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All about Autumn: Fun farms to visit this fall

Oct 2nd, 2018 | Category: Features

Fall has arrived, and there’s a lot to enjoy in our northwest corner this month. Here’s a look at some seasonal events and farms to visit. Please contact the farm(s) with any questions you may have. Enjoy!

Editor’s Note: Farms wanting to share their information for this listing should contact editor@grownorthwest.com. Thanks!

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Cloud Mountain’s Annual Fall Fruit Festival: Join Cloud Mountain Farm Center for their 29th annual Fall Fruit Festival, Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event features tastings of over 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables all grown at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. Live music and children’s activities will be available. Goat Mountain Pizza will be serving food and Mallard Ice Cream will be scooping 8 flavors of ice cream made with Cloud Mountain fruit. There will be pumpkins and squash, fruit, vegetables, and cider for sale, specials in the nursery, and Keenan’s at the Pier will be doing cooking demonstrations and tasting samples.

This two-day festival is an important fundraiser for Cloud Mountain, with all proceeds going to support their farmer internship program, community education workshops, and all other work Cloud Mountain does to support local farmers and build a healthy food system. While the entire community is invited, they do request that you leave your pups at home. Cloud Mountain Farm Center is located at 6906 Goodwin Road in Everson. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per carload. For more information, see cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms: See what it takes to run a farm, from growing crops to feeding animals, during this weekend farm tour Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7. Fun-filled activities for everyone including: educational exhibits, farm tours, harvest markets, gardening demonstrations, free samples, kids activities, corn and hay mazes, animal exhibits, pumpkin patches and more. Free admission to all sites. www.festivaloffamilyfarms.com.

Tasting samples at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. COURTESY PHOTO

Tasting samples at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. COURTESY PHOTO

Mama’s Garden Harvest Festival: Operated by mothers committed to healthy food, this farm’s annual fall festival has grown into a community celebration with pumpkins, games, face painting, crafts, wagon rides, horse rides, and more. Stop by Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7 at 2600 Valley Highway, north of Acme. The farm stand is open daily. For more information, see www.mamasgarden.org.

Bellewood Acres: Home to a 25,000 tree apple orchard, Bellewood offers a variety of u-pick and we-pick apples, cider, pumpkin patch, apple train bin rides, distillery tours, corn maze, bakery, restaurant and more. Open daily at 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. For more information, call (360) 318-7720 or see bellewoodfarms.com.

Apple and Pear Harvest Field Day: Presented by the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 13, this is a great chance to try out the later varieties of apples and pears. The event includes educational talks and demonstrations about pruning and cider, cider tastings, garden tours, and sampling apples and pears. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The WWFRF Fruit Display Garden contains one of the largest and most varied collections of antique apple trees in western Washington. The Field Day is free to members of WWFRF; non-members are $15 single or $30 family. The WSU Washington Research and Extension Center is located at 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. For more information, see www.nwfruit.org.

Gordon Skagit Farms: Open daily in October, this farm is a visual of the best of Fall! Diverse varieties of pumpkins and squashes of all shapes, sizes and colors are for sale and on display, as well as cider, wreaths, and other fall delights. This is a must-see farm, every year, at 15598 McLean Road, Mt. Vernon. For questions, call (360) 424-0363 or see gordonskagitfarms.com.

Cramer’s Western Town: Pumpkins, train rides, pony rides, trolley rides, draft horses, fun zone, farm animals and more at 956 Van Dyk Road, Lynden.

Stoney Ridge has reopened their pumpkin patch this year, Fridays and Saturdays only. Take in the fall fun, cider, donuts and more at 2092 Van Dyk Road in Everson.

Willetta Farm: Open Saturdays and Sundays in October, this farm offers pumpkins, corn maze, draft horses, farm animals, crafts, cider and more at 1945 E Badger Rd, Everson.

Schuh Farms & Pumpkin Patch: Pumpkins, corn, apples, squash, corn stalks, hay bales,  decorations, ice cream, and more. Open daily at 15565 SR 536, Mount Vernon.

Bailey Vegetable Farm: This centennial farm offers weekend family fun through October. Pumpkins, gourds, corn maze, play barn, fall decorations, refreshments and more at 12711 Springhetti Road, Snohomish.

Bob’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch: Pumpkins, hay rides, corn maze, old-fashioned country store, farm market and more. Open daily at 10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish.

Carleton Farm Produce: Pumpkins, corn maze, pumpkin cannon, farm animals, night maze and bonfires, kids activities, and more. Open daily at 630 Sunnyside Blvd SE, Lake Stevens.

Craven Farm: Pumpkins, hay ride through the corn maze, farm animals, face painting, foods, fall decor and more at 13817 Shorts School Road, Snohomish

Stocker Farms: Pumpkins, corn maze, face painting, craft booths and more at 8705 Marsh Road, Snohomish.

Sherman’s Pioneer Farm: Pumpkins, pies, breads, and more at 46 S Ebey Road, Coupeville.

 

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