Northwest Farms

'Tis the season for a bountiful harvest. Looking for a place to get out of the city for the day and show your kids where all the food in the grocery store comes from, breathe the fresh air, and eat food fresh from the fields? Read on . . .

Biringer Farm: Test your navigational skills in the ten-acre corn maze ($7-$8) with 3.7-mile trail and head over to Pumpkin Country for acres of pumpkins, a train ride, and kids' activities. Also, feed the "high-walking" goats. Some activities open weekends only. Marysville. (425) 259-0255

Carleton Farm: Produce includes: pumpkins, ornamental corn, cornstalks, gourds, flowers, and more. Have fun in the 3-acre corn maze ($5). On weekends, enjoy lunch and hayrides on the farm. Visit their farm animals and see the amazing pumpkin cannon, too! 9 a.m.—dusk. Everett. (425) 334-2297

Craven Farm: Pumpkin fields, a harvest market, and corn maze ($3-$4) are open daily. Jump on the tractor-drawn hayride and check out the pumpkin slinger on the weekends. Snohomish. (360)568-2601

Fairbank Farm: Just off of Aurora Ave. N., you'll find this charming farm with animals you can fed and pet and a trail to Pumpkin Land, which has a harvest theme (with nothing scary). Open weekends, $2.50 admission. Edmonds. (425) 745-3694

The Farm: Travel the state on foot through the Farm's 12-acre corn maze, shaped like Washington State ($5 per person; $20 per family). There's also a hay maze ($2) in the pumpkin patch, a petting farm, and special weekend activities. Snohomish. (425) 334-4124

Foster's Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze: There's a lot going on at Foster's Farm, including a corn maze ($4.50), pumpkin patch, cornstalks and gourds, snacks, farm animals, an Old West Town, a kids' hay maze ($1), and weekend story times. Arlington. (360) 435-5095

Gordon Skagit Farms: The Skagit Valley is well-known for its spring tulips, but the fall harvest is in full swing. Gordon's has a Pumpkin Farm, a u-pick pumpkin field, gourds, and a corn maze. Mount Vernon. (360) 708-3363

Jubilee Farm Harvest and Pumpkin Activities: Take a hay ride to the u-pick pumpkin and gourd fields, buy produce at the farm market, have a snack, find your way out of the kids' hay maze, pet the farm animals, and enjoy cooking demonstrations. Pony rides on some days. Carnation. (425) 222-4558

Remlinger Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival: Free tractor rides to the u-pick pumpkin field; large farm market includes pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds, produce, crafts and a restaurant; country fair has rides and attractions for children. Carnation. (425) 451-8740

South 47 Farm: Special features include a unique "crops of the Americas" sunflower-shaped maze ($4.50 weekdays, $5.50 weekends) and a produce market with gourds, mini-pumpkins, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Open Wednesdays-Sundays. Redmond. (425) 869-9777

Stocker Farms: A cornucopia of harvest fun awaits visitors at this working family farm. In October, the whole farm is decorated in a harvest theme and becomes Pumpkin Central with: u-pick and farm picked pumpkins, weekend family activities (hayrides, trout fishing, face painting, crafts, food, and more ~ $6 admission), barnyard animals you can feed ($3), and a 10-acre corn maze in the shape of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Wednesdays-Sundays, $7-$10). The farm market stocks fresh-picked chemical-free veggies, Washington-grown fruit, and honey and jams. Snohomish. (425) 314-2436.