Northwest NEWS

October 4, 1999

Local News

Area farms celebrate harvest under blue skies

fun in the hay

Visitors to the Root Connection enjoyed tours, pumpkins, and crafts.
Photo by Alice Swartz.

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--The Root Connection and Olympic Nursery were local farms among 21 featured King County farms from Woodinville to Enumclaw, as the King County Council declared Oct. 2 as Western Washington Harvest Celebration Day. Pierce, Skagit, Clark, Clallum, Kitsap, Snohomish, and Mason Counties also celebrated the event.

   The events were designed to help local citizens connect with local farmers, educate people about farms and food systems, and help create a fun, stimulating environment for people to understand the benefits of local farms. 1999 also marks the 20th anniversary of King County's Farmland Preservation Program. Farms on the tour ranged from small vegetable production operations to sheep, alpaca, and dairy farms.

   The Root Connection (and Living Legacy Ranch) featured petting pens for kids, with farm animals, crafts, and a pumpkin patch. Farm tours throughout the day included composting demonstrations, the onsite Horsemanship School's student rally, and the produce fields. It is located at 13607 Woodinville-Redmond Road.

   The 70-acre Olympic Nursery features retail and wholesale items grown in Washington and Oregon. They are the future site of a farmers market that will include produce grown onsite by Laotian farmers. It is located at 16507 140th Place NE in Woodinville.

   The Root Connection, hit hard by last month's hail storm, enjoyed a better than expected recovery. Their corn should be ready this week, said owner Claire Thomas. She said they lost about $50,000 in crop sales--especially one and one-half acres of valuable winter squash--but they have salvaged about two-thirds of their pumpkins to sell for Halloween. Their lettuce and other crops have produced prolifically.