Fall has arrived in Western Washington and farms around the Snoqualmie Valley are preparing for another season of pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and other festive activities for the whole family.
The Snoqualmie Valley, which encompasses the cities of Duvall, Carnation, Snoqualmie and North Bend, is a popular place to visit during this time of year. Here are some farms to stop by:
Over the decades, Remlinger Farms in Carnation slowly grew its field of berries into 300 acres of pumpkins, amusement rides, food stands and a nearly brewery.
“We are basically a mini-Disneyland for kids 12 and under,” manager Nathan Sherfey said.
His grandmother Bonnie Remlinger chimed in to say, “It’s more like Knott's Berry Farm.”
Sherfey said tickets for the annual Fall Harvest Pumpkin Festival include access to more than 25 rides, entertainment and a free pumpkin from the U-pick patch. Those who get hungry while on the farm are encouraged to try the famous caramel apple slushie, homemade chili and several other food items, he added.
Last year, Sherfey said, the number of visitors at the farm decreased. But he expects more people will come out this season. Typically, more than 200,000 visitors drive out to the farm each year, he noted.
Sherfey said the farm follows all COVID-19 guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,including social distancing and hand sanitation stations.
“People are wanting to get out of their houses because they’ve been cooped up,” Sherfey said.
As the family business has morphed over the years, he said, the Remlinger family stays true to their humble beginnings.
About 30 years ago, Bonnie and Gary Remlinger operated a fruit stand together. Using an acre of empty land on the farm, the couple planted pumpkins with the intention of giving them to family and friends.
When fall rolled around, the duo sold their farm stand and started to sell the pumpkins for a profit. Eventually, Bonnie said, a few elementary schools reached out to visit the patch.
She said a local radio station contacted the Remlingers about hosting a fall festival with a recipe contest and pumpkin games, she said. The fall festival grew steadily ever since, she added.
The farm’s newest feature includes a full brewery system and an in-house brewer, Bonnie said. Sherfey predicts the farm will offer eight different beers on tap that will rotate every month.
“The brewer likes the artistry part of brewing, where he’s creating different tastes,” Sherfey said. “He doesn’t want to brew the same thing over again.”
As of now, the grand opening for the brewery is set for Thanksgiving weekend, Bonnie said.
Remlinger Farms, located at Northeast 32nd Street in Carnation, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday to Sunday through Halloween weekend. For more information, visit remlingerfarms.com/.
Muddy Boots Pumpkins
Muddy Boots Pumpkins attracts thousands of people each year with its intricate 8-acre corn maze in Duvall. The farm is located at 15505 W Snoqualmie River Rd NE, Duvall.
Children and adults are encouraged to race down sandy paths in hopes of finding all 10 scarecrows hidden throughout the maze, owner Kerrie Roetcisoender said. Each stop depicts a scene. Keep an eye out for Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz.”
“We try to have a sense of humor about it and keep it fun for people,” Roetcisoender said.
Roetcisoender and her husband also operate a dairy farm. However, about six years ago, her husband decided to order pumpkin seeds on a whim.
“Once you start in the pumpkin business, there’s no going back,” Roetcisoender said, referring to her husband’s purchase.
In the second year of growing pumpkins, the couple created a corn maze. They later planted eight acres of sunflowers, she said.
Roetcisoender said farm visitors can choose from 30 different types of pumpkins and squash, including monster pumpkins, Delicata squash and mini pumpkins. For those colder autumn days, visitors can warm up by the community fire and roast smores on an open flame.
Muddy Boots opened on Sept. 24 and will run through Halloween, she said. To learn more about the farm, visit muddybootspumpkins.com/.
Other Fall Options
- Carnation Farms – 28901 NE Carnation Farm Road, Carnation
- Snoqualmie Valley Pumpkin Patch – 4025 Fall City Carnation Rd SE, Fall City
- Fall City Farms – 3636 Neal Road, Fall City
- Steel Wheel Farm – 3701 324th Ave SE
- First Light Farm – 1202 W Snoqualmie River Road NE, Carnation
- Jubilee Farm – 229 W Snoqualmie River Road NE, Carnation
- Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center – 268th Ave, north of Carnation
- Novelty Hill Farm – 26617 NE 124th St, Duvall
- Si View Harvest Festival – 400 SE Orchard Dr, North Bend
- Steel Wheel Farm Pumpkin Days + Corn Maze – 3710 324th Ave SE, Fall City
- Two Brothers Pumpkins at Game Haven Farm – 7110 310th Ave NE, Carnation
- Fox Hollow Family Farm – 12123 Issaquah Hobart Rd SE, Issaquah
- Serres Farm – 20306 NE 50th St, Redmond
- South 47 Farm – 15410 NE 124th St, Redmond
- McGurtrey Farm – 13925 Redmond-Woodinville Rd NE, Redmond
- Tonnemaker Valley Farm – 16211 140th Pl NE, Woodinville