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The Beauty of Turtleback Farm Inn

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Turtleback Farm, Orcas Island

Here on Orcas Island, down below Turtleback Mountain is where you will find Turtleback Farm Inn.

We felt very lucky to have been able to spend some time here as well as meeting Bill and Susan Fletcher who are the proud owners of this beautiful farm and charming Farm House and Orchard House.  If peace, quiet and sweeping views are something you are after, this is the place to be.

On Island for over 20 years Bill and Susan take pride in creating an environment of complete tranquility for their lucky guests.  Susan's gourmet breakfasts are also quite amazing from her breakfast crepes to corn waffles and many savories as well.

Flipping through Susan's cookbook I am completely inspired.  She uses only the freshest local ingredients and the combinations of flavors that she develops, well, I could hardly wait to return to the Airstream to prepare some goodies.  In her book the recipes are clear, concise and the pages are full of so many cooking tips and funny little anecdotes that made me smile.  Deep history about Orcas Island also fills these pages and I can say that this book has a home in my handbag and I carry it everywhere.

How lucky we were to be able to be here. 

"Can we go and see Chompers mommy?" B asked

On our way went to explore this magical place . . .

~ The Farm House

~ Fresh peas from the Orcas Island farmer's market and B feeding Chompers

~ I prepared these ricotta tartines with inspiration from Susan's cookbook

~ The Orchard House

~ Sweet Roasted Rhubarb, Figs and Berries topped with Ginger Marscapone

Easy peasy sweet roasted fruit:

The sweet roasted fruit was sprinkled with sugar and placed in a 400 degree oven for 1/2 an hour.  Cut the rhubarb so it creates a bed for the other fruits to lay on top of.  Take 2 cups of marscapone and a handful of chopped dried crystallized ginger and mix together in a separate bowl.  The longer this mixture sits in the fridge, the better :)  Once scooped onto the warm fruit it melts and turns this simple recipe into something amazing. 

Bon appetite!



Hiking Turtleback~Hiking Turtleback Mountain, Orcas Island


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