Anonymous complaint closes Salamanca Farms and Silver Bells Holiday Shop storefront

Visitors to the farm can still buy products from the farm on-site, but cannot enter the two small sheds located on the property.

Gales Creek – The recently-opened Silver Bells Holiday Shop, near downtown Gales Creek has apparently run afoul of Washington County land-use regulation, and has been forced to close their two small shops – each 140 square feet in size, one with farm products and the other housing holiday-themed items – after an anonymous complaint asked the county to look into signage and traffic issues at Salamanca Farms property, according to county officials and owner Brian Yaworsky.

The Gales Creek Journal filed a public records request for the initial complaint on Friday, December 7, but had not yet received a response by Tuesday, December 11.

Yaworsky says that the farm is still very much open, but that he’s had to reduce his signage and cannot permit visitors to enter his two small storefronts.

“It’s not so much that I’m shut down, but that I need to be more creative,” Yaworsky said about his business model to ensure he follows the often-complex land use regulations in rural unincorporated Washington County.

As a farm, he is permitted to sell his products, and some other products as well on-site, but without certain inspections, permitting and licenses, he cannot allow customers into his shops.

Much of the farm and holiday shop items can be found and purchased online at www.salamancafarmsoregon.com and www.silverbellsholidayshop.com.

Salamanca Farms is located at
9425 NW Gales Creek Rd
Gales Creek, OR 97117