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The pumpkins are plump, and bluebirds are plentiful, at Sundstroms' San Juan Valley farm

Top photo: The pumpkins are plump at Guard and Connie Sundstrom
Top photo: The pumpkins are plump at Guard and Connie Sundstrom's farm on San Juan Valley Road. Second photo: A salvaged building and salvaged materials contributed to the construction of this farm store, still being completed on the Sundstrom farm. Third photo: Molly, the Sundstroms' dog, takes a rest on the farm store porch. Fourth photo: A scarecrow tends the pumpkin patch while Connie Sundstrom works in the background.
— image credit: Richard Walker

One sign of fall on the island: Guard and Connie Sundstrom's farm on San Juan Valley Road.

As these photos illustrate, the pumpkins are plump and plentiful at the Sundstrom farm.

A salvaged building and salvaged materials contributed to the construction of the farm store, still being completed on the Sundstrom farm.

Molly, the Sundstroms' dog, takes a rest on the farm store porch, where customers can peruse corn, garden plants, oaks, pumpkins, and zucchini.

A scarecrow tends the pumpkin patch while Connie Sundstrom works in the background.

Barbara Jensen, president of the San Juan Islands Audubon, said the bluebird population is also plentiful on the Sundstrom farm:

"We have always been rather vague about exactly where the bluebirds are because they are mostly on private land. There has been one major trespassing issue with a tour group from the college and it causes problems. We have wanted to avoid it in the future. But now there is a location where you can see bluebirds – Fir Oak Farm on San Juan Island. This is the place where there are pumpkins in the field and are for sale. It is owned by Connie and Guard Sundstrom on San Juan Valley Road. Drop by the sales shed and buy a pumpkin, corn and some other produce they have.

"If you go there just to see birds, drop some money even if you don’t buy anything (they have to pay taxes too!) to show your appreciation for long-time island families that still have land where the birds are feeding and breeding. And remember, this is also private land and be sure to respect it by not going in buildings or in the sheep pasture or fooling around with equipment. Give Guard a hug while you are at it!"

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