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Craven Farm

pumpkin tendrils reaching for a branch

Scott and I spent last Saturday doing Autumn-y things here in Seattle. First we stopped at Minea Farms, they have a hundred year old apple press and make a variety of ciders. You can taste each variety, and they even have some hot spiced cider for you to try. They also have local honey, syrups, fruit butters and apples for sale. The place is tiny but well worth a visit, they owners are really enthusiastic about what they do. The nearby South 47 farm is very popular, they have a large produce market and lots of u-pick options.

Next we visited a winery tasting room in Woodinville to pick up some wine for dinner that night, and I fell for the Hoodsport Stella Raspberry wine, it’s not too sweet and smells amazingly like fresh raspberries. We passed by a whiskey tasting room and if we’d had more time we would have stopped for that as well.

the row in a corn maze

Then it was off to Snohomish valley and the corn maze at Craven Farm. It was a good corn maze, dense and tall corn, lots of curves and no dead ends. We were lost almost right away. It was great. There are two rooms you have to find and in the second room you have the option of going back the easy way, or the hard way. We took the hard way and got so lost I actually tried to pull up a Google Earth image to see if we could find our way out, but the image was taken when the spot we were standing in was still a bare field. Seeing as we were lost we had time to make some observations.

heel marks in the mud

Somebody wore heels into a corn maze! The first time Scott and I visited a corn maze we came up with the the first rule: Never wear cashmere to a corn maze. I wasn’t wearing the cashmere, on our way in we passed an unhappy couple on their way out. It appeared that the girl had slipped and gotten mud on her sweater and she was not happy. So now we have Rule #2: don’t wear heels into a corn maze.

footprint of a boot clearly reading Coach

Somebody wore Coach boots! I wonder if they were rubber boots?

a wooly bear!

We saw wooly bears!

an X marked in the mud, which we shortly after obliterated

When we came into the maze a family with two teenage boys came right behind us. The boys were loud and hurried us down an aisle walking too close. They kept pulling down corn stalks and breaking them so that they would hang, sad and broken. The parents didn’t do anything to stop the boys. I didn’t like them. Later on we spotted one of the boys marking Xes into the mud to mark their way. We started rubbing them out and covering the tracks whenever we’d come across them. What? I never claimed to be a nice person. (That boy you see at the end of the row there? Not one of the culprits in question, he was younger and kinder than our victims.)

lots of pumpkin patch

We finally made it out and headed over to the vast pumpkin patch.

a parachute fan, or, a guy sitting in a sling under a parachute with a giant fan strapped to his back

Above us guy in a parachute fan came past and circled over the corn maze a few times. We joked that he was looking for all the people lost inside.

hot air balloons in the distance

As the sun was setting some hot air balloons rose up from the horizon.

a small pumpkin ready to be launced from a sling

We spent some time at the pumpkin slings. If you hit a target you’d get a prize! We didn’t hit the target.

lots of pumpkin varieties

Craven Farm also has food (chili in a bag! which I think was Frito pie), coffee drinks and pumpkin donuts, roasted corn, produce, many varieties of squash and pumpkins, a hay ride, a petting zoo and lots of stuff for kids to play on. If you only have time to visit one farm I recommend this one. They even have plenty of parking.

a green pumpkin with an impressively large stem, I bet it would have been HUGE had they let it grow

On the way back to the car I felt drunk on fresh air. Yay autumn!

· comments [14] · 10-20-2010 · categories:seattle · travel ·

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  • 1 Mim // Oct 20, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Sounds like a great day. This year I think we’ll actually try a maze. We already did the apple orchard/hayride/pumpkin patch thing last week. Our orchard had an air gun that shot out tiny apples! Our son tried but didn’t hit the target. It was great fun though.

  • 2 Alicia // Oct 20, 2010 at 4:37 am

    What a perfect fall day! I still can’t believe someone wore high heels there. That makes me giggle:)

  • 3 Michelle // Oct 20, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I went to Minea Farm last weekend too, they have the best apple cider!

  • 4 Carrie at Rhubarb Sky // Oct 20, 2010 at 9:25 am

    My husband and I got married on Craven Farm. I love it there, but haven’t been back in years. Thanks for stirring up some wonderful memories. :)

  • 5 Seanna Lea // Oct 20, 2010 at 11:18 am

    That sounds amazing. My hubby went to a corn maze a couple of weeks ago. I was unfortunately sick and stayed home. I feel like I missed out even more seeing your photos!

  • 6 gaile // Oct 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    oh I love this post! your words and pictures perfectly captured Fall for me! It made me smile :)

  • 7 brooke // Oct 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    We just went to Craven Farm the other weekend! We’ve been to the South 47 farm before, and this was our first year at Craven and it was fun! So much to do! Great if you have kids (we don’t, but I’m trying to convince my sister to bring my nephew up one year).
    I want to check out that cider place now!

  • 8 kelli // Oct 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    looks like a great day, love the parachutist

  • 9 brianne // Oct 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    We had some friends get married at Craven this summer – its a great place and they have so much. Might go to Minea on your recommendation this weekend :)

  • 10 Star // Oct 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    What a lovely day, thanks so much for sharing! Am particularly sorry to be too far away to go to the cider place.

  • 11 QOW // Oct 21, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Thats what life is all about….really

  • 12 Danielle // Oct 22, 2010 at 10:19 am

    You are quite the photographer! I’m impressed. Fall outings are my favorite; you captured yours beautifully!

  • 13 Petalbelles // Oct 24, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I’m loving the shoe print analysis.

  • 14 Candace // Oct 25, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I just had to comment on how GREEN the corn maze is! We don’t ever get a green corn maze; by October in Ohio, the corn is no longer green (which you know, I’m sure), but it’s usually at least a little less brown than it was this year. The drought really took it’s toll on not only the corn but the pumpkins. They were so much smaller (and there were fewer) than usual. Also? “Frito Pie” is, I think, what we refer to as a Walking Taco, and I secretly and slightly shamefully LOVE them.

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