Do you know BelleWood Acres? It’s the big red barn between Bellingham and Lynden with sweeping views of Mount Baker and rows of apple trees you could get lost in. Maybe you stopped by in fall to get your hot cider fix or brought your kiddos to visit Santa in December. Or, maybe you are one of those that drive by regularly wondering, “What goes on in that place?” Either way, you should know that BelleWood is preparing to be in full bloom this spring and has a lot of fun to offer you and your family.

Julio can never get enough of Dorie’s famous pie. Photo credit: Kali Klotz-Brooks.

What better way to spend Easter than on the farm? For starters, there is not only one but two whole days of celebration. “It is a huge event,” Event Specialist Pamela Felke explains. BelleWood offers an entire weekend full of springtime fun including pony rides, a continuous egg hunt, a visit with the Easter bunny and brunch. Easter packages include admittance to many of these fun happenings (plus a few other tasty treats!) and can be purchased for children ages 3-10 for only $12. Be sure to also check out the brunch menu and preregister on the farm’s website to insure a delicious, spring inspired meal. Leave the egg hiding and holiday cooking to BelleWood and make your way out to the red barn April 15 and 16.

Baker Deb is excited to be making flower cookies. Photo credit: Kali Klotz-Brooks.

Pamela was also excited to share BelleWood’s 3rd annual Apple Blossom Run for the Bees that is happening Saturday, April 29. A percentage of the money raised by the event goes toward supporting WSU bee research. “The bee and the apple are symbiotic through history. That’s why it is so important to BelleWood,” Pamela notes.

Preregistration can be done online and the cost is $12 for children up to 10 years old, $20 for adults and $40 for a family. Participants will enjoy running with a mob of friendly bees through the blooming apple trees. But don’t fret if you aren’t the runner type, there will be plenty more to enjoy. Queen’s Bluegrass band will be playing at the finish line, the Porsche travel club and the Mount Baker Bee Association will be in the house! The store and country café will be open per usual. Buzz on by to support a great cause and have some great fun!

Have a meal at BelleWood in the Country Cafe. Photo credit: Kali Klotz-Brooks.

To wrap up the spring season, BelleWood never forgets all the fantastic mothers in the county. Celebrate on May 14 with a Mother’s Day brunch complete with an omelet station, French toast, dessert bar and a variety of other savory and sweet food options. You’ll want to preregister on the website as this meal is a popular one.

There will also be a mom’s mimosa bar in which mom’s can enjoy $2 mimosas (regular cost $5) and a pop-up flower bar where custom arrangements will be designed courtesy of Pozie by Natalie. And to top it off, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a kid’s open-mic. Family is a major component to the magic of BelleWood Acres, so grab your gang and celebrate our mothers with the folks at the farm. At any rate, you can’t really go wrong with $2 mimosas for mom.

Sample some of the best peanut butter and jelly spreads you’ve ever tasted. Photo credit: Kali Klotz-Brooks.

BelleWood is open year round so, aside from these specific events, you are always welcome to visit the farm from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Whether it’s for a $5.95 breakfast special, one of Dorie’s famous pies or free tastings in the distillery with John, there is always something new to experience. Chef Keith has conjured up a turkey potpie that is new to the menu. The crisp, hard apple cider on tap will taste extra good when the warm months come around. Not to mention, the store is freshly stocked with new spring and Easter decorations ready to brighten up your home. So stop by and discover for yourself what happens in the springtime at the big red barn.

The farm also hosts special events if you are looking for a unique space for your wedding, reunion, company picnic, birthday party, reception or business meeting.

To find out more you can contact Pamela Felke at Pamela@bellewoodfarms.com or 360-318-7720.

For more information on WSU Bee research visit http://bees.wsu.edu/.

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