A few of you have asked about apple picking. It’s one of our family’s favorite traditions too, so I’ll be working on a post this week. I do think it’s probably going to be late this year because of our cool summer.
Want guaranteed farm fun? You’ll want to check out one of the upcoming Harvest Fest Events.
The East King County event will be September 24th, and the Pierce County event is Saturday, October 1st. Tours are self-guided; you can pick up a route map or use the interactive tool at the site and visit as many participating farms as you want.
Some stops will have organized activities like tractor rides or tastings. Others will simply invite you to explore. Some are quite large, while others are literally mom & pop operations. The first year we did this, our fist stop was a small alpaca farm, and after driving down their rutted driveway I immediately stepped into the smelliest puddle ever. It was loads of fun after that.
But, yeah-wear boots and appropriate clothing and bring along your spirit of adventure.
The events are free, though there is a suggested donation of 5.00, and I’d bring a little cash in case you want to treat yourself to some garden fresh goodies.
If you’re one of my readers in Gig Harbor or the Peninsula, you don’t get left out. The Key Peninsula Farm Tour is also October 1st. It’s the same idea, with a different group doing the organizing.
For my Thurston area readers, Wilcox Farms out in Roy is doing their own Harvest Fest on October 1st with free egg dishes. Yum! I heard from several readers who did their Easter event and said it was fantastic. There are a number of other farms in Thurston with lots of fun events, from cider making to pumpkin patches, but I haven’t found any big joint event yet. I’ll let you know if I do!