Visit Carpinito Brothers in Kent for farm-fresh veggies and pumpkins galore. Photo credit: JiaYing Grygiel
Visit a pumpkin patch and corn maze
Take a break from the school grind with an autumn mini adventure. Pick some pumpkins, sniff the crisp fall air — and hurry, before the rain sets in!
Carpinito Brothers (27508 W. Valley Hwy. N., Kent) is a perennial favorite for a good reason. It’s free to go into the pumpkin patch (hello, photo op!), and there’s a nominal fee for the farm yard, tractor rides and corn maze. Pick up farm-fresh veggies at the produce stand on your way out.
For families in the North End, Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm (10917 Elliott Rd., Snohomish) is a popular pick, what with its 10-acre corn maze and homemade doughnuts! Buy an activity wristband for access to unlimited cow train rides, a rope maze, corn crib and more. Parents with babies will be psyched to know there’s a dedicated building for nursing and changing.
Both farms are open through Oct. 31. The fields can get muddy, so come prepared with rubber boots.
Hate crowds? Don’t wait until the last weekend before Halloween, when it’s guaranteed to be a zoo. Go early in the month, early in the day, or on a weekday, if you can swing it. (Get even more ideas on patches to hit around the Seattle area and in South Sound.)