should know by now, when the Garden Club Committee plans an excursion, you can figure on eating out. The gang hopped back into cars and drove the short distance to scenic LaConner for a delicious lunch at Seeds Bistro & Bar. There was nothing frightening about lunch—just great tasting food and enjoyable conversation.
The group returned to Mill Creek in the late afternoon, just missing by 15 minutes a thunder, lightning, hail and rain deluge! A well-timed end to a perfectly UNcreepy visit to Gordon’s Skagit Farm.
MCGC’s Judy Morrier searched for the perfect pumpkin at Gordon’s Skagit Farm. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.
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