Several of you have told me you’d like to support a smaller, family farm with your pumpkin dollars. Frankly, they’re harder to find, so I was delighted to get a note from Jonathan of Filbert Acres.
Jonathan and his wife grow vegetables, and yes, pumpkins, on their farm off Pioneer. They use organic practices, which means you can get your gourd on free of pesticides and spray. Now, this is a small patch in a real farm. You’re not going to find mazes or popcorn machines. You Will get to help your kids choose a pumpkin sitting right where it grew!
The farm is on that curvy piece of Pioneer between Puyallup and Tacoma (if you keep following it, it goes past the Puyallup Cemetery and the Emerald Queen Casino). It’s this funny little piece of the city that feels like the country. Nearby is Swan Creek, one of my favorite urban wild rambles. It’s also near Watson’s Nursery, which also has a lot of fun things for kiddos to check out (assuming they’re past the flower picking stage)!
Here are a couple things to know if you decide to make Filbert’s Acres your new patch:
- The patch is open Fridays and Saturdays only.
- There aren’t other activities at the patch, so don’t go looking for slingshots or pony rides here. You Will have the chance to show your kiddos pumpkins right in the fields where they grew-pretty cool, if you think about it!
- In addition to carving pumpkins, you can purchase sugar pumpkins or other interesting varieties. If you want to actually cook a pumpkin and make a pie with it, you want to get a sugar pumpkin.
- Jonathan and his wife, Allison, would love to talk to you about their CSA program. They don’t actually have Filberts (Hazelnuts) right now, due to a recent blight (farming isn’t for cowards!), but they do plan on having organic hazelnuts from an Oregon farm mid month.
- If you’re coming from a distance, I would call first. As with any family run, working farm, wear appropriate shoes and clothing and be prepared to do a bit of fending for yourself. Once you arrive, drive to the house at the end of the driveway, and they’ll be glad to give you directions.
For more farm fun, you might want to read my post about apple picking and cider making at Terry’s Berries. My hubby reported they’ve put signs up for would-be cider makers, so hopefully, things will be a bit smoother now. You can check out more pumpkin options in my South Sound Pumpkin Patch list. Know a great pumpkin place that I should add? Just let me know!