HarvestFest: Pierce County’s free-range farm tour
Come discover the bounty of local agriculture during the 12th Annual HarvestFest Farm Tour on Saturday Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HarvestFest is the perfect time to connect with the families that provide fresh and healthy food to your favorite farmers’ market, restaurant, and green grocer. Eighteen Pierce County farms are offering a day of free tours, fresh produce, kids activities, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and more.
HarvestFest will showcase five farms in Puyallup, four farms in Orting, one farm/winery in Eatonville, one farm in Roy and seven farms and a winery on Key Peninsula. Farms are open to the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The tour is presented by WSU Extension with support from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, the Pierce Conservation District, the King-Pierce Farm Bureau, the Tremaine Foundation and others. WSU Extension educator and tour coordinator Chris Benedict noted that “Farming in rapidly urbanizing areas is very complex and we need to work together to provide the services successful farmers need. This tour is a good example of many partners coming together to help make it happen.” This is the third and final day of farm tours in King and Pierce Counties sponsored by WSU Extension.
“Getting out to the farms during HarvestFest is a fun way to learn more about where our food comes from and to draw the link between locally grown food and good nutrition,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “It is important to recognize the important relationship between city residents and rural farmers. I encourage everyone to get out to visit some of the farms.”
For more information, visit the HarvestFest website at www.pierce.wsu.edu.
Carrie Sikorski, HarvestFest Coordinator
Chris Benedict, WSU Extension Educator