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Saturday's Farm Tour will include local stops

The 5th annual King County Harvest Celebration Farm Tour will run through Enumclaw between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Local residents can do the entire tour, which covers Woodinville to Vashon Island, or just do the Plateau loop to see and participate in fun and educational farming activities.

Three local farms will open their gates to visitors:

€ Country Farmers Market on state Route 169, just north of Enumclaw, is a full-service produce and 10-acre farm specializing in local produce and products. Visitors will be able to hunt the pumpkin patch for the perfect eating and carving pumpkins, learn about bee-keeping at the honey-bee demonstration and pick up local specialties inside the market.

€ Down the road just outside the Enumclaw city limits sits the Lewis Irwin Farm, home to George and Paddy Irwin and their herd of Herefords. The farm will have land and water stewards on hand to conduct presentations and answer questions about the farms' efforts to raise cattle while preserving the salmon stream (Newaukum Creek) running through their 48 acres. There will also be demonstrations for showing animals.

€ Afterward, head down to Rockridge Orchards and Bamboo on 212th Avenue Southeast. Rockridge Orchards specializes in more than a dozen varieties of crisp, delicate Asian pears right in season as well as bamboo. Visit the farm store to sample pear and apple ciders or pick up bamboo plants, seeds, shoots and poles. Heirloom tomatoes, peppers and edamame are also available. Relax in the teahouse and garden or tour the bamboo groves and pear orchards throughout the day.

As an added attraction, Rockridge Orchards will also be a stopping point that day for a Mini Cooper rally passing through town.

The farm tour is sponsored by the Washington State University and King County Cooperative Extension office, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks in partnership with From the Heart of Washington.

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