The town of Coupeville has the distinction of being the second oldest town in the State of Washington. Founded in 1852 by Captain Thomas Coupe, this quaint little town of barely 1,800 residents has much to recommend it in the way of charm. Stroll down its streets and you’ll see a variety of house styles — including Block Houses, Saltbox, and the Victorian Queen Anne — that have been kept in mint condition since they were built.
Although Coupeville is located in the northwest corner of Washington State, on Penn Cove, Central Whidbey Island, it gets far less rain than you would expect for its location. The reason is that it is sheltered from many rainstorms by the Olympic Mountains. This mountain effect is why the town’s climate is actually classified as warm summer Mediterranean.
The area around Coupeville has many farms, and this means there are lots of farmer’s markets to choose from. The main market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday from April to mid-October. It is located near the Coupeville library, and it features a variety of fresh farm produce and locally made crafts.
Outside of Coupeville along Ebey Road is the Sherman Farms’ market. Here you can find a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including specialty squash and beans. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from May through October.
Another great market is north of Coupeville on West Beach Road. Bell’s Farm is known for strawberries from mid June to mid July, and you can pick them yourself or place an order.
If you can’t make the Saturday markets, there’s still nearby Greenbank Farm on Wonn Road, open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May to October. This farm has plenty of locally grown food, along with vendors selling flowers, vegetable seedlings, organic produce, crafts, local spices and nuts. You can find more details online at: www.greenbankfarm.com.
Although the produce is delectable, it’s not the only reason people around Coupeville go to the farmer’s markets. You’ll also find local artists showing their paintings and pottery, and craftspeople displaying their soap, candles, jewelry and herbal products. You can even find treats like kettle corn!
There are plenty of craftspeople in the area, and you can see lots of them at the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival. It’s been around since 1964, and is one of the state’s oldest continuously run festivals.
The Festival’s mission is “to promote quality handcrafts and the arts, ensure cultural enrichment, and beautify and preserve the unique historical qualities of the Coupeville community”. Here you’ll find stunning arts and crafts, beautiful examples of the artisan tradition from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Festival is a popular attraction, not only for its handcrafts and folk art, but also for the free live entertainment and food you can find there.
You can see why Coupeville, WA is a popular destination for people who like beautiful scenery, a charming town, and the joys of local food and art.