Established in 1947, Bow Hill Blueberries is the site of the oldest family-run blueberry farm in Skagit Valley. Since taking over in 2011, the Soltes family has focused on rejuvenating the soil and transitioning these historic fields to Certified Organic.
The farm specializes in heirloom berries and has over 4500 bushes that are a combination of Rubel, Stanley, Jersey, and Blue Crop. Harley is the chief farmer and researcher, working in the blueberry fields most days. Susan is in charge of sales, marketing and product development. Their daughter Amelia designs the farm’s branding and packaging, and their teenage son Wylie works in the packing shed during the summer.
All year round, they employ 4–6 people part-time to help in the fields, create products, work in the store, and pitch in with art projects. During the harvest, as many as 25 kids and adults hand-harvest and pack 60,000 pounds of berries.
They hear stories all the time from locals who fondly remember picking blueberries in those very same fields as far back as the 1940s. For many, picking here was their first job. Their goal is to continue creating harvest memories and connections to farm-fresh food. They're happy They've taken on the challenge of the Bow blueberry legacy and are enjoying the farm immensely.