Don’t Miss the Fun at Jubilee Farm Near Seattle Washington

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My boys on a mission for the best pumpkin they can find at Jubilee Farm

This past Sunday we got together with two other families to check out the autumnal offerings at Jubilee Farm. This farm is known for their kid-friendly activities and fun, but not their donuts. I’d marked the farm off my list 4 years ago after a visit. We didn’t have a child at the time and the farm did not offer fresh out of the oil donuts with their cider, a must for my pumpkin picking experience.

No matter what I wanted, sometimes it’s best to go with the flow though. After all, I’m not the only one in this family. Dek deserves to have a little fun now and again. With a pumpkin launcher on sight, Mike should have some fun too I suppose.

Horse-drawn wagons thrill families as they make their way to the pumpkin patch*

Jubilee Farm was in no way lacking in the kid department. We arrived almost as soon as they opened at 10am. The parking lot was not too crowded but I knew that would soon change. An hour later the lot was packed with parents chasing after their 10 and under kids.

The mud in the lot was deep. I was thanking God that I had 4WD as I almost slid into the Prius in the space next to us. I was also happy to have muck boots for the whole family. Of course, Dek didn’t want to wear his. He had his soccer shoes on that looked just like the ones daddy normally wore. Some fights aren’t worth fighting, so I let it go. Sneakers were meant to get muddy after all.

Rob and Lee (right image) load up on goodies at Jubilee Farm

Our friend’s Julie and Sam pulled in right after us. They had their 1-year-old daughter CC in a backpack in record time. We all hiked over to the farm to survey the activities as we waited for our other friends Rob and Nic to arrive with their kids El(4) and Lee(2).

We found food trucks and stands offering coffee, cookies, roast squash, corn on the cob, tamales and quesadillas. Pony rides were underway and the hot cider was sending its enticing smells in my direction. Still no donuts though.

Mike and Dek give the hay bail maze a go

Dek and Mike headed to the hay bail maze to kill a little time. CC refused to be left out. The maze was about 3-4 hay bails high and made Dek a little nervous. It was dark in some sections with only a little daylight peeking into the barn the maze was housed in. Dek needed Mike to carry him through. He needed to know where the cows were too. This was a barn after all. Fast forward an hour later when El and Lee wanted to check out the maze. Dek could not get away from us fast enough. There is just something about experiencing something new with other little friends as opposed to your mom or dad. We had to drag the kids away in the end.

Lee tears through the maze so she can start all over again*

Once all 10 of us were gathered, we hopped on a tractor-pulled wagon to head out to the pumpkin patch. There was also the option of taking a horse-drawn carriage, but we had little boys in our group. There was no question that we would be taking something with heavy machinery involved.

Now I’ve been to a lot of pumpkin patches in the past 5 years. Pumpkin picking day is Mike’s favorite day of the year in fact. We should probably just make it an official holiday. I hereby declare that the weekend before Halloween is National Pick Your Pumpkin day.

Dek tries to lift the pumpkin Mike has picked out for him. Too heavy Dek declares. Maybe next year dad.

For Mike, this day brings back childhood memories of scouring the field for the perfect orange pumpkin to carve his masterpiece in. He is slowly transferring this love to Dek. That said, these pumpkins were beyond beautiful. Usually when we finally go to the farm most pumpkins are chopped off the vine and have been picked through quite a bit. Some are rotting; others are not the ideal cutting shape. Not so at Jubilee. Each pumpkin we saw had Mike giddier than a kid in a candy store.

Not as into the pumpkins as last year but still having fun

Dek was not as impressed. He kept checking out the tractors coming and going. He also wanted to chase after his buddy El who was holding the vine clippers (the technical term is a lopper I think.)

El wanders through the field looking for the perfect pumpkin to bring to school*

El was having trouble finding his perfect pumpkin to bring to preschool this week. He walked back and forth searching through his options. His dad, Rob, thought he had found the perfect one. But no, there was dirt and slim on it. Nic, having thought ahead, had a wad of tissues in her pocket. She grabbed the pumpkin and diverted El while Rob cleaned the pumpkin off and placed it into a different section of the patch. Now this is ingenious parenting right here. Nic then pointed the shiny new pumpkin out to El as the best pumpkin in the patch. He could not have agreed more. Everyone was happy as we loaded into the wagon for a ride back to the farm.

CC gives her baby pumpkin a little taste to make sure it is the best one**

Once back we watched a pumpkin being launched across the field. Unfortunately they only did this once an hour and we had just caught the end of the show. The kids were sad, but distracted by the idea of a pony right. El and Lee jumped right on. We held Dek back. He had said hi to a pony earlier, who said hi back with a neigh. Dek was not amused and went running back to Mike. I was afraid that we would pay $5 and just have Dek begging to get off the pony right away. Of course, I didn’t factor in that what his friends do he now has to do too.

Lee says hi to a pony before jumping on for a ride*

Dek saw El and Lee riding the ponies. When El was finished, his pony, Sugar, came closer to us for a little break and grass munching. Dek was intrigued. He told me he wanted to sit on the pony too. I decided to test his resolve. We took a few steps closer to say hi Sugar. Dek didn’t freak out. Then we took a few steps more. The pony’s handler, Trish, was very friendly. She informed us that Sugar was very nice. We inched a little closer.

Pony rides were a top 3 attraction for the kids

CC decided she was being left out and wanted to touch the pony. She beat Dek to Sugar but would not put her hand closer than 2 inches from his neck. The idea was fascinating, but that pony sure was big to such a little girl. See CC get so close, Dek dove right in.

The pained expression may have more to do with my inability to lift my son onto a pony properly than his true feelings about being up there*

The idea of sitting on the pony still hadn’t vanished. Trish graciously said it would be OK for Dek to give it a go. She understood we were just testing the waters, not quite ready to commit to a full ride. Dek was a natural. He was ready to go. We sat for a few minutes, then ungracefully dismounted (mama’s fault, not his) and said bye-bye to Sugar the pony. Next year we will be ready to ride that pony for sure.

Tractor-pulled wagons made Dek squeal for joy 

With pumpkins in hand, pony rides checked off the list and a hay bail maze conquered, there was nothing left to do but say hi to the pigs, grab some cider, coffee and sweets and head back home for naps. Even the adults were ready for a little shut eye.

I’m not sure who was more muddy, the kids or the pigs

There might not have been fresh out of the fryer donuts, but this was a great day to be with our family and friends. I still may be able to squeeze in a 2nd farm trip this week to find the missing donuts. Fingers crossed people! Mama needs some cinnamon-sugar coated goodness.

What are you doing to enjoy the Fall weather?

Gourd and pumpkin picking in the U-Pick It fields gave families a hands on experience

Know Before You Go

  • Open 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of October
  • Pumpkins are 50 cents per pound, free rides to the U-Pick It fields
  • Picnic tables are available for enjoying for bought or brought snacks and lunches.
  • Pony rides cost $5
  • Face Painting is available, they accept donations
  • activities include a hay bail maze, tractor or horse-drawn wagon rides to the U-Pick It fields, shopping in the farm store, farm animals, pony rides, face painting, cooking demonstrations, live music and pumpkin launches.

Dek and El enjoy a little play time on the stationary tractors

Money Saving Tricks at the Pumpkin Patch

It’s not a secret that pumpkins straight from the patch can be expensive. We love the experience, but can’t really afford to spend $50 on 2 pumpkins. Here are two tricks we have learned.

  1. Buy your pumpkins at the grocery store later that day – if the kids are young enough, they probably won’t realize.
  2. Your kid can only get a pumpkin they can carry. For many years this may save you quite a bit of cash if you can’t convince your children to buy a pumpkin at the grocery store. Dek’s tiny pumpkins tend to cost a dollar so far.

I’m not sure what these guys are doing, but what a gorgeous day and location to do any recreational sport

Image Notes: A very special thanks to Rob* and Julie** for sharing a few pics of our trip to the farm together. 

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