The Red Rooster Route

The Red Rooster Route


Seattle is a place that cares dearly about where its food comes from and how it is grown. Much of the food for the greater Northwest is grown within an easy drive from Seattle and the farms there happily open their fields to people interested and excited to learn more about where their food comes from. Not only do the various farms along the Red Rooster Route, an hour north of Seattle in Arlington, allow visitors to see the process of the farms, but many allow for u-pick, so you can take home some of what you see.

The farms on the route are varied, including a corn maze, a berry farm, a lamb ranch and a lavender farm among others, but what they all have in common is that they are small and family friendly, happy to let children and adults alike to visit and see where their food comes from. Biringer Farm is famous for their strawberries in early summer, while later in the season Bryant has blueberries and further along raspberries, all of which you can pluck yourself from the bush and pop into your mouth, as well as collect and take home for jams, pies and good old fashioned eating. Garden Treasures has both a u-pick and what they call a ‘we-pick’ and grows a great variety of vegetables and fruits. Unlike most u-picks, Garden Treasures allows pickers to wander the fields of all types of vegetables and fruits. They also have a farm store filled with local products from all over including dairy, marmalade, spices and much more.

The best time to take the Red Rooster Route is summer into fall, during the harvest season of the various fruits and vegetables. Come fall many of the farms have pumpkins and corn mazes are abundant. Throughout the summer there are a variety of festivals, parties, scavenger hunts and events on the farms, so something fun is always going on.




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