It's Harvest Season—Here Are Eight Seattle Pumpkin Patches Worth Visiting, Even if You Don't Have Kids

Wine Tastings, Apple Cider Donuts, Fire Pits, and More
October 6, 2022
Grab an apple crisp donut and a "squishie" (aka slushie) from Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish. (Bob's Corn via Facebook)

Good news, everyone: We live in the future now and you don’t need to borrow someone’s kids to go to an apple-pickin’ harvest festival. You can just go. Well, you could go before, too, but looks like the farms have decided that our old-ass money folds just the same, and so more and more of them are adding adult-like activities to their punkin parties. This includes but is not limited to wine tastings, ziplines, events that don’t end at 4 pm, and evidently, gourd tunnels? Uh, maybe those were actually meant for kids, but they’re ours now. Go forth, take up space in the gourd tunnels of Washington State, and live your best adult life within them.

Pike Place Market’s Harvest Festival Add to a List in Downtown Seattle

This event is one day only, and no, it isn’t at a farm. They just scooped up all the best parts of a billion different farms and brought it to us in the city! Same thing. First of all, not only is there a pumpkin-carving demonstration here, it’s GIANT pumpkin carving—this thing weighs 500 pounds. Minimum. Then you can watch artist Kristi Ringer make fairy houses or artist Aaron Murray make elaborate animal mugs, using ceramic and fire. Enjoy some live music from the buskers on the farm truck stage, which is a stage on the back of a truck. Take a fascinating free historical tour of the Market (there are a bunch, but sign up early!). Then, if you’re so inclined, buy a 40-dollar ticket for a dozen seasonal food/wine pairings from five Pike Place Market vendors (well, this might sell out too, so maybe do it in advance). Or just eat some of the delicious food that surrounds you in every direction—maybe from, say, Pasta Casalinga or Oriental Mart. Before you go, pick up some of what’s in season from all the local farmers–chanterelles, perhaps, or winter squash. Then take the light rail home at the end. 
(Free entrance)

Rockridge Orchards, Cidery, and Country Market Add to a List in Enumclaw
Sadly, there’s no U-pick option for apples or pumpkins at Rockridge at this time—these days, the farm is more about their guests eating and drinking, not working. The idea is to hang out in the beautiful orchard and drink their apple cider and berry wine and have a chill. But you can BUY apples, pears, and punkins here, of course, in both normal and obscure varieties. Rockridge sells their wine/cider by the bottle too, in spiced blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, and tayberry flavors. Another interesting product they carry is their aged “Rocksalmic” vinegar, which is made from apples, not grapes, like balsamic is. Canlis Add to a List likes it, reportedly!
(Free entrance)

Stocker Farms Add to a List in Snoqualmie
So, Stocker Farms seems to impart a more adult vibe to its October-long Fall Festival than most corn-mazed pumpkin patches out there, and it’s actually more of a farm-themed carnival (farmival?), with activities scheduled both during the day and at night. But there’s an additional element of total chaos from the way it’s described on their website, which sounds bizarrely irresistible for kids and adults alike. Many attractions are kid-friendly, e.g., something called a bubble barn, which we’re picturing like a Yayoi Kusama exhibit except with bubbles, and a tire mountain! See also: “Children’s Pumpkin Barn,” “Giant Jumping Pillow and 2nd Jumping Pillow (Weather Permitting),” “Cow Train,” “Spookley’s House,” and “Konk the Crow.”  But with stuff like steer and pig roping, human hamster wheels, farmer foosball, a zipline, a gourd tunnel, and duck races, it also sounds like an episode of Ultimate Beastmaster filmed at some kind of Dadaist rodeo. We don’t purport to know what all these things are, other than excellent band names, but we absolutely want to find out. If that's not enough, there's also a beer garden, donuts, and fireworks on Saturdays. Oh, and did we mention their corn maze is (Seattle) Kraken themed?
($13.45–$14.95 admission, individual activities priced separately)

Piper’s Orchard Add to a List at Carkeek Park in North Seattle

Kind of a cheat code, but right here in the city limits, Carkeek Park has its own century-old grove of heirloom apple, pear, cherry, and chestnut trees, Piper’s Orchard, and it’s wide open to scavengers. Your mileage may vary; since every tree ripens at a different rate, it could be picked-over or loaded with a nice ripe crop on any given day. While the park itself doesn’t HAVE a brewery or adult-friendly food on site—unless you count the fruit—there are about a dozen of them dotting the map throughout nearby Broadview and Greenwood. Might we recommend Tacos & Beer just west on Holman Road (super authentic Mexican food—don’t be put off by the name!), le bar-tabac-style Gainsbourg down on 85th and Greenwood (aka The French Hamburger Restaurant, for the best happy hour ‘burg in Seattle), or La Cabaña on 105th (for killer-gigantic pupusas)? Or stop for a fancy beer at A1 Hop Shop in the back of a mini-mart, where Frasier and The Golden Girls are always on. It’s date night in the city except you also get free pears.   
(Free entrance)

Craven Farm Add to a List in Snohomish
Craven Farm is noteworthy for a few reasons, firstly for having a lot of different kinds of food—chili in bread bowls, funnel cakes, fried cheese curds, and homemade fresh cider doughnuts, to name a few! But if that weren’t enough, they also have one of those apple slingshot things that catapults apples that you get to aim at targets in the field. And they also have fire pits that you can rent by the hour if you wanna cook your own stuff or just have a little fiery soiree. We admit we were kinda hoping that it was a Wes Craven-themed farm, since that’d be perfect for the Halloween season, but…this is all pretty cool, too.
(Free entrance)

Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm Add to a List in Snohomish
It’s all right there in the name: Bob has corn to sell you, and also pumpkins. Well. And a few more things. There’s also a corn maze that spells out “BOB’S CORN MAZE,” a gem-mining sluice, hayrides, a trike track, an apple cannon, an entire building devoted to fudge and another to fresh doughnuts and squishies (aka cider slushies), and if you make it through the ma(i)ze, you can have a bonfire at the rental fire pits on the other side! The punkles are U-pick, and the country (corn-try) store sells sweet corn and squash, both roasted and non, as well as blackberry butter, housemade pickles, myriad types of fruit preserves, honey, apple cider, gourmet cheese, and all other manner of incredible-sounding treats. Per BCaPF’s site, “Our roasted squash is something to write home about! Both our spaghetti and acorn squash taste like they were just picked and thrown on the roaster. Guess what? They were!” Can you imagine a more beautiful thing?
($16.96–$39.95 depending on pass level and day of the week)

Schilter Family Farm Add to a List in Olympia
Not only does Schilter have a corn maze, but it’s also a five-acre corn maze! That’s a really big corn maze, you guys. The biggest in Thurston County, to be exact. They also offer a pumpkin patch (natch), wagon rides, PONY rides, a hay pyramid, an additional smaller corn maze, zip swings, duck races!, paintball!, and some unspecified baby animals who you can meet. Hope they’re not spiders. There’s also rentable fire pits, lots of good old-fashioned fair food (including donuts!), and a beer barn. But anyway, the big-ass corn maze seems to be their main attraction here—this thing’s the size of Freeway Park. Think of all the sheer getting-lost you could do. Maybe stop by the beer barn first if you need help with this.
($10–$16 depending on day of the week)

Carpinito Bros. Add to a List in Kent
Carpinito Bros. is the O.G Kent Valley farm stand, although these days, it’s equal parts produce market and nursery/garden center. For more than 50 years, this place has been selling all categories of garden-y stuff: fresh fruit and veg, plant starts, landscaping materials, Christmas trees, and more. And now through Halloween, just a couple miles south of the farm stand, you can tour their alien-themed corn maze and pick a pumpkin from their patch, after grabbing some cedar bark for the yard and some broccolini for tomorrow night’s dinner. Plus, the Carp Bros website depicts a giant room full of dried corn kernels, in which people are shown…playing and hanging out? You can, uh, pretend you’re a shrimp in a big bowl of grits, we guess. And just around the corn-er from the corn maze, the Farm Fun Yard has pigs and cows, whom you can personally meet, as well as something called a goat walk. That’s where you’ll find us, man.
($4-$11 depending on age and attraction)

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