Grace Harbor Farms, which sits between Lynden and Birch Bay in Whatcom County north of Bellingham, is transitioning to the next generation. Founders Tim and Grace Lukens, who describe themselves as farmers through and through, are handing over the reins to their son, David Lukens.
The Lukens’ cows are entirely grass-fed and are never given hormones or GMO feed. On top of bottling their milk, the Lukens have a line of yogurt, which we offer in our markets. Customers often rave about the cream top and European style of the Lukens’ yogurt. The milk for this creamy yogurt comes from the lesser-known Guernsey and Jersey cows.
These sweet-tempered cows make up a small fraction of the national dairy cow population, so it was challenging to build a herd.
The Lukens partner with Wil-O-Acres Goat Dairy in nearby Ferndale, a partnership that began with the purchase of two goats in 1999. They started making soap from the goat milk and selling it at farmers’ markets. They soon expanded to making goat cheese, bottling goat milk and experimenting with a variety of lotions and soaps. Although they no longer makes goat cheese commercially, they do bottle the milk, which is available in our markets, and have an extensive line of creams, lotions and soap.
The Lukens’ operation is considerably smaller than other farms in the area, but their size allows the opportunity to cook lunch for the team. The group sits down to a traditional family meal every weekday.