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More Than Just a Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch in Olympia - Schilter Family Farm

Fall is the time of year where nature typically retreats, hiding away until the warmth of spring once again arrives. But in the Nisqually Valley things are just heating up.

The Harvest Festival at Schilter Family Farm is a celebration of fall, the culmination of months of hard work. It is a symbol of our appreciation for the bountiful gifts of nature. And bountiful really is the key word there. Pumpkins, corn, and squash are abundant at Schilter Farm.

I could not have picked a better day to visit Schilter Farm. Arriving at 10:00 this morning for my daughter’s preschool field trip, the farm was already buzzing with activity. The weather was everything I love about a fall day, crisp and refreshing. The sun had already broken through the clouds above but a misty haze remained down on the ground, making our tour of the farm a truly magical experience.

We loaded onto one of the tractor-pulled hay rides and took off for the pumpkin patches. There was no shortage of perfectly colored, evenly shaped future jack-o-lanterns. The pumpkins at Schilter Farm are pre-cut but they still lay in the field for you to explore and discover the perfect one.

After our hay ride was over and our pumpkins were selected we were ushered over to the hay maze, a less intimidating alternative to Schilter’s famous corn maze. The scene was pretty entertaining as the 3-4 year olds took off through the maze, parents in tow.

Next up, we visited the animal stalls, where we were lucky enough to get up close and personal with some adorable baby farm animals. But no matter how cute the baby pigs, ducks, ponies, or goats were, the show was easily stolen by the barn kittens that seemed content to be cuddled by anyone and everyone.

The farm experience was outstanding and we didn’t cover half of the things to do at Schilter Farm. I was a little heartbroken that I didn’t even get to try the pumpkin blaster or the corn cannons, not to mention the amazing 5 acre Seattle Sounders and Kasey Keller themed corn maze. But then again, I have a feeling we’ll be making a return visit very soon.

Schilter Family Farm is located at 141 Nisqually Cutoff Road SE Olympia, WA 98513. They are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through October 30th. For more information about Schilter Family Farm visit their website:

Here is a look at some of the scenes from our visit to Schilter Farm:

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Mike ConnerMike Conner is the creator and editor of Living in Olympia. He is also a Real Estate Broker and President of City Realty, Inc. in Olympia WA. Mike has a passion for promoting community. He is active in local athletic programs, volunteering his time with both the North Thurston High School boys basketball team and Tumwater Valley Golf Course.View all posts by Mike Conner →

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