weather finally starts to change in this beautiful area, we can't help but
mourn the loss of our sunshine and blue skies. However, this also brings about
the vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, and browns from our trees. Local corn is
ready to be harvested, pumpkins from countless pumpkin patches adorn many
houses, stores, and offices, and the chill in the air urges us to find a warm
blanket and steaming mug of hot cocoa. Many of my friends are already looking
forward to everything this season has to offer.
think of October, I am immediately reminded of hunting for the perfect pumpkin
in one of the many farms around, or getting hopelessly lost in the Maiz
(Corn) Maze until my wife, armed with a map, comes to the rescue. Of all
the states I have lived in, Washington is by far the most eventful area around
this time of year. All
around the area, from Kent to Orting and all the way out to Fall City, pumpkin
patches sprout up to display their unique take on the season. Though urban
areas, such as West Seattle, Downtown Seattle, and Bellevue are less likely to
have anything in the way of pumpkin patches, it can definitely worth taking the
drive down south a bit, especially since many of the farms are quite close to
highways. One patch
that I love is Mosby Farm. This U-Pick patch is located at the intersection
of Highway 18 and Auburn Black Diamond Road, with easy access from Federal
Way, Kent, Covington, and Sumner to name a few. They, like other farms, have
all sorts of pumpkins - big, small, decorative, pie pumpkins, etc. as well as
corn stalks. They also have weekend tractor pulled hay rides if you are
looking for a tour of the farm. Mosby Farms also offers a range of other
produce and is committed to sustainability and quality of all their
produce. They grow their foods " the old-fashioned way: no
genetically modified organisms, no unsafe cultivation practices and careful
attention to how our vegetables are picked, handled and stored." Another
pumpkin patch that is very popular is Scholz
Farm in Orting. Situated
at 12920 State Route 162 East, this farm is close to Puyallup, South Hill,
Graham, and Bonney Lake. It has tons of fresh seasonal produce year round, a
fun U-Pick patch, and a free corn maze! This fourth generation farm offers
painted pumpkins, gourds, squash, and other fall crops. I often find myself
stopping by to pick up a jar of their delicious raw honey!
patch, though a little farther out, is Thomasson Family Farm in Enumclaw.
Situated close to Flaming Geyser State Park, it would be the ideal place if you
are coming from Enumclaw, Buckley, the east end of Covington, OR if you have
elementary school kids and don’t mind a drive! Be sure you check out the link
to their homepage and take note of their directions, as GPS will steer you
wrong! Along with the standard U-Pick pumpkin field and corn maze, this place
is overflowing with extra amenities: hay maze for the little ones, hay wagon
ride, tractor train, sling shot, face painting, Kid’s Corral, and my kids’
favorite (and possibly mine as well), the Corn Box! Built like a giant sandbox
with hay bales for sides, this favorite is filled with nine tons of corn to
wade through, slide into, and jump in. This farm can get pricey with fees for
access to each section, but it is well worth it, as you could easily spend all day corralling your children to all the excitement, or embracing your own inner child.
all the excitement around, it is hard not to get caught up in the spirit (no
pun intended). This is only a few of the highlights in the area, but there are
many other farms out there, each with their own flare and niche so do some
research, find your favorite, and show support by telling all your friends
about them! Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more home tips, area news,
and homebuying guidelines!
Author:Gini Anderson Phone: 253-988-0180 Dated: October 16th 2013 Views: 903 About Gini: Making Clients For Life!
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