Northwest NEWS

September 20, 1999

Home & Garden

Area farms take part in Harvest Celebration Day

   The King County Council has declared Oct. 2 as Western Washington Harvest Celebration Day. Events will help local citizens connect with local farmers; educate people about farms and food systems; and help people understand the benefits of local farms. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of King County's Farmland Preservation Program. While there is no charge for these tours, donations to defray the costs will be accepted.

   A special chef's demonstration using fresh local produce from area farms takes place at Jubilee Farm from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Monday, Sept. 27, the public is invited to a tasting of locally grown produce and other foods as part of a fund raiser and membership drive for the Cascade Harvest Coalition. The Coalition is committed to developing education programs in support of local agriculture. For information and to purchase tickets, call 206-632-6037.

   Remlinger Farms (32610 NE 32nd St., Carnation)--Global pumpkin weigh-off starts at 10 a.m., global phone-in at 2 p.m. This family farm also features U-pick pumpkins, fresh fruit market, gift shop, restaurant, and bakery featuring fresh frozen U-Bake pies. You may purchase tickets for entrance to the separate Harvest Festival area at the farm. From Carnation-Fall City Rd. (SR-203), 1 mile south of Carnation, turn east onto NE 32nd St. The farm is at the end of the road.

   Nestlé's Carnation Dairy Farm (28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd., Carnation)--Guided tours every half-hour starting at 10 a.m. Bring the kids to see the milking parlor (milking from 10-noon), non-graphic video of a calf birth, calf nursery, calf petting area. Visit the Nestlé Museum, antique carriage room, kennels, and formal gardens. You must sign in at the office/gift shop for the start of the tour. From Hwy. 520, take Redmond-Fall City Rd. (SR-202) east towards Fall City. Continue about 5-6 miles and turn north (watch carefully for this turn) onto NE Ames Lake Rd. Continue past where road turns into NE Carnation Farm Rd.; the farm is on the south side of the road.

   Root Connection (Community Supported Agriculture) & Living Legacy Community Ranch (13607 Woodinville-Redmond Rd., Redmond)--Kid's activities include petting pens with farm animals, crafts, and pumpkin patch. Farm tours throughout the day, composting demonstration, farm store with seasonal produce, educational information. Horsemanship School student rally from 10 to noon. On Woodinville-Redmond Rd. (SR-202), 3/4 mile north of NE 124th Street. Park at Living Legacy Community Ranch one driveway north of the Root Connection, on the west (valley) side of the road.

   Serres Farm (20306 NE 50th St., Redmond)--U-pick pumpkins of all kinds, including Giants and Baby Boo, as well as gourds. Corn stalks for decorating. Guided farm tours on the hour include goldenseal herb production area, farm equipment display, and scenic old barn used by Laotian farmers for drying flowers sold at the Pike Place Market. Tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. From Hwy. 520, take Redmond-Fall City Rd. (SR-202) east towards Fall City. At 2 1/2 miles, turn south (right) at the Gray Barn nursery onto Sahalee Way, then take the first right (west) onto NE 50th St. The Farm is 1/4 mile down on the right.

   Olympic Nursery (16507 140th Place NE, Woodinville)--Seventy-acre retail/wholesale and farm operation, nursery features merchandise grown on Washington and Oregon tree farms. Future site of farmers market which will produce grown on site by Laotian farmers. Hourly tours start at the Agricultural Resource Center, last hour at 3 p.m. From Hwy. 522 in Bothell, take the Woodinville-Redmond Exit (SR-202) south. At the third light, turn south on 140th Place NE. The nursery is 1/4 mile down the road on the west side.

   Jubilee Farm (229 West Snoqualmie River Rd., Carnation)--Beautiful organic farm in scenic Snoqualmie Valley. Ride the tractor-drawn pumpkin wagon, go on a hay ride, or shop for seasonal produce inside the restored barn. Tours throughout the day. From Carnation-Fall City Rd. (SR-203), turn west on NE Tolt Hill Rd. just south of Carnation (from Redmond-Fall City Rd., turn east on Tolt). Turn south on W. Snoqualmie Valley River Rd., look for the big white barn in 2.2 miles.

   Fall City Farm (3636 Neal Rd., Fall City)--Adorable sunflower house, pumpkin wall, and jack-o-lantern house for the kids, U-pick pumpkins and squash, farm equipment displays, farm store, scarecrow making. Learn how cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, and chickens all work on the farm. From Redmond-Fall City Rd. (SR-203), take Neal Rd. north just outside of Fall City. Farm is on the east side of Neal Rd.

   Growing Things (11525 Carnation-Duvall Rd. NE, Carnation)--Learn how this small farm manages organic, free-range laying hens, and how a Community Supported Agriculture farm operates. Tours throughout the day. On Duvall-Carnation Rd. (SR-203), just south of the town of Duvall and NE 124th Street. No dogs or pets allowed.