Summit Farms Mission: To restore, cultivate and preserve the beautiful property to which we are environmental stewards.
A Message from Michelle & Mitch Lewis
WE BOUGHT A FARM!
How it Began
Grampa Mitch would tell granddaughter Clara when she was about two years old a bedtime story about “Billy the Baaad Goat”, which included “Father John & Farmher Joan”. The “Farmers” were loosely based on a couple who decide to leave the City and buy a farm, grow crops (including strawberries) and lovingly raise their rescue animals.
Michelle’s Original Idea
Michelle had the unique idea to build an “adult playground” (as we were calling it then) on a small farm – to which Mitch would be happy growing some vegetables, making salsas, and maybe a few more crops.
And Then This Happened
Mitch – in his so-called “retirement” started investing, advising and working with several innovative tech companies leading in their respective areas – and one of these is Ag-Tech and Smart Farms/Orchards. After visiting some of these trials, one farm stood out as a potential model for our vision. Mitch drew up the vision and the universe manifested what is now known as Summit Farms. After talking to one realtor, describing our vision; within days he said he “found our dream property”. He was right … after one visit, the Lewis’ made an offer and the rest as they say is history – which is a mystery!
With love & growth to you all!
Michelle & Mitch
SUMMIT FARMS VISION & STRATEGY
To build a multi-generational, self-sustaining, commercially profitable, family farm first and an agri-tourist destination with an emphasis on food resiliency and smart-farm technologies for local food needs.
SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL GROWTH PLAN
Summit Farms is a family owned organic, environmentally managed, smart farm utilizing the best growing methods of our Pioneers and Native Americans combined with modern networking and analytics.
The twenty-eight beautiful acres of Summit Farms is situated near Millersylvania State Park and includes a c1910 two-story Gambrel barn & Milk Parlor, a 1912 three-story original farmhouse along with a recently restored century old Root Cellar, two Greenhouses, one detached office along with a chicken coop, on-site separate dwelling unit, and fencing for goats & cows and to accommodate the boarding of horses.
We are zoned Agri-Tourism for Thurston County, and our intention is to show how small family farms can still thrive and help lead the way for solving food insecurities along with managing droughts. By protecting valuable farmland, strengthening the local food systems to enjoy the benefits of good nutrition, health, community health, and strong economic development and environmental stewardship to nurture a more vibrant local food system.
Preservation & Restoration
Our primary focus in 2021 was the preservation & restoration of the historic buildings on the farm. Additionally, we upgraded & modernized other elements to create an environmentally sustainable, technology-enabled farm ecosystem.
- 1907 Gambrel Barn & Milk Parlor
- 100-year-old Root Cellar
- 1912 Farmhouse
- Upgraded Well to Support the Farm Drinking Water & Irrigation Systems
- 5G Broadband
- High-Capacity Septic System
Location & Enviornmentals
Located on a beautiful expanse of 27.7 Acres. Summit Farm borders Millersvania State Park which averages over 500K Visitors / Year
Location: 11815 Whitehall Ln SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Enviornmentals: Pitman Lake & Blooms Ditch
We intend to over-protect this (and all areas) from run-offs and any other affecting activities from growing or livestock.
Community Gathering Space
Let’s play and have fun together as a community!
Summit Farms is being thoughtfully designed as an all-season gathering place for families and businesses alike.
We look forward to hosting you in the beautiful fully-renovated Gambrel Barn for our Farmer’s Market, Small to Large Corporate Events & Weddings.
And our designated outdoor spaces for our summer concert series, u-pick pumpkin patch, sunflower field, labyrinth and playground for small to large community and corporate events.
Farmers First + Farmers Market
Summit Farms is organically growing and selling seasonal Farmer’s Market produce and goods at the Olympia Farmer’s Market including:
- Onions, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Peppers, Herbs, Gourds, Melons, Corn, Beans and Squash
- Flowers, Bamboo Plants, Vegetable Starts & Trees
- Gourmet Finished Goods such as Salsas, Pickles & Relishes
- View our 2022 Grow Plan
- View our Current Inventory of Starts – available at the onsite Summit Farms store by appointment
LIFE ON THE FARM GALLERY
Blogs From the Barn