Island Meadow is a historic farm in the center of Vashon Island. Planted decades ago as a fruit and nut orchard, it was transformed into a diversified, direct-market vegetable farm with a self-service farmstand around 1990. These days, Island Meadow is run by two young farmers, Caitlin Carnahan and Greg Reed, who are excited to grow top quality vegetables, fruit, flowers, poultry and eggs on this scenic small farm in the heart of Puget Sound.
Along with all manner of fresh, seasonal vegetables, you are likely to find mixed flower bouquets, fancy salad mix, heirloom dry beans and traditional, fermented sauerkraut – handmade from Island Meadow cabbage – in the Island Meadow farmstand, which is open from early spring through late fall. Bring exact change or a checkbook, as the farmstand is unstaffed and we therefore cannot offer change.
In addition to the vegetables, flowers, berries, nut and apples and flowers grown on our “home farm” off Cemetery Road, of which about one-fifth of our five-acres is cultivated in annual crops, we lease a second, similarly-sized parcel on Vashon’s Westside Highway. All the food we produce is sold out of our stand and at the Saturday Farmers Market in town. You can also find our salad at Minglement, on the menu at Cafe Luna, and, occasionally, we are lucky to sell veggies to the Vashon Island School District.
Although Island Meadow Farm is not a certified organic farm, in the tradition of small-scale, “beyond organic” farming we use only cover crops, compost, crop rotations, light applications of organic fertilizers, the incorporation of companion plantings and other principles of agro-ecology to build soil fertility and maintain high levels of productivity while leaving a positive impact on our environment.
Take a walk down the driveway to the farmstand or visit us at the market and we’ll be happy to talk to you all about our farming practices, and more….