In Seattle we're lucky that expanding cities and encroaching suburbs haven't wiped out small farms. Orchards, dairies, chicken farms, and other agricultural operations are all around us, many of which are more than happy to entertain and educate a few guests.
A farm visit is a wonderful way to connect kids with the food we eat. Picking their own blueberries, exploring fresh produce at farm stands, and petting a cow at a dairy all teach children about where their food comes from.
Puget Sound Fresh offers a printed farm guide to western Washington, as well as a database that allows you to find farms by location and crop. These resources are available at www.pugetsoundfresh.org.
One of our favorites is Golden Glen Creamery in verdant Skagit Valley. There visitors young and old are treated to a behind-the-scenes look at a well-run, family-owned dairy. Make sure to call ahead and request a tour, because this is a working farm.
This dairy gives visitors a look at how cheese, milk, and yogurt are produced, although the cows are guaranteed to steal the show. In the Spring you may even be lucky enough to see some calves!
For even more options, check out this list of our favorite Seattle farms and petting zoos!