Looking to check out a real, live farm during harvest time? Here is a list of local farms hosting harvest events for you to check out! Stay tuned for our Halloween and community based Harvest Fest guides, coming soon!
GreenPlay Cooperative Maple Valley Pumpkin Carving and Cider Pressing at the Mason Jar Farm in Enumclaw
September 24th, 10AM-2PM The public is invited to this event. Fresh cider making, animals, farm and craft vendors, drum circle, and more fun. Lake Wilderness Arboretum Pay as you will, though a 15.00 per family donation is suggested.
Pumpkin Carving and Cider Pressing at the Mason Jar Farm in Enumclaw
September 24th 11AM-3PM carve your pumpkins, press cider, and more. Free to attend, though a 10.00 donation per family is suggested.
Saturday, October 1st 10AM–4PM Hay rides, pumpkin launcher, and more family fun at Sehmel Park
Saturday, October 1st. A full day of free fun with crafts, entertainment, and more. Bring some money for vendors.
Each of Tacoma’s community centers will offer a free harvest fest with pumpkins, fall crafts, and other autumn fun.
Squash and Squeeze Festival Sunday, October 2nd
A Farm-Fresh Fall Festival for the Whole Family! Our 3rd Annual event will take place on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 right here at Wild Hare. We hope you’ll join us and celebrate the harvest with some good, old-fashioned organic fun! We’ll have a day of games & activities, cidermaking, pumpkin patch tromping, recipe exchanges, and, depending on weather, puddle jumping! Note that cider making will only be available on the 1st and 2nd this year. The orchard is not open for apple picking, but there are plenty of fruits and vegetables in the farm store! This is the former Terry’s Berries on River Road, and it’s an organic farm. If that’s important to you, this is a great place to support!
Saturday, October 1st, 12:00pm-5:00pm
Farm tours, pumpkin stand, and other fun. Last year, this event was 20.00 for a car load and included a pumpkin. I don’t see that information this year; we’re working on getting it for you.
Mountain Lodge Farm Open House, Eatonville
These events are open to the public and are a great way to learn more about our animals, cheeses, and to ask questions about farm life. Tour the barns, peek inside the creamery, taste cheese and soak up the beautiful scenery. Be sure to wear appropriate closed-toe footwear with which you can step into a shallow sanitation bath. Bring layers, friends, kiddos and prepare for a fun day! Note-We don’t see dates for this fall posted yet. We’ll update this post when we get more scoop.
Saturday, October 1st, 10:00am-4:00pm
Free admission at this event where you can explore the wide variety of farming activities, feed the animals, and pick apples.
Beyond the South Sound
Sept. 6th – Sept. 23rd Toddler WeekDAYS : 10:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m. *LIMITED ATTRACTIONS*
Sept. 6th – 18th : WEEKENDS Open 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 24th – Oct. 30th* : Open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fall Harvest Festival, weekends only (*closed on weekdays)
The farm features kiddie rides, u-pick pumpkins, and a market with items for sale. This is a day trip from the South Sound. While pricy, it is a super fun day for young kiddos, with some raving that it’s as awesome as the fair. Every once in a while they are on Groupon-it’s worth a look.
Saturday, September 26
Celebrate the “good old days” by bringing the whole family to Duvall for a day of fun, learning, and reminiscing at the Duvall Heritage Festival. Learn how the pioneers lived and worked. Watch a blacksmith at work or try your hand at making corn dollies. Look at antique tractors. Saw some logs using traditional hand saws, churn butter, and wash clothes the old-fashioned way. Guided tours include the farmhouse, a restored logging bunk house, milk house, and old tool display. A pioneer cemetery is also located on this site. There is fun for all ages and free admission. Free parking is available at Holy Innocents Catholic Church just east of the Dougherty Farmstead on Cherry Valley Road. Go here for all the details!
Do note that farms vary from true mom and pop spots to full scale, commercial operations. I’d urge you to double check with any spot before you head out, so you don’t arrive and find that plans have changed. I also recommend wearing clothes that can get muddy, and bring along some spending money. Farming is a tough business, and it’s nice to support the folks working hard to bring you tasty things!