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31 Places for Fall Fun: Pumpkin patches, orchards, corn mazes, and fall festivals

Oct 1st, 2014 | Category: Features

Loads of pumpkins, squash, gourds, apples, pears, corn, decorations. Crisp air, delicious donuts, apple pie, boots, sweaters. Laughter, smiles, fun. Following are 31 ideas for doing these things and more this month at area pumpkin patches, harvest fests, orchards, corn mazes and farms, in no particular order. Have fun, and be sure to confirm details prior to visiting as some information is subject to change throughout the season.

Scarecrow in pumpkin field at Stoney Ridge Farm in Everson. PHOTO BY TODD EDISON

Scarecrow in pumpkin field at Stoney Ridge Farm in Everson. PHOTO BY TODD EDISON

 

#1 Gordon Skagit Farms: An artful celebration of everything pumpkins, squash, gourds, apples and fall, Gordon Skagit Farms is open daily in October. With more than 60 varieties of pumpkins and squashes of all shapes, sizes and colors for sale and on display, as well as cider and other fall delights, this is a must-see, every year. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 15598 McLean Rd, Mt. Vernon, (360) 424-0363, gordonskagitfarms.com.

 

#2 Cloud Mountain Fall Festival & Farmstand: Cloud Mountain Farm Center celebrates its 25th Annual Fruit Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5. Over 200 varieties of fruit will be available for sampling, including apples, European and Asian pears, kiwis, table and wine grapes, and a selection of unusual and common fruits. The event includes kids activities, live music from Bridge, pumpkin patch, produce at the fruit stand, and fruit tree sale in the nursery. Goat Mountain Pizza and Mallard Ice Cream will be selling their products made with Cloud Mountain produce. Admission is $3.50 per person or $9 for a carload; children under 5 are free. All proceeds benefit the Cloud Mountain Farm Center education programs. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm’s nursery and stand is also open during regular hours through December. 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson, (360) 966-5859, cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

#3 Mama’s Garden: Operated by four mothers committed to healthy food, this farm along Route 9 north of Acme celebrates an annual fall festival, held this year Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. The event includes games, crafts, farm animals, face painting, wagon rides, a pumpkin patch and pictures. The farm stand is open daily 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. through mid-December. 2600 Valley Highway, north of Acme, smith87999@yahoo.com. 

 

#4 Bellewood Acres: Home to a 25,000 tree apple orchard, Bellewood offers a variety of u-pick and we-pick apples, cider, pumpkin patch, farm tours, apple train bin rides, distillery tours,  corn maze, corn cannons and live music throughout the month, as well as a market gift shop and bakery. Their annual CiderFest celebration takes place in November. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden, (360) 318-7720, bellewoodfarms.com.

 

#5 Stoney Ridge Farm: Family-friendly fun Oct. 2 through Oct. 25, including acres of pumpkins, corn and bin maze, animals, kids activities, hay rides, crafts and decorations, cider, baked goods and treats, apples, and more. Open Thursdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2092 VanDyk Road, Everson, (360)966-3919, stoneyridgefarm.com.

 

#6 Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5. See what it takes to run a farm, from growing crops to feeding animals. 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. Participating farms include: Bow: Taylor Shellfish, Samish River Dairy featuring Golden Glen Creamery; Burlington: Sakuma Bros. Farms & Market Stand; Concrete: Double O Ranch/Ovenell’s Heritage Inn & Log Cabins; La Conner: Hedlin Family Farm, La Conner Flats; Mount Vernon: Gordon Skagit Farms, Schuh Farms, RoozenGaarde, South Fork Farms; Rockport: Cascadian Farm; Sedro-Woolley: Hemlock Highlands, Eagle Haven Winery/Perkins Apple Orchard. See www.festivaloffamilyfarms.com.

 

Colorful varieties at Bailey Vegetables. COURTESY PHOTO

Colorful varieties at Bailey Vegetables. COURTESY PHOTO

#7 Jones Creek Farms: U-pick and we-pick apples, pears, pumpkins, winter squash, and more. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 32260 Burrese Road, Sedro Woolley, (360) 826-6820, jonescreekfarms@yahoo.com.

 

#8 Rosabella’s: Surrounded by 50 acres of apples, pears and berries on Farm to Market Road in Bow, Rosabella’s offers a bakery and country store, serving up pastries, cider donuts, famous apple pie and more. Several apple varieties sold by the pound or box. Hard ciders made from apples grown on the property behind Rosabella’s barn. 8933 Farm to Market Road, Bow, rosabellasgarden.com, (360) 766-6360.

 

#9 Schuh Farms & Pumpkin Patch: Lots of pumpkins, corn, apples, squash, corn stalks, hay bales,  decorations, ice cream, and more. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 15565 SR 536, Mount Vernon, (360) 424-6982, schuhfarms@frontier.com.

 

#10 Bailey Vegetable Farm: A family farm for over 100 years  and a recognized centennial farm, Bailey’s offers weekend family fun through October. Visitors can pick from many varieties of pumpkins and gourds, head into the corn maze, and visit the play barn that includes rope swings, pirate’s hidden treasure, loads of hay bales to climb, tractor trikes and more. Fall decorations, refreshments and more on site. Open weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participating farm of the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins.  12711 Springhetti Road, Snohomish, baileyveg.com. 

 

#11 Bob’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch: Enjoy searching for your perfect pumpkin on this farm where Bob has planted more than 50 diverse varieties over 30 acres. Free hayride, 10-acre corn maze, old-fashioned country store, farm market and more. Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Participating farm of the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins.  10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish, bobscorn.com. 

 

#12 Carleton Farm Produce: Activities include pumpkins, corn maze, pumpkin cannon, farm animals, night maze and bonfires, haunted swamp and zombie farm, and more. Kids korral offers activities for children. Farm market has food and beverages, including vegatables from the farm and other food items. The farm kitchen serves hot food, beverages and snacks on the weekends. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participating farm of the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins. 630 Sunnyside Blvd SE, Lake Stevens, carletonfarm.com. 

 

At Mama's Garden in Acme. COURTESY PHOTO

At Mama’s Garden in Acme. COURTESY PHOTO

#13 Craven Farm: Twenty acres of pumpkins are available, as well as a pumpkin slinger, hay ride through the secret corn maze, farm animals, face painting and more. Foods include kettle corn, hot cider donuts, espresso and more. Gift shop offers fall decor. Participating farm of the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins.  13817 Shorts School Rd, Snohomish, cravenfarm.com.

 

#14 Stocker Farms: The farm market is open daily with a traditional pumpkin patch, produce and more. The Weekend Family Pumpkin Park with 10-acre pumpkin patch and 10-acre corn maze (featuring a 12th fan design) includes hay rides, corn crib, trout fishing, face painting, air jumpers, human hamster wheels, pumpkin launching, craft booths and more. Participating farm of the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins. 8705 Marsh Road, Snohomish, stockerfarms.com. 

 

#15 The Farm at Swan’s Trail: Over 40 acres of pumpkins and gourds are available, including 30-plus varieties. The 12-acre corn maze is a giant map of Washington, with 4.5 miles of path to explore, including roads, towns and landmarks. U-pick honeycrisp and jonagold apples and sweet corn available. Kids play area includes a hay jump, hay maze, slides, swings and giant jumping pillow, peddle carts and cow train. Participating farm of the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins. 7301 Rivershore Rd, Snohomish, thefarm1.com.

 

#16 Thomas Family Farm: This large pumpkin patch spreads over 14 acres with 30 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds. Kids activities include web climb and hay maze. Corn maze (day and evening), mining, beer garden and more. Open Oct. 3-31. Hours are Thursday 6 to 10 p.m., Friday 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Participating farm of the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins. 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish, thomasfamilyfarm.com.

 

#17 The Wiersma Family Pumpkin Patch: Grown by a grandfather and his grandkids, this family patch offers u-pick and we-pick pumpkins, as well as squash and gourds. Hot spiced cider and cookies are served on Saturdays. Open Thursday and Friday 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. East Wiser Lake and Hannegan Roads in Lynden.

 

#18 Sm’Apples U-Pick Orchard:  U-pick gala, jonagold and honeycrisp apple varieties available as well as cider, pumpkins and flowers. A picnic area and farm animals are on site. Open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. through Nov. 17. 1197 Willeys Lake Road, Ferndale, (360) 318-1776, smapples.com.

 

#19 Dugualla Bay Farms: This pumpkin patch and corn maze are open daily through October. Flashlight Night open Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. (bring flashlights). Apples, corn and other produce available as well as food gifts and ice cream cones. 36699 SR 20, Oak Harbor, (360) 679-2192, Duguallabayfarms@msn.com.

 

#20 Sherman’s Pioneer Farm: This farm offers a large pumpkin patch as well as squash, gourds, mini-pumpkins, pies, breads, trolley rides, straw-bale and tire maze for young children, and painted scenes from around the farm. A Pumpkin Carving Contest for children 12 and under (in three different age groups) starts Oct. 4. Opening date Saturday, Oct. 4. 46 S Ebey Road, Coupeville, (360) 929-8082, shermanspioneerfarmproduce.com.

 

#22 Tulip Valley Vineyard & Orchard: Home of Red Barn Cider and Tulip Valley Wines, the tasting room is located in the 1920s red barn. Fresh cider and wines available. pen Open Friday 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. 16163 State Route 546, Mount Vernon, tulipvalley.net, (360) 428-6894. 

 

#22 Perkins Variety Apples: Home to over 50 varieties of apples, 5 acres of wine grapes and 3 acres of pears, this farm offers u-pick on select weekends. October’s harvest includes jonagold, gal, piñata, fuji and sweetheart varieties. Farm stand opened regularly. Apple cider, honey, apple butter and other products available. 8243 Sims Road, Sedro Woolley, (360) 856-6986, perkinsvarietyapples.com.

 

#23 Ed’s Apples: Located on 23 acres, each of the apple trees on site has been hand-grafted and planted by Ed. U-pick not available. Varieties include gravensteins, jonagolds, galas, and summer reds. Inquire within about tours and lessons on pruning and care of apple trees in western Washington. Call to make an order. 13420 339th Ave SE, Sultan, (360) 793-1996, edsapples.com.

 

#24 Apple Valley Orchard: Family owned Apple Valley Orchard produces over 60 varieties of specialty apples, pears, wine grapes, honey and farm fresh cider. Call ahead for hours. 8243 Sims Road, Sedro Woolley, (360) 856-6986, jonagold@aol.com.

 

#25 Baylor Farm: Pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and stalks available, as well as wagon rides. Call for group reservations. Admission fee is $1 and includes a pumpkin. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 28511 Ben Howard Road, Monroe, (360) 793-0822.

 

#26 Williams Pioneer Pumpkin Patch: Many varieties of pumpkins to pick from the vine, weekend hayrides, squash, decorative items and more. Open Thursday 1 to 6 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. New location this year. 88th & 267th St NW, Stanwood, (360) 629-3580. 

 

#27 Pumpkins in the Park & Scarecrow Row: This event will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 and includes a scavenger hunt, hayrides, pumpkin bowling, and more. Build-Your-Own Scarecrow is available for kids (limited to the first 100 who register). Open 1 to 4 p.m. Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish.

 

#28 The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation: Presents “Sample the Apple and Pear Harvest” on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Washington State University Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center (WSU-NWREC), 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Hosted in cooperation with WSU-NWREC, the event includes sampling of sweet cider and a demonstration of the open center or vase type pruning technique which is well adapted to stone fruits.  Participants will be able to sample and take home many of the late apple and pear varieties in the WWFRF Fruit Garden, many of which are antique varieties. The event is free for members of WWFRF.  Participation for non-members is $15 (Single) or $30 (Family). Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, go to www.nwfruit.org.

 

#29 Cascadian Farm: Enjoy the pumpkin patch, as well as fruits and vegetables, ice cream, jellies and more. 55749 Highway 20, Rockport (between Rockport and Marblemount), (360) 853-8173, meyer@cfarm.com.

 

#30 Laurel Farm and Western Supply Fall Festival: Participants can bring in their pumpkins for the annual pumpkin weigh-in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. 325 W. Laurel Road, Bellingham, (360) 398-1216, laurelfarmsupply.com.

 

#31 Hauck’s Orchard & Produce: Certified Naturally Grown specialty orchard producing honeycrisp apples, Asian pears, and more. Call for hours through Oct. 27. 1920 Harksell Road, Ferndale, (360) 384-5967, haucksorchard.com.

–Becca Schwarz Cole

 

Published in the October 2014 issue of Grow Northwest

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