The cow says, “Moo.” The horse says, “Neigh.” And your little animal lover shouts, “Hooray!” when you plan a trip to the farm this summer. We’ve pieced together the best our area has to offer when it comes to family farms. From animal encounters and berry picking, to farms that add carnival faves alongside their wide open spaces, each one guarantees enough fresh air plus play time to tucker out your mini farm hand by the end of the day.
Think of Whidbey Island’s Greenbank Farm as a 152-acre playground for the kiddos, complete with parent perks that make the ferry ride well worth it (hello, wine shop, cheese shop, and art galleries!). There’s so much to do, it’s hard to know where to start. But we suggest stopping by the wine shop first. No, not for a glass of merlot (yet). That’s where you can find a birding chart, self-guided walking tour, or family scavenger hunt sheet. Next up is a Dr. Doolittle fix for the kiddos, featuring up-close animal experiences at the Organic Farm School. Families will find sheep and chickens, as well as friendly students who love to answer questions. (Finally, someone else to answer those endless “why” questions for a while!).
The grotto between the pond and the wetlands is another must-see parent spot. The gardens are managed by master gardeners, and make for some shaded down time when the little guys need it. If tummies are rumbling, head to the loganberry patch. Eight rows of u-pick berries straight off the bush are hard to beat if you’re under 5. Or, if you really need a fix, check out Whidbey Pies Cafe for some home-baked deliciousness. It's a day trip with a cherry on top!
Hours: Sunrise to sunset on the farm; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for shops on the property
photo: Greenbank Farm Facebook page
Have you visited any of these farms? Which one is your family’s favorite? Tell us in the Comments below.
— Allison Sutcliffe