Northwest NEWS

October 1, 2001

Features

Farms open their gates to visitors on Harvest Celebration Day

Bright smiles of delight, grins of discovery, peals of surprised laughter - that's what you can expect when kids of all ages visit King County farms on Harvest Celebration Day, Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And who wouldn't be delighted to meet an alpaca, sheep or miniature cow face to face, walk the fields with a farmer to see them from his or her eyes, and maybe pick up some fresh seasonal farm produce to bring a taste of the country back home?
   In the Woodinville area, the South 47 Farm promises hay rides, a corn maze and other activities especially for kids. Adults will enjoy tours of this ambitious new Sammamish Valley farm, and can browse the information tables to learn why it's important to help protect our precious farmlands.
   Down the road Bamboo Gardens in Redmond offers a peaceful rest amongst the mature bamboo groves and a chance to learn about aquatic plants and ornamental grasses.
   Over the hill in the Snoqualmie Valley scenic Jubilee Farm has been bringing in the harvest with a festive celebration for many years. This year visitors can take a ride in a horse-drawn covered wagon, watch a chef's demo, or hear about how the farmer grows his fabulous heirloom tomatoes in his 90-foot greenhouse.
   Fall City Farms further south is another farm that loves to see the kids come visiting. Kids and their parents can meet the farm animals, learn how to make cider and keep bees, and pick pumpkins and lots of other seasonal fall produce.
   Look for tour maps at the Pike Place Market, Seattle Tilth, libraries and community centers, or go the Web at http://www.metrokc.gov/dchs/cds/WSU-CE/Agriculture/News/FarmTour.htm for a complete list of farms.
   To have a tour map mailed to you, or for more information, please call (206) 205-3105.
   Three Boys Alpacas in Renton has been a favorite stop on the Harvest Celebration Farm Tour. Visitors love meeting these diminutive members of the camel family up close, and can even watch them negotiate an obstacle course to show off their agility.
   Happy Mountain Miniature Cattle Farm east of Kent is home to several new breds of miniature cattle.
   Visit Cook Lane Dahlias in Auburn for a dazzling display of bright, colorful blooms. On the Enumclaw plateau, Rockridge Orchards and Bamboo Groves features Asian pears and offers tours.
   See Nigerian dwarf goats, Saanen milk goats, llamas, chickens, ducks, bunnies and miniature donkeys at the Vashon Farmers Market on Vashon Island.