Address: 15565 State Rte. 536; Mount Vernon
Miles off of I-5: 5
Owners: Steve, Susan & Jen Schuh
Farm type: Pumpkins and seasonal produce with roadside stands. U-pick and we-pick.
Directions: From I-5 exit 226 (Kincaid St.) go west. Turn right onto S. 3rd St., stay in center lane. Straight through light at 1st St., over Skagit River Bridge, road becomes State Route 536. Drive 3 miles, farm is on right and left hand side. Ample parking on the south side.
Farm premises: 300-acre farm, 5-acre homestead with 100+ year old home, barn, and hen house. “Great Pumpkin Patch” located on the south side of State Route 536
- Barrel Train ride – $
- U-pick pumpkins – $
- Pumpkin balloon playground – $
- Face painting – $
FREE~ ACTIVITIES at 5-acre Homestead:
- Hen house with chickens and Three Little Pigs
- Yellow Brick Road and playground
- Picnic area
- Costumed Characters
FREE ACTIVITIES at The Great Pumpkin Patch:
- Antique tractor educational hayrides with farmer Steve – participants receive free ear of corn-on-the-cob
- Squash talk every 1/2 hour
- See summer u-pick area
- Walk down the Gravenstein apple path. These mature trees are from the Cedardale Orchard
- Picnic Area
~Paid~ The Great Pumpkin Patch:
- Recycle Junktion & Mole hill mountain ($)
- Corn Maze – $
- The great pumpkin patch – search for the largest pumpkin – $
Learn while touring these premises: Meet Farmer Steve and let him educate you on farming with the Schuh’s. Find out how he now sells everything he grows himself. Participants receive a free hot corn on the-cob! Head to the animal areas and meet the FFA students to inform you on the local farm animals.
FREE SAMPLES: Seasonal vegetables, fruit and beverages.
Food ($): Hot roasted corn on the cob, chili, ice cream, espresso, hot apple cider, fresh pies.
Retail ($): Retail barn featuring fresh produce, flowers, seasonal pies, jams, syrups, gourmet foods and local pickles. Artisan cheeses, and butter. Gourds, pumpkins, cornstalks, and fall plants. Great fall and Halloween merchandise.
Farm history: In 1963 the farm grew only green peas for 3 local processors. With the exodus of processors from the Skagit Valley we have become a fresh market farm. The Great Pumpkin Patch history was a small dairy farm homesteaded by the Hansen Family. It was held in this family for 4 generations. For the last 15 years it has been farmed by the Schuh Family and is now owned by the Schuh’s. This is our “Great Pumpkin Patch” to grow for generations to enjoy.
AgFARMation: In 1998, Skagit Valley farms produced 15,034 acres of peas for processing; in 2001 that was reduced to 5,307 acres.