The Scoop on Pumpkin Season

Sweater weather and pumpkin spice lattes are two early signs that tell us pumpkin season is upon us. Well now, it’s here! This is a season full of tradition, whether you u-pick at a local farm to carve your own jack-o-lantern at home or hop on a tractor ride at a community festival, and there are plenty of great options to choose from in the Snoqualmie Valley.

It’s no coincidence that there is an abundance of pumpkins grown on local farms throughout the Valley. Pumpkins prefer rich soil for the best growing conditions and the Valley has some of the best tilth you can find anywhere. Most pumpkins under ideal conditions grow to maturity between 100 and 120 days. That means the pumpkin you pick has been growing all summer long in a sunny spot on the farm, nurtured by rich soil and enough space to grow its trailing vines.

So, how do you find the perfect pumpkin to bring home? If the shape of the pumpkin is most important to you, consider picking early in the season to have the best shapes and sizes to choose from. To ensure that your carving creation makes it to Halloween without spoiling, look for a pumpkin that’s firm all over (check the bottom) and has its stem intact. A strong and sturdy stem indicates a healthy pumpkin – avoid carrying your pumpkin by the stem as it can break-off. After Halloween, carved pumpkins are a great addition to the compost pile!

And here’s a fun fact to share with friends when you’re out picking pumpkins: The current world-record pumpkin weighed in at 2,323.7 pounds, grown by a German gardener in 2014.

Our guide to all things pumpkin in the Valley has the full scoop (without the slippery seeds) on the variety of activities offered at each farm or festival happening in October.

 

Baxter Barn

31929 SE 44th St, Fall City
Contact: Call to make a reservation: 425-765-7883

When: Year-round | by appointment

Cost: Pumpkins range from $3-12, Tours $5 per person

Description: Come pick out a pumpkin and enjoy a fun, educational and hands-on learning experience for all ages. Pumpkins are $3-12 and are generally pre-cut. Tours are $5 a person (minimum 4 people per tour) and include chickens, pheasants, quail, ducks, donkeys, horses, and bunnies.

 

Carnation Farms

28901 Northeast Carnation Farm Road, Carnation
Contact: 425-844-3100 or info@carnationfarms.org

When: October 13, 14, 20 and 21 | 10am – 4pm

Cost: Festival is free, pumpkins and concessions available for purchase

Description:  Bring out the whole family to beautiful Carnation Farms for their Harvest Festival.  Along with family-friendly activities, like hay rides and organic pumpkin picking, guests will enjoy  farm-based programs, the petting zoo, and one-of-a-kind craft making. And pumpkin bowling!

 

Fall City Farms

3636 Neal Road, Fall City

Contact: fallcityfarms@gmail.com

When: Fridays-Sundays throughout October | 10am – 5pm

Cost: Festival is free, pumpkins and concessions available for purchase

Description:  Enjoy fresh mini doughnuts and a cup of fresh hot apple cider while you peruse pumpkins and meet their friendly farm animals. Take a wagon ride to see a bit more of this beautiful farm and spend the day making your fall memories!

 

First Light Farm

27307 NE 100th Street, Carnation
Contact: 206-719-8602 or firstlightfarm84@gmail.com

When: Every weekend in October | 10:30am – 4pm

Cost: $10 per child (includes a pumpkin)

Description:  Come along for a hayride on First Light Farm’s junior tractor (“little John), join in a fun relay race where you dress like a farmer, pick out your favorite pumpkin, roast  s’mores, and listen to a fall children’s story.  $10.00 per child (which include one pumpkin per child), additional pumpkins can also be purchased separately.  Pumpkin prices range from $5-20. Additional activities will be announced on Facebook.

 

Jubilee Farm
229 W. Snoqualmie River Rd. NE, Carnation
Contact: https://jubileefarm.org/contactus/

When: Saturdays and Sundays in October | 10am- 5pm

Cost: Festival is free, pumpkins and concessions available for purchase

Description:  Throughout the month of October, every weekend will be filled with the scent of hot spiced apple cider and the changing season at Jubilee Farm. Hop on the hay wagon and find a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch – there are lots of fun activities to be a part of. Come on out to celebrate this bountiful harvest season with the farmers at Julibee!

 

Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center
Public Entrance off of 268th Ave, just north of Carnation. Please follow the first set of directions here. 
Contact: 425-788-1134 thedirt@oxbow.org

When: Every weekend in October | 10am – 5pm

Cost: Festival is free, pumpkins, concessions, and some activities available for purchase

Description:  Oxbow offers U-pick pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and plenty of wheelbarrows and carts to haul them in. Activities include hay rides, pumpkin decorating, kids’ farm tours, house of hay, scavenger hunt, and climbing tractor. Enjoy seasonal offerings at their Farm Stand, featuring their own native plants and certified organic produce. Arts, crafts, and other fun activities will be available for kids of all ages! There is no fee to visit the festival, but some activities require “magic beans” to participate. (Magic beans are “Oxtober currency” available for purchase in several locations around the festival.)

 

Muddy Boots Pumpkins & Corn Maze
15505 W Snoqualmie River Rd NE, Duvall
Contact: (206) 372-5586
When: Friday and Saturday in October | 10am – 10pm
Cost: Pumpkins available for purchase
Description: Muddy Boots has a pumpkin patch full of gourds and pumpkins for you to choose from. Go for the pumpkins and stay for the spectacular corn maze full of scarecrows and dead ends….a fun challenge for the whole family! For an extra challenge– bring your flashlight on Friday & Saturday nights for the NIGHT corn maze!

 

Novelty Hill Farm

26617 Northeast 124th Street, Duvall
Contact: (425) 788-2416 or noveltyhillfarm@gmail.com

When: Friday-Sunday starting September 28 | Fri. 4pm – dusk Sat.-Sun 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free, pumpkins and other concessions available for purchase

Description:  Pick from a variety of pumpkins. Celebrate the season with hay pyramids, a trike track, a corn pool, farm critters, and snacks.

 

Remlinger Farms
32610 NE 32nd St., Carnation

Contact: 425-333-4135 or info@remlingerfarms.com
When: Every weekend from September 29- October 28 | 10am – 6pm

Cost: $19.75 plus tax

Description:  Remlinger Farms opens their gates every fall for five full weeks of old fashioned Harvest entertainment. In addition to the Farm Market Fall specials, the Gift and Craft Shops, the Farm Restaurant, and the U-Pick pumpkin fields are open. Festival admission is $19.75 plus tax –and includes all park rides, live entertainment and attractions, tractor drawn hay rides, and more, plus a discounted pumpkin price of only 10 cents per pound in the Fun Park/Market with your paid park admission wristband (this price not valid in Pumpkin U-Pick).

 

Si View Harvest Festival
400 SE Orchard Dr, North Bend
Contact: 425-831-1900 or mrudd@siviewpark.org

When: Saturday, October 27 | 12pm – 4pm

Cost: $20 wristband per person provides unlimited game access and a pumpkin (while supplies last)

Description:  Come join Si View’s big day of harvest fun. Enjoy carnival games, hayrides, and a petting zoo. You can also pick out a pumpkin and decorate it, and visit the (g-rated) haunted house.  Si View Harvest Festival is a rain or shine event with lots to do both indoors and out, dress for the season–costumes are encouraged! Pre-order online here to avoid lines at the ticket booth.

 

The Nursery at Mt Si
42328 SE 108th St, North Bend
Contact: 425-831-2274

When: Daily, starting October 1 | 9am – 5pm

Cost: Free admission, pumpkins available for purchase

Description:  Every year The Nursery grows, from seed, thousands of pumpkins, of all different varieties and sizes, in the big field behind the nursery and open it up for your picking pleasure! They also transform a greenhouse into a Halloween Fun House complete with lots of spooky decorations, a hay jump, family photo set-ups, freshly popped popcorn, and hot cocoa/cider. On weekends hay rides operate around the Pumpkin Patch. Free admission, the only thing you pay for is your pumpkin(s)!

 

Two Brothers Pumpkins at Game Haven Farm

7110 310th Ave NE, Carnation
Contact: 425-333-4313 or two_brothers_pumpkins@hotmail.com

When: Open daily from September 29 through October | 9:30am – 6pm

Cost: Admission is free, pumpkins and other products available for purchase

Description:  Game Haven Farm has been in the family for 50+ years. The Schmoll family has grown pumpkins for U-pick for more than 25 years, along with a variety of crops. Families enjoy visiting the farm animals & picking pumpkins and gourds of many sizes, shapes, and colors from the vine. Mini hay bales, cornstalks, ornamental corn, and a large variety of winter squash , including sugar pumpkins, are for sale as well.