3 Sisters Farm and Market
For some of us, knowing where our food comes from is a family tradition. For others, it’s a fairly recent revelation. Either way, there’s no denying the importance of ethical, sustainable agriculture, and supporting local farmers.
The Muzzall farm on Whidbey Island has been in the family for more than a century. Edwin and Stella Muzzall and their children bought the farm in 1910, and it has been passed down through five generations. In 2000, the “3 Sisters” — Jennifer, Jessica, and Roshel — started the business to help themselves save for college.
Initially their focus was dairy, and they started selling products at farmers markets and grocery stores. In 2006, they made the switch from dairy to meat and began marketing directly to the public. The 3 Sisters opened the market location in 2013 to sell their products as well as those of other local vendors from around Puget Sound.
The 3 Sisters produce grass-fed, grass-finished beef; all-natural barley-fed pork; grass-fed lamb; open-floor, free-nested eggs; and, within the last year, free-range, barley-fed chickens. Island life necessitates raising their own feed for the animals, which means sustainable practices and a GMO-free guarantee.
The sisters are involved in every aspect of production — and it all happens at the farm — from birth to butchering to ensure their standards are met on every level. Although they do follow the best organic practices, 3 Sisters is not certified organic to keep costs low for their customers.
“We focus on micro-local sustainability, and putting every dollar back into the community. That’s really important for us. We really love what we do,” says Jessica.
You can find 3 Sisters products at their own 3 Sisters Market, along with products from more than 100 other local vendors, including cheeses from Mt. Townsend Creamery and goat milk soaps from North Whidbey Farm. You can also find them at grocery and specialty stores up and down Whidbey Island, as well as PCC Natural Markets and Food Co-Ops in Bellingham.
If you’re in the “mooo-d” for a scenic drive and some of the freshest local products around, 3 Sisters Market is sure to deliver. They’re open seven days a week. You might even take a drive by the farm, just three miles up the road.