Cool shade and a nice breeze were a welcome relief when we arrived at Field of Greens, a cooperative farm stand in Everson. Owner Joy Monjure was also welcoming, and invited us to look around.
Joy explained that this was the second season Field of Greens has been open. Joy worked for the City of Bellingham for 23 years, but was laid off in 2009 as part of budget cutbacks. Though it was a shock at the time, she said she gradually began to see it as an opportunity, and started planning her farm stand business.
Joy’s rustic stand, located at the corner of Kale and Everson Roads, offers produce from three certified organic Everson farms–Broadleaf, Terra Verde, and Rabbit Fields Farms. Among them they have 15 greenhouses, which extends their growing season and allows Joy to open earlier in the spring than many other produce stands. She is open from May 1st through October 31st each year. Her goal is to carry fresh organic produce priced lower than the Community Food Co-op or the Farmer’s Markets.
Field of Greens has been successful since its launch in 2010. Regular customers include residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County, as well as Canadians who drive down to shop. Some customers even bike 22 miles from Blaine. “People love the ambience,” Joy says, and the unusual varieties of fruits and vegetables that she is able to offer. For example, on the day I visited, Joy had Dragon’s Tongue beans (see recipe below), Loma lettuce, and romanesco–all tasty and beautiful varieties which are hard to find.
Rural ambience at Field of Greens is pleasant and relaxing. The wooden structure itself was hand-built by Joy and her family. A grove of walnut and hazelnut trees along a grassy meadow make a nice place for kids to play while parents shop.
If you are doing canning or freezing and need large quantities of certain products, call ahead. Sometimes Joy’s farmers offer special bulk prices when you buy 20 lbs or more. Joy can be reached through her website where you’ll also find a “What’s Fresh” page where she lists produce available each week.
Field of Greens also sells vegetable notecards made by Rio Thomas. “We save all the weird things for Rio!” Joy laughs. Rio takes unusually shaped vegetables and fruits, arranges them into colorful designs, and photographs them for her notecards. They are fascinating and beautiful, and this description doesn’t do them justice. You have to see them to fully appreciate.
Joy’s stand is open Wednesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy the short drive through beautiful farmland, and tell Joy I said hello! I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Here’s the recipe I used for the Dragon’s Tongue beans:
- Dragon’s Tongue Beans