Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Day in the Country

One fine autumn day, I decided to take a little drive in the country.  My destination: Green Bluff, a little farming community north of Spokane, WA.

 To get there, you have to take a little curvy, windy, country road.

First stop was Walters Fruit Ranch....

 They had one of the biggest pumpkins I had ever seen!

  Next was Thorsons, then  Sundown Browns Place...

.... then Eleven Acres,
and the, it was on to Byron Seimer's Farm.

 Here is the Siemers' castle corn maze:

 And their train ride for the little kiddies.

Their is a bountiful harvest there too!

Ahhhhhh  Green Bluff.  Kinda reminds me of home.

If you need a map, stop at the friendly barn colored  mailbox at Legacy Farm.  The Green Bluff map will show you where to go for fresh picked foods.  You can see the map or print it out at www.greenbluffgrowers.com

There's a lot of farms,too many to picture and name them all, but most of them are on the map or have a sign..  The ones listed here are just a few.  There is a whole rainbow of seasonal fruits and veggies.... even Christmas trees, depending of course on the time of the year.

(Thanks Beckman's! PS  Loved the dragon too!)

 Take a lovely family autumn photo here along the road by the Legacy Farm.... with Mt. Spokane in the backdrop.   (This won't be your K-Mart / Penny's "professional" photo, but it will be genuinely autumn and beautiful!)

This is Harvest House.
Here is Cole's.

Trezzi's Red Barn..

There's Hansen's.

High Country Orchard

 Next stop....Knapps.


 Where there are pumpkins-a-plenty... (strawberries in an earlier season.)
 and a pumpkin cannon too!
 Here is Mr. Knapp now... getting ready to launch the pumpkins in the cannon.  Andy will attempt to hit a target far, far away in another field.

There were a lot of people waiting to see how his ingenious cannon worked.   When all were finally gathered, he gave a demonstration.

He packs the pumpkin projectiles in straw, so when they fly out, you will see the straw disperse... and the pumpkins too.  So, it is not little pieces of shattered pumpkin that you see here.  look closly and you will see the pumpkins flying....  whole. They remain so until they hit the target, or the ground around the target, as the case may be.

 "Thar she blows!"
Off the go into the wild blue yonder....
If you click on this photo and look carefully, you can see the white target out in the next field. (It is kinda in the center by the greenery of those trees.)

 The target was not hit that day.  Hasn't been hit yet.  (I think he is perfecting his aim, year by year!)
You can take a cool photo here too.  Just put your face behind the painted board... and you can be a pumpkin!
 Knapp has built this amazing, enormous, (free) hay maze to loose your kids in for a little while, if you'd like.  Hint: You are supposed to watch them have fun while they are in here.

Looks like fun to me.

And he has animals that you can see.

 They like to see you too.

Visiting here is just plain fun!

 And the best part, besides having some fun, breathing fresh country air, is that you can buy fresh picked, delicious food direct from your favorite farmer.   You can ask them directly about themselves, their farms and all the whys and hows of their homegrown food.
 Then you can take a bunch home with you , can it, freeze it, store it, and eat it on the way home or all winter long.
There are a lot of farms on Green Bluff, which is not a city or a township, but a little country farming community, just about ten miles north of Spokane.


 The Roening's Orchard and the Green Bluff Greenhouse... Strawberry Hill... Mrs. Kalin's..... the list goes on.  There is a lot to see and do here, and, it is a pretty place to visit when you want to take a little drive in the country.  This is true, any time of the year.

 On this day, the autumn leaves were beautiful!  The air was fresh and brisk.  I loved it.
Home, sweet home.

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