The harvest months are a special time to honor and celebrate the bounty of our agricultural heritage in Puget Sound. Throughout September and October you'll find a plethora of events, festivals, harvest dinners, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and farm tours meant to help us connect to the land and the seasons and the importance of healthy farms, healthy food and healthy communities. There is no better place to learn about local agriculture and how it important they are to the health and well being of our food system than at the farm. Besides, you can have a whole lot of fun "down on the farm!" Photo courtesy of Whatcom County Farm Tour.
TIPS FOR FARM TOURS
- It can get muddy out there! Wear appropriate clothes and shoes.
- Check ahead - call first or visit farm websites or Facebook pages to confirm hours
- Please leave pets at home for everyone's safety. Working farms have farm animals.
14th Annual 100-Mile Friends of the Field Harvest Dinner
September 28, 2013 5-8 PM
Sunland Country Club, Sequim
The North Olympic Peninsula is one of only a few places in the U.S. that can actually offer a unique dining experience like the 100-Mile Harvest Celebration Dinner. Dine on an amazing array of fresh local ingredients, procured from within 100 miles of Sequim and prepared by talented local chefs. Each course of this unusual and delicious dinner will dazzle your palate. The dinner will also feature a Silent Auction, live music, local beer and wine, and the warmth and camaraderie that have made the Sequim community famous. Seating is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door. All net proceeds go to protect farmland in Clallam County.
Cloud Mountain Farm Annual Fall Fruit Festival
October 5 - 6, 2013 Saturday 10 AM-5 PM Sunday 11 AM-4 PM
6906 Goodwin Road, Everson
An annual event for over two decades, we have close to 200 varieties of common and uncommon fruits, ciders, nuts, plus rare fruit jellies and sauces for you to taste and enjoy. The best part is that they are all fruits you can grow in Northwest Washington! It is quite a culinary education. Live music provides a pleasant background for this event. Julia's Pumpkin Patch features U-pick and we-pick pumpkins and gourds for the festival and throughout the month of October. This is a fun-filled family event that many people attend - we hope you will join us! Small admission fee, no registration required.
Clallam County 17th Annual Harvest Celebration Farm Tour
October 5, 2013 10 AM-4 PM
Tour local farms throughout Clallam County! See farm animals, taste local foods, listen to live music, and participate in hay rides, corn mazes, cooking demos, and family activities of all kinds. $10 per carload gets you into all participating farms. $10 per carload. For more information call 360-417-2279. Sponsored by WSU Clallam County Extension.
15th Annual Harvest Celebration
September 21, 2013 10 AM-3 PM
Multiple locations, Clark County
Tour 14 local farms across Clark County at the 15th Annual Harvest Celebration Day. This family friendly and free event features kid's activities, apple fest, honey harvesting, garlic, fest, tours, draft horses, alpacas, and farm markets.
GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY
4th Annual Farm City Dinner
September 20, 2013, 6-9 PM
Montesano Moose Lodge, 3 Monte Elma Road, Montesano
Enjoy an evening celebrating the local agricultural industry and honoring a number of agricultural producers for their contributions to the industry. Awards include: Lifetime Achievement, Youth Involvement in Agriculture, National Recognition and a Pioneer award given to an agricultural producer who has grown a new crop in the area. Presented by WSU Extension and the Montesano Chamber of CommerceFor more information, contact Don Tapio WSU/Grays Harbor Extension at 360-482-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Whidbey Island Farm Tour
September 21-22, 2013, 10 AM-4 PM
Enjoy at self-guided tour of 14 farms on Whidbey Island that are raising all kinds of crops and livestock, including over 200 varieties of fruits and veggies and dozens of types of animals for meat, eggs, dairy, fiber, and fun! Many farmers are also creating value-added products directly from what they raise. Taste locally made cheese, jam, or spirits. Learn about Community Supported Agriculture. See how farms are raising grass-fed and free-range beef cows, goats, sheep, hogs, and fowl. Meet friendly alpacas, llamas, and horses. Many farms will be hosting other farmers, food purveyors, and entertainers, so there is bound to be something for everyone! Please note that some farms are offering events at specific times, and a few are open one day only.
Jefferson County Farm Tour
September 14-15, 2013, 10 AM-4 PM
Jefferson County Farms are located in and around Port Townsend, Marrowstone Island, Discovery Bay, Chimacum, Port Ludlow, Quilcene, and Brinnon. Saturday September 14th six fiber farms will host spinning, weaving, roving and plant dye demonstrations. Sunday September 15th 24 commercial farms will offer tours of animals, cheese making, apple tastings, shellfish farming, and more! Many farms will host food vendors serving locally inspired dishes, and there will be lots of farm activities for the kids and more! The Port Townsend Food Coop, Sponsored by WSU Extension Jefferson County, Port Townsend Food Coop, Port Townsend Farmers Market Association, Chimacum Corner Farmstand and Quilcene Village Store. Free (suggested donation of $5.00). For more information Contact Kellie Henwood at email@example.com or (360) 379-5610 ext. 201.
Edible Pedal and Pig Roast
September 14-15, see website for hours
Multiple locations, Jefferson County
Strap on your bike helmet for a 2-day biking tour of 25 food and fiber farms between Port Townsend and Quilcene on the Olympic Peninsula. There are detailed maps produced by the Port Townsend Biking Association that show where the farms are open each day, allowing cyclists to choose their route based on farms or distance. Saturday evening is a heritage Berkshire pig roast at the Chimacum Farmstand with live music, a beer, wine, and cider garden, and fresh farm dishes. Tickets for dinner are a total bargain at only $15. If you're staying the night, there are tons of camping options at nearby state parks or on the grounds of Chimacum Elementary.
Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair
September 7, 2013 10 AM-4 PM
Meridian Park at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. North, Seattle
Celebrate the harvest season and join all the fun at Seattle's Annual Harvest Fair, featuring urban farming, local food and vendors! Activities and workshops like gardening classes, compost demos, visits with chickens, goats and honey bees, an organic farmers market and a host of community organizations will help you learn how to grow more of your own food, support our local food system and get involved in the community. Lots of delicious food, live music and special activities for the little ones will be on hand.
September 12, 2013, 3-6 PM
Lake City Farmers Market, Seattle
Celebrate one of Washington's most famous and prolific local farm products: APPLES! The celebration is free and open to the public, and features an apple tasting, apple recipes, cider samples, kids' activities, and all kinds of helpful information about the many apple varieties grown by local farmers!
Snoqualmie Valley Farm Tour
September 21, 2013, 10 AM-3 PM
Multiple locations, Snoqualmie Valley
SnoValley Tilth is hosting a Snoqualmie Valley Farm Tour. This will be a free event (suggested donation $10 per family are appreciated) open to the public with fantastic farms ready and waiting to share their passion for agriculture with you including Alpacas at Legacy Ranch, Baxter Barn, Dancing Crow Farm, Dog Mountain Farm, First Light Farm, Local Roots Farm, Mezza Luna Farm and Oxbow Farm. When the tours are over, head over to our annual Farm Faire and Pig Roast. Tickets available now ($20 for adults, kids 12 and under free).!
Duvall Heritage Festival
September 28, 2013, 10 AM-4 PM
Dougherty House and Farmstead, 26520 Cherry Valley Road, Duvall
Celebrate the "good old days" by bringing the whole family to Duvall for a day of fun, learning, and reminiscing at the historic Dougherty House and Farmstand. Learn how the pioneers lived and work; watch a blacksmith at work and a field being plowed the old fashioned way (with mules). Look at antique tractors, shell some corn, make cider, braid rope, churn butter, and wash clothes the old-fashioned way! Antique quilts from the late 19th century will also be on display along with guided tours including the farmhouse, a restored logging bunk house, milk house and old tool display. Kick up your heels and dance to the square dance music of Tinker's Dram or relax and listen to folk music and stories.
Remlinger Farms Fall Harvest Festival
September 28-29 & every weekend in October, 10 AM-6 PM
32610 NE 32nd Street, Carnation
The Northwest's largest fall harvest festival returns this year at Remlinger Farms. You and your family will have a blast on exciting rides including: Authentic Steam Train Rides, Hand-led Pony Trail Rides, Hay Maze and Hay Jump, 4-H Barnyard Animals, Roller Coaster, Flying Pumpkins, Climbing Wall, Mini-Swing Carousel, Spinning Barrels, Moon Jump, Northwest Animals Display, Giant Slide, Pedal Go-Carts, Antique Electric Car Ride (straight from the 1962 World's Fair) and much more!! And don't miss out on all the Farm Festival foods while you pause and listen to the live entertainment featuring Eric Ode!! Finally, visit the "Time Bandit" Corn Maze and pick your favorite pumpkin from the 10 acre pumpkin patch - the Fresh Farm Fun never stops at Remlinger Farms.
Oxbow Farm Pumpkin Festival
September 28, 2013, 10 AM-2PM
10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation
An event to please all ages, hay rides,the pumpkin patch and bobbing for apples. Maybe you'll try your hand at climbing the greased pole, or cider pressing. We'll have lots of popcorn popping, a scavenger hunt, fun farm crafts and games, live music and delicious food trucks to keep you sated! We'll even have our farm stand open if you want to pick up some of our finest vegetables to take home. Come join us to celebrate the harvest season, and lots of Fun on the Farm! $5 advance ~ $7 at the door
Great Pumpkin Weighoff & Harvest Festival at Rockridge Orchards & Cidery
September 29, 2013, 10 AM-5 PM
40709 264th Avenue, Enumclaw
Come see the Giant Pacific NW Giant Pumpkin Grower Assocation Weightoff at Noon. Fun for the whole family including live music, BBQ, espresso, sweet cider and sodas, face painting, hay bale maze, pumpkin decorating and indoor pumpkin patch. For grownups there's hard cider, beer & wine tasting. Meet local brewers and enjoy lots of pumpkin beers!
An Incredible Feast
October 6, 2013, 6-9 PM
Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Avenue NW, Seattle
Where the farmers are stars! The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance is bringing the Farm Dinner to Seattle! Feast on a cornucopia of incredible dishes prepared by Seattle's top chefs, with raw ingredients supplied by local farmers and fishers, and enjoy an evening of music and games at beautiful Swanson's Nursery. All proceeds support the Good Farmer Fund and the Neighborhood Farmers Market.
Oxbow Harvest Hoedown
October 6, 2013, 10 AM-2 PM
Oxbow Farm, 10819 Carnation-Duvall Road NE., Carnation
An event to please all ages, hay rides, the pumpkin patch and bobbing for apples. Maybe you'll try your hand at climbing the greased pole, or cider pressing. We'll have lots of popcorn popping, a scavenger hunt, fun farm crafts and games, live music, food and cooking demos and delicious food trucks to keep you sated! We'll even have our farm stand open if you want to pick up some of our finest vegetables to take home. You are welcome to either bring a picnic to enjoy in the Kid's Farm or buy lunch at the farm from one of several amazing food trucks.
Country Village Harvest Festival
October 12-13, 2013, 11 AM-5 PM
23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell
Stroll the grounds decorated with corn stalks and pumpkins while you enjoy 40 unique craft booths featuring one-of-a-kind items made by local artisans. Paint a pumpkin! Pumpkins and paints are included. Also, face painting, pony rides, train rides and much more! Delicious food and a family friendly beer & wine garden on site!
October 19, 2013, 10 AM- 1PM
Univeristy District Farmers Market, Seattle
Celebrate one of Washington's most famous and prolific local farm products: APPLES! The celebration is free and open to the public and features an apple tasting, free apple recipes, cider samples and all kinds of helpful information about the many apple varieties grown by local farmers. Local family farms produce an astounding selection of delicious heirloom apple varieties, many of which can only be found at the farmers market (or on the farm!).
Kitsap Community Food Co-Op Harvest Dinner
September 7, 2013, 6-9 PM
Spend a relaxing evening at our annual harvest dinner fundraiser, featuring local food from around Kitsap County. The Kitsap Community Food Co-op is a start up and is excited to bring people together to share in good food and drink while helping raise money to get the co-op doors open. The dinner will be served at a beautiful private home garden and patio featured in this year's Bremerton Edible Garden Tour. Ticket price includes garden tour, local beer and wine, appetizers, four course meal, and dessert. Entrée: Braised Pork with a vinegar pepper sauce or vegetarian option of stuffed baked summer squash. Catering services donated by Eileen France of Sweets and Savories and entertainment will feature the Duncan Creek String Quartet. And of course there will be a bounty of good company and conversation
Petersen Farm Fall Fair
September 15, 2013, 10 AM-5 PM
12450 Petersen Lane NW, Silverdale
Help preserve local agriculture and build a local food network in Kitsap County while having fun at a historic Silverdale farm! Come to this family-themed fair and enjoy hayrides, hay bale maze, carnival games, live music, farm tours, vendors and much more! Proceeds from the Petersen Farm Fall Fair support the Kitsap Agricultural & Community Alliance (KCAA) and the Kitsap Community Food Co-op (KCFC), who are partnered in this effort to increase access to local food to the Kitsap community.
Friends of the Farms Harvest Fair
Sunday, September 29, 2013, 11 AM-5 PM
Johnson Farm, Bainbridge Island
This educational and fun event brings community together to celebrate, appreciate and nuture local farming. Not just for the kids, Harvest Fair encourages everyone to take a day and spend it on the farm. bring your own apples and learn to make cider in the Fair Orchard, meet local farmers, enjoy yummy local food, talk with master gardeners, snuggle with 4-H petting zoo critters, sample local beverages at the beer and wine garden, take a tractor or horse-drawn wagon ride, enter the biggest zucchini and/or pie contest. Or, simply take in seven hours of sumptious local food and music while sitting on a hay bale, enjoying a beautiful day in the country. Coming from Seattle? No problem, free park and ride shuttles with pick up at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal for each ferry arrival from Seattle.
Restoration Ranch Harvest Celebration
October 5, 11 AM- sunset, October 18, 4 PM-8PM, October 19, 10 AM-sunset
October 20, 3 PM-sunset
20192 Clear Creek Road Northwest, Poulsbo
Restoration Ranch is a family run farm located just 5 minutes from downtown Poulsbo. We are excited to announce our first annual TRIVIA corn maze where your answer determines the direction you take! Join us on October 5 for a grand opening with special guest: Karolyn Grimes who played "Zuzu" in "It's a Wonderful Life." We will also feature a pumpkin patch, silly games such as "cabbage bowl," corn cob toss, "spoon a veggie" catapult and more. Activities are hosted by the Gathering Church and Grace Point Church. Our small animal petting area features two wonderful bunnies and Silkie chicks.
32nd Annual OysterFest 2013
October 5-6, 2013, Saturday 10 AM-6 PM, Sunday 10 AM-5 PM
Oysters, wines, microbrews, live music and so much more come together for two days every year on the first weekend in October. Attended by thousands, OysterFest is home to the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships and is Washington State's official seafood festival. The festival also features a popular cook-off, hands-on water quality exhibits, and is itself a giant a food pavilion with nearly 100 unique items on the menu: BBQ oysters, fritters, spring rolls, garlic shrimp, fresh cider and so much more.
Fife Harvest Festival
October 5, 2013, 7 AM-8 PM
2820 54th Avenue East, Fife
This free festival at Dacca Park has brown in size since its inception in 2005 and has a ton of activities, rain or shine. Highlights include Council Corn on the Cob, hay rides, petting zoo, the Fife Harvest 5K, pumpkin bowling, pony rides, "hoppin" horses, a prize hay pile, cow milking, stuff a scarecrow, plenty of live music and to top things off, fireworks.
5th Annual Harvest Fest at Tahoma Farms
October 5, 2013, 11 AM-4 PM
21108 Orrville Road East, Orting
Come celebrate the harvest with Tahoma Farms! The fifth annual Harvest Fest will feature fun fall activities, including hay rides, scavenger hunts, and a sunchoke maze! Enjoy live music as you explore our farm, meet our goats, savor gourmet goodies from food trucks, and purchase items from local vendors. Price of admission includes one free U-pick pumpkin! $15 per carload.
Banquet of Bounty: A Farm to Fork Fundraising Celebration
October 11, 2013, 6:30-9 PM
Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma
The Tacoma Farmers Market Board presents "Banquet of Bounty" our annual fundraising dinner that connects our community to our farms. The event encourages us to remember that our vibrant agricultural heritage is alive and well in Pierce County and beyond. As the Tacoma Farmers Market approaches 25 years, the local food offered at Banquet of Bounty will remind you that farming has helped grow our region for over a hundred years- and that we are fortunate to have such a bounty of locally grown food. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Matt Stickle and we are honored to welcome special guest speaker Molly Wizenberg, award-winning food blogger (Orangette) and author of the New York Times bestseller ‘A Homemade Life'.
PCC Farmland Trust Fall Farm Tour
October 12, 2013, 11 AM-4PM
Multiple locations, Puyallup Valley
Learn all about the challenges and rewards of sustainable farming, and enjoy plenty of farm-fresh goods for sale along the way on this free and family friendly, multi-farm tour celebration. Grab some cash, your reusable totes and come out to the Valley to support these hard-working farmers by purchasing their organic produce, eggs, organic chicken, pork and more. This event will take place outdoors, rain or shine and participants should make sure to wear weather appropriate attire. There are plenty of fun animals to visit, so please leave your pets at home!
Burlington Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch
September 28, 2013, 10 AM-3 PM
Skagit River Park, Burlington
Picture this..medieval type machines hurling pumpkins through the air, zucchini car races, pumpkin pating contests and lots of kids activities, all for free!Located in scenic Skagit County, Burlington is a spectacular place to bring the family for harvest fun. Festivities include pumpkin patch, pie eating contest, make your own pumpkin cookies, zucchini car races, pumpkin painting and more.
Celebrate Skagit Harvest 14th Annual Dinner and Auction
September 28, 2013, 5:30 PM-9 PM
St. Joseph Center, 215 N. 15th Street, Mount Vernon
Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland presents an "Evening of Diamonds and Denim."Support SPF's critical work to protect Skagit agriculture and celebrate the fall bounty. The evening includes appetizers and champagne, raffles, live and silent auctions, musical entertainment and dinner featuring the fall bounty of Skagit Valley, artfully prepared by a team of guest chefs. Wear your bling and blue jeans! You won't want to miss it!
Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms
October 5-6, 2013, 10 AM-4 PM
Multiple locatons, Skagit County
This free event is a once a year opportunity where family farms across Skagit County open their barn door just for you! Come explore and learn down on the farm. During the festival weekend you can participate in a very special time to celebrate and share in the bounty of local agriculture and connect with the farmers that provide a variety of locally grown foods and goods. You will learn how these farms maintain their generational heritage while participating in activities including farm tours, harvest markets, educational displays, demonstrations, kid's activities, corn and hay mazes, animal exhibits, pumpkin patches, hayrides, food, music, and lots of fun.
Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins
Bailey Vegetables & Pumpkin Patch, Bob's Corn & Pumpkin Patch, Carleton Farm, Craven Farm, Stockers Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, The Farm at Swan's Trail
Share a tradition cherished by countless Puget Sound families. Our 200,000 visitors each year will tell you it's way more than pumpkins! Fresh country air, wide open spaces, children's activities, food, pumpkin patches, corn mazes....tons of fun activities for all ages. Visit all SIX farms!
Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl
September 14-15, 2013, 10 AM-5 PM
Alexander Farm, Everett
Eye-popping! Outrageous trebuchets hurl farm-fresh pumpkins over 1800 feet! Conestant teams build and bring their own machines and battle for the title "Champion of the Northwest Pumpkin Hurl." It's also the most action packed pumpkin event you've ever seen!
Port Susan Harvest Jubilee Farm Tour
September 28-29, 2013
Multiple locations, Silvana, Stanwood & Camano Island
Each farm offers something for the whole family with farm products for purchase, exhibits, demonstrations and presentations to inspire future farmers and food entrepreneurs, as well as to entertain with tours and hay rides. Festival goers can purchase farm-raised beef, pork and poultry as well as honey, fresh eggs, fruits and vegetables. Rain or shine farmers will welcome you to their farms so come prepared to have fun and get a little mud on your shoes! Farms will be open 10am to 5pm on September 28 and 10am to 4 pm on September 29. Tour maps will be available at our hospitality station located in the parking lot of Skagit Farmers Supply located at: 8815 272nd Street NW, Stanwood.
Sky Valley Farm Festival
October 12, 2013, 10 AM-5 PM
Multiple farms along Lower Fern Bluff Road, between Sultan and Monroe
The Sky Valley Farm Festival celebrates their local hardworking farming community and rich agricultural history. Park once and the Western Heritage Center will ferry you from farm to farm in antique tractor wagons along the beautiful Lower Fern Bluff Road between Sultan and Monroe. We invite everybody to "get their mud on" while spending the day enjoying the sights, smells and sounds on the ranch. Boot up and prepare to get dirty as you pet cows, ride horses and stomp through the corn maze and pumpkin patch. Photo credit: Debbie Copple
Farms Forever: A Dinner for the Benefit of Farmland Preservation
September 21, 2013, 430-8:30 PM
Expo Center, Thurston County Fairgrounds
Join us for a dinner from local farms, crafted by local chefs with a passion for farmland preservation. Also featuring local wines and cider, live and silent auctions filled with food and farm related items and fun for all! All proceeds support the farmland acquistion program of the South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust.
October 12-13, 19-20, 2013, 11 AM-4:30 PM
Washington Chestnut Company, 6160 Everson-Goshen Road
Our chestnut farm is only open on these four days this year. U-pick and pre-picked chestnuts available. Bring thick leather gloves and boots, and if it is raining, dress for the weather. Never tasted a chestnut before? We will be sampling some of our chestnuts.
Ferndale Harvest Festival
October 13, 2013, 10 AM-3 PM
Centennial River Walk Park, Ferndale
Celebrate the closing day of the Public Market with pumpkin painting, pumpkin carving, lots of activities for the kids, market vendors and more. Bring the family and friendly dogs in costume with a prize for best dressed!
Lynden Corn Maze
Friday-Sunday starting Labor Day weekend through end of September. See website for hours
Whatcom County Farm Tour
September 14, 2013 10 AM-5 PM
Mutliple locations, Whatcom County
A FREE, family friendly self guided tour of what our region has to offer! Enjoy tours, tastings, educational activities and more - featuring 12 stops; 9 farms, 2 wineries and 1 Farmers Market. Taste and learn about products from yarn and fiber, soaps and salves, pork, beef, fruits, veggies, peonies and other garden delights, to wine, mushrooms and more. Visit our website for more info, where to pick up the Guide, driving directions and details on the VIP Tour Package!
Whatcom Harvest Dinner
September 29, 2013, 4-9 PM
BelleWood Acres Farm, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden
The Whatcom Harvest Dinner is a family-friendly event that raises awareness about local food-based education opportunities, supports and celebrates local farmers and fishers and the bounty our region has to offer, and our ability to experience and access healthy, local food for our children and community. Come enjoy a delectable evening with live music, great food and benefit a good cause. Proceeds from the event will go towards the following food, farming, and sustainability focused nonprofit organizations; Explorations Academy, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Sustainable Connections Food to Bank On program, Common Threads Farm and Slow Food Fourth Corner. Sliding scale pricing and scholarship tickets are availabe to ensure everyone can afford to attend.