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Cloud Mountain’s annual Fall Fruit Festival Oct. 3-4

Oct 1st, 2015 | Category: Features

Now in its 26th year, the annual Fall Fruit Festival at the Cloud Mountain Farm Center just keeps getting better.

The festival offers visitors a chance to try over 200 varieties of apples, European and Asian pears, kiwis, table and wine grapes, unusual and uncommon fruits and cider throughout both days. COURTESY PHOTO

The festival offers visitors a chance to try over 200 varieties of apples, European and Asian pears, kiwis, table and wine grapes, unusual and uncommon fruits and cider throughout both days. COURTESY PHOTO

Held this year on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4, the festival offers visitors a chance to try over 200 varieties of apples, European and Asian pears, kiwis, table and wine grapes, unusual and uncommon fruits and cider throughout both days. Additional events and activities include Julia’s Pumpkin Patch, fun projects for children, cider pressing, and live music. Cloud Mountain’s retail nursery kicks off the fall fruit tree sale; visitors buying two trees can get one free.

Mallard Ice Cream will be on site featuring ice cream flavors made from fruit picked at Cloud Mountain this summer. Goat Mountain Pizza will be serving their pizza and salads also featuring produce from Cloud Mountain.

Returning for a fifth year to the music stage is Bridge, comprised of four Whatcom County: Brian Cunningham, Cary Stevens, Keith Carpenter and Lynne Givler. They will be joined by Brian Butler, of Seattle. The band will play 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission to the event is $3.50 per person or $9 per carload. Children under 5 are free. Please leave the dog at home. All proceeds will benefit Cloud Mountain Farm Center’s education programs.

Hours are Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center has been a working farm since 1978. Started by Tom and Cheryl Thornton, the farm grows a wide variety of vegetables, tree fruits as well as some berries and wine and table grapes. In 2011, Cloud Mountain became a nonprofit educational farm center with a farm intern program fully integrated into all aspects of the farm and a vegetable processing facility designed to help get fresh produce from local farmers into institutional markets, such as schools and hospitals. In addition, CMFC propagates and grows fruit trees, nut trees, berry plants and ornamental trees and plants, sold on site.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center is located at 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson and can be reached at (360) 966-5859. The upcoming workshop schedule and other details are available online at www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

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