Owned by Sarah and Steve Pabody, Triple Wren Farms operates on 2 scenic acres with Mt. Baker proudly standing in the signature Pacific Northwest horizon. Selling flowers to local grocers, the Seattle Wholesale Grower’s Market, DIY brides, and direct to the public, the Pabody family also grows ornamental plants, veggies, and fruits, as well as produce their own honey and raise chickens.
When I envision a working farm, this is it. Everything inch of the property is practical, functional and family-friendly. The signature farmhouse has a to-die-for, wraparound porch. If I could have boxed up that front porch and stuffed it into our truck, I would have.
Upon arriving, the whole family was outside. Steve was out in the apple orchard on the tractor, Sarah was in the flower fields, and their darling children were nestled on the porch with newly adopted barn kittens.
Bradley, our son, immediately darted to the kids and fell head over heels in love with the kittens, which he talked about for days! Bobby immediately grabbed the camera snapping dozens of photos, and I started chatting with Sarah. There was something special about Triple Wren Farms saying, ‘Hello… come as you are….. and most importantly, don’t worry about the kids!’ It was way more than just about what they grew, it was about the way of life they wanted to live and how they wanted their children to grow up.
You see, Sarah and Steve moved from the east coast about 4 years ago. Their life was drastically different. Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, they chose a slower pace… which is anything but slow! It’s pretty amazing to see what they’ve created in such a short time!
Additionally, Triple Wren Farms offer something unique to DIY Brides, a Buy-the-Bunch program to save on their wedding budget. Brides can buy fresh cut flowers, foliage, or small potted plants in bulk for the big event. This is such a fantastic idea!
Sarah also offers onsite workshops… on her front porch no less! Ok, she’s really making me jealous of that front porch! Workshops cover many topics from holiday centerpieces to flower crowns. What I love is that her concept is about being creative together.
A good portion of the farm is lined with Sarah’s gorgeous variety of flowers, but the rest is filled with apple orchards. Her husband, Steve, manages Sm’Apples U-Pick Orchard. He handles all the logistics, irrigation, construction, and landscaping of the farm. Last year in 2014, Steve began participating in a new farmer incubation program called, Food to Bank On, which really captures local sustainability by offering more edibles like honey from their own bee hives(!) and a brand new egg CSA.
Sarah and I eventually parked ourselves on a wooden bench under the shade of the porch enjoying a delicious treat… Otter Pops! About that same time, a mail truck pulled into the driveway. The mail lady was immediately ohhing and ahhing over the farm, as she was a substitute driver and not familiar with the area. Rather than just wave, Sarah walked out to introduce herself and offered her an Otter Pop too! I knew I liked Sarah immediately when I met her, and this is a genuine example of her truly giving and friendly nature. She’s my kinda peeps!
I was shocked when I heard this! How impressive!
Some people may not realize this yet (Yes, I’m talking about you young ones!), but at some point, a person takes a step back from the lives they live to ask, “Is this where I want to be?”
Triple Wren Farms is an inspiring example of an infinite number of answers to this question. And with that I say, “Go find that place!”
A big thank you to Sarah and Steve Pabody for opening their home to my family. It was truly an honor.
The stories, photos, and opinions were sourced from my personal interview with Sarah Pabody and http://www.triplewrenfarms.com/.