Farmers celebrate the fall harvest

In late September, Stanwood kicked off Snohomish County’s fall farming festival circuit with the Harvest Jubilee. More than a dozen farms and agricultural businesses in Stanwood and Camano Island opened their gates for tours, wagon rides and activities.

Now other communities in Snohomish County are gearing up for their farm festivals. Here’s a rundown of upcoming events.

Farming Yesterday and Today: Zoom along a zip line, watch sheepdogs in action and taste coffee roasted fresh by a local roaster this weekend during a tour of farms in Arlington, Marysville, Darrington and Granite Falls.

Participating farms plan to offer corn mazes, flowers to pick and trolley rides, as well as other activities.

Admission is free, but some farms may charge for produce or activities.

The tour is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Maps are expected to be available at businesses on Olympic Avenue in Arlington, and at the grand reopening festival of Olympic Avenue on Saturday. For more information, call Georgean Maddy at 425-210-6634.

Festival of Pumpkins: This annual Snohomish festival begins in early October with the opening of the community’s many corn mazes and pumpkin patches, and culminates with a celebration in downtown Snohomish on Oct. 27.

Snohomish boasts a half-dozen pumpkin patches and almost as many corn mazes. The opening day celebration includes a pumpkin toss, the “Great Pumpkin Race” and a pumpkin-seed-spitting contest.

Admission to the festival is free, but most farms charge for pumpkins and activities.

For more information, go to

Sky Valley Fall Farm Festival: The festival takes place over two Saturdays in October. On Oct. 13, salmon conservation and habitat recovery will be discussed at Reiner Farms in Monroe.

Farmers markets should also be open, as will the Western Heritage Center Interactive Museum at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

On Oct. 20, Sultan, Startup and Gold Bar plan farm-related activities. Sultan has scheduled an old-fashioned barn dance and a display of antique tractors.

The festival is free.

For more information, contact Roxanne Husmann at 360-793-1996 or e-mail

— Kaitlin Manry, Herald staff

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