Fall Comes to Seattle NorthCountry
There are many reasons for looking forward to Fall in Snohomish other than our gray skies and brisk temperatures. Take my garden for instance; fresh fruit and vegetables are beginning to yield this Summer, but I’m most excited for my pumpkin plants to develop into the perfect bulbs for jack-o-lantern carving and all the activities that come with the change of season.
Luckily, there are many farms in the Snohomish area and beyond that will not only provide eye-popping fields of orange squash ready for a good home but also day-trip activities that include petting zoos, corn mazes, autumnal foods and rustic markets. Perfect for families, couples or just a group of friends, these locales start to bustle with activity as the clouds roll in and hoodies become formal wear.
The best part about Snohomish farms is that they all work together to serve the public. Under the banner of the Festival of Pumpkins, each farm has their own identity and niche that keeps visitors and locals alike coming back with fresh interest in the Fall season. Here are just a few examples of how these farms continue to grow, after being around for more than a quarter century:
Bob's Corn & Pumpkin Farm
Bob's Corn - More than 60 varieties of pumpkins are available at this Snohomish farm! Bob’s Farm is known for its signature hayrides into their renowned pumpkin patches. You can count a total of 18 fire pits, large and small, that can be rented for private groups and birthday parties. Large fire pits can now fit up to 80 people! That sounds like a Fall festival in the making. Tasty treats and concessions are also available, including pumpkin donuts and Ellie Mae’s specialty fudge.
10917 Elliott Road,
Snohomish, WA 98296
Carven Farms - 40 acres of beautiful pumpkins! There are also two mazes at Craven Farms this year, and owner Judy Craven says what sets them apart from other farms is that these mazes aren’t so scary. The Children’s Adventure Maze is for little ones who want to explore Story Book Lane or Obstacle Highway, while the traditional 15-Acre Corn Maze offers an opportunity to get lost for awhile. Another reason to check out Craven Farms? Three words. Apple. Cider. Donuts. And their espresso game is up this year too.
13817 Shorts School Road
Snohomish, WA 98290
Carleton Farms - This Lake Stevens farm has a number of seasonal events and giant pumpkin patches! Carleton Farms offers a pumpkin cannon, a zipline ride, a five-acre maze in the shape of the Mariners logo, pumpkin-shaped jumping pads, a specialty kids barn and, for the older kids and adults who stay up late for a scare, a zombie survival hayride with paintball! An upcoming brewfest from Lake Stevens Lion’s Club, and farm fresh produce, roasted corn and pumpkin donuts make Carleton Farms a must-go destination for families and friends. Their latest corn maze is also great for sports fans that hit the skies!
630 Sunnyside Blvd SE
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Stocker Farms - This classic farm is located next to the beautiful Snohomish River Valley and is just outside the historic downtown Snohomish area, with a great a view of the Cascade Mountains when the clouds are just right. However, Stocker Farms also has a darker side… Stalker Farms, which offers scary mazes not recommended for the faint of heart or children under 12. Needless to say, this is the place to go for pumpkins and a dose of Halloween horrors.
10622 Airport Way
Snohomish, WA 98296
And it doesn’t stop there! Check out the Festival of Pumpkins and choose a destination. Each farm, corn maze, pumpkin patch and produce stand offer a special experience in Snohomish, a great staple of Seattle NorthCountry this coming season. You can also download our complete list of pumpkin farms, mazes, zombie attacks and trick-or-treating events in the area.