You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day of Indian summer weather for historic farm touring in King County on this past Saturday, September 24.  Out in the Snoqualmie Valley, King County/WSU Extension held its annual Fall Harvest Farm Tour.  One of the best stops is always the Carnation Tree Farm, where visitors this year were able to view Jerry Mader’s new photo exhibit “Saving the Soil” in the loft of the massive 1910 hay barn.  And over on the gorgeous West Snoqualmie River Road is Jubilee Farm, a biodynamic CSA operation where visitors got guided wagon rides around the fields while the workers busily prepared for a big community pig roast.

The very same day was the annual Duvall Heritage Festival at the historic Dougherty Farmstead, a great one for kids to see demonstrations of butter churning, corn grinding, and mule plowing.  And over in Auburn, in a pastoral spot along the Green River, the amazing Mary Olson Farm opened its gates for the White River Valley Museum’s second annual “Hops & Crops” benefit.  This year the entire farmstead – historic house, hay barn, and all the original, carefully restored outbuildings were open for tours.  There was a fantastic turn-out, and a good time had by all.

Images: Mary Olson & Jubilee Farms © 2011, photos by 4Culture staff