Apple Press

Tom Quigley (right) presses apples with visitors at a previous SVA Fall Harvest.

Farms in the Sammamish Valley are offering a fresh, local way to celebrate fall this year. 

For the first time since 2019, the Sammamish Valley Alliance invites the public to its Fall Harvest Celebration at 21 Acres Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

SVA Executive Director Brenda Vanderloop said attendees can listen to live bluegrass music and wander back and forth between participating farms to taste fresh produce. SVA President Tom Quigley will be also be operating his antique apple press during the event.

Local farmers from the Sammamish Valley will offer pesticide-free products to purchase at the event, Vanderloop said. 

“We welcome people to come in and meet with a farmer,” she said. “Enjoy a little community day and learn about all things agriculture and farming in the Sammamish Valley.”

Vanderloop said some locations include Off the Branch Farm and A Farm in the Sammamish Valley LLC, which is a 42-acre area that houses Tonnemaker Farm Stand and Viva Farm as well as King County’s student and incubator farms.

Another vendor, the Blooming Market, will have apples ready to pick on Sept. 25. Additionally, the farm features artisanal crafts made by women-owned businesses every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the SVA website.

“The highlight in September is all about apples,” Vanderloop said.

Sammamish Farms, located on Northeast 124th Street, will offer a chance to pick winter squash and visit with farmers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and take a quick tour of the farm. Guests can take a quick tour of the farm at noon, Vanderloop said.

Just down the road, she said, Sound Sustainable Farms will be selling Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions. Across town, the Woodinville Farmers Market will also be open at DeYoung Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.

Vanderloop said all guests at the event will be asked to follow COVID-19 protocols and masking requirements. The event is open to all ages and activities are free, she added. 

“We're happy to be back in person, and 21 acres so graciously offered to host us again,” she said.

This event is presented by SVA with support from the King County Local Services Grant Program and Olympic Nursery, Inc., according to a news release. The Sammamish Valley celebrations are held in spring, summer and fall to share the natural beauty and assets of the valley.

To learn more about the event, visit

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