Certified organic farmgate sales increased 16 percent to $244.6 million for 2010, the last year for which statistics were available, according to data gathered by the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. Certified organic crop acreage and the number of certified organic farms in Washington state, however, decreased for the second consecutive year in 2011.
Counties significantly increasing year-over-year sales included Kittitas, Walla Walla, Skagit, Pierce and Island.
The profile shows certified organic acreage decreasing 12 percent to just over 90,100 acres in 2011. The number of certified organic farms dropped to 729 from 735, with two farms transitioning to organic.