Meet Our Vendors
Each month we highlight a different vendor partner!
Friday Harbor Whale Museum
We are pleased to shine our spotlight on the Friday Harbor Whale Museum for promoting the stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem by sponsoring research and educational programs. The Friday Harbor Whale Museum opened in 1979 and has grown over the years to become one of the most notable whale protection organizations and marine mammal educational natural museums in the country. In 1981, the museum started the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and is authorized by NOAA to investigate reports of stranded marine mammals.
Visit the museum in Friday Harbor at 62 1st Street, just 3 blocks from the ferry landing. The museum is open daily from 10:00 - 4:00. Check out their life-sized whale models, marine mammal exhibits, and wildlife videos. Also be sure and stop by their gift shop where you'll find our book, Exploring the Salish Sea: An Artist's View by Margy Gates.
Snow Goose Produce
Cissy and I often pay courtesy-calls to our vendors. It's always a pleasure to visit Vico and Erika at Snow Goose Produce and we're delighted that they've just opened their farm stand for the season. Located on Fir Island, in the Skagit Valley (and near the tulip fields!), Snow Goose was opened in 1984 by Vico's parents, Mark and Mary-Louise Rust. It has been family-operated ever since. Their produce is organic and local. They have a delectable selection of smoked seafood and baked breads, along with artisan cheeses and fine wines. And it's impossible to ignore the aroma of their immodest waffle-cone ice-creams. They also serve espresso drinks and pastries, and their polenta muffins are out of this world!
We like them also because they carry some of our books. So, stop by and see them for a special treat!
15170 Fir Island Rd.
Lake Erie Grocery
How many places can you go to buy night crawlers and fine wine? Or how many places have an authentic birch canoe built by Native Americans, hanging from their ceiling? And how many places do the owners live in a home connected to the back of the establishment?
Our Island Secret for May is the Lake Erie Grocery at the corner of Hart Lake and Rosario Road here on Fidalgo Island. Owners Don and Gerry Caulfield bought the store forty-two years ago. After visiting friends in Mount Vernon, the Caulfields asked them to keep an eye out for work they could do in the area in order to escape congested Southern California for a more laid back lifestyle. Their friends noticed a small for-sale sign in the window of the Lake Erie Store and called the Caulfields on a Wednesday. Don and Gerry flew to Washington on the following Friday, and flew home on Sunday after making their decision to buy the local business. Living with Lake Erie in their backyard and Mount Erie across the road was a welcome change from the freeway they lived next to in California. They raised five children in their home behind the store and never regretted for a moment their decision to move to Fidalgo Island. Gerry says, "The best thing about owning the store is all the people who come in and tell their delightful stories." A few years ago when they sold gas after closing, customers could just help themselves and shove the money under the door. The sign is still there: "If we're not here, just shove your money under the door."
Gerry and Don love their life on the lake. So stop by for a bottle of wine, fishing bait, or a cup of coffee and friendly chat with the Caulfields.
You can even purchase some of our books at the Lake Erie Grocery.