Remlinger Farms, Carnation

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#126 of 536 in Outdoors in Washington State
It was the summer of 1965 when Gary and Bonnie Remlinger began realizing their dream of opening their own road side produce stand.

When Gary finished college, his father turned over the wholesale corn business to him. With fresh picked corn being brought in from Eastern Washington to sell wholesale, Gary had the idea of also selling corn in gunny sacks for $1.00 per sack to local folks. To his delight, this clever idea brought new customers to the farm from all over the Greater Seattle area.

When Gary's father, Floyd Remlinger, fully retired, Gary took over all aspects of running the family farm. Many a bright and sometimes risky idea has contributed to the growth of Remlinger Farms since then. In the wholesale strawberry business, one year the farm's primary buyer dropped out of the Washington-grown strawberry market in favor of the longer shelf life of the California strawberry. With over 100 acres of ripe strawberries to sell, Gary advertised and opened up a "first and best fruits" U-Pick. Into the fields strawberry lovers came!

By responding to visitor requests for more choices of fruits and vegetables in the fruit stand, the farm began to grow. Pumpkins, the first crop that Gary and Bonnie grew as a newly married couple, have continued to play a major role in farm activities. Now each October, schools from the Northwest Washington area visit the farm for educational weekday tours. Every October weekend the farm holds the northwest's largest Harvest Festival, bringing families from far and wide to join in the family festivities.

What began over 50 years ago as a humble produce stand has grown into a 200 acre tourist center offering a full service restaurant, bakery, ice cream parlor, large picnic areas, U-Pick fields, Birthday Party Packages, fun and educational tours and Country Fair Fun Park. The farm annually hosts more than 200,000 visitors from all over the world. Remlinger Farms is also famous for its pies and other products which are sold commercially in over 200 Northwest grocery stores.

At its heart, Remlinger Farms has not changed its original purpose. It is still a family owned and operated working farm with a produce stand. Gary's love of the land and Bonnie's love of animals sets the stage for everything that goes on at the farm. Gary still plows the fields and harvests the crops while Bonnie watches over the farm's animals and continually produces ideas to educate young children about the history and future of farming.

Daughter Diane and her husband Will are very active in the operation and management of the farm, overseeing the office, restaurant, and corporate picnics. Will has worked 20 years in sales prior to coming to Remlinger Farms, and is enjoying the challenges of Remlinger Farms, not to mention the additional time with his wife and family.
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  • This location has fun for kids and a great family day out. You can also get farm fresh vegetable and fruit from the store.  more »
  • This Pumpkin Patch is so beautiful. My grandchildren were so awed with the beautiful farm with so many fantastic rides and farm animals.  more »
  • we went this week all they had was frozen fruits and pies but that is what we wanted. Got peaches and raspberries and sugar free peach pie.have fresh fruit in summer and fall . also have sauces and dr...  more »
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  • We always have a fun day here. My 5yo daughter loves the rides and especially loves the ponies. We visit only on the weekdays as the weekends can be quite crowded. The restaurant is decent for a place like this. The food can take a while to arrive so there is a children's play area to help make the wait a bit easier.
  • I like this place and my kiddos love the toddler days. However I was pretty bummed that they closed off the car/bus area. The last time I went, it was open and naturally a huge hit for my toddler. Also, I find it strange that parents are charged too and you have to pay for kids that aren’t quite two yet and can’t even ride all the rides even on toddler days.
  • I came here to pick strawberries and raspberries. The signage leading to the berries was really straightforward and we didn’t have any trouble finding the place. The berries were great, although they didn’t last long in the fridge. I also would have liked to know what variety they were. There isn’t anyone out there telling you where to go that hasn’t been picked or telling you the rules. You don’t need to bring your own containers because they have boxes there. But they don’t have pint sized containers if you like that. Raspberry picking was by far my favorite because it’s easier, less crowded and next to a row of trees where you can rest if you get real hot. It’s much cheaper to pick raspberries than to buy them at the store or farmers market. I will definitely be coming here again!
  • We had a traumatic experience here recently. We took our 2 year old hoping she'll have fun time which soon turned into a horrible experience. We got into the train with our LO, just before the train moved she slipped and fell on the side sharp metal railing inside the train wagon. She got a bad and deep cut on her face just near the eye. She started bleeding very badly. There was no first aid nearby so I had to carry my little one and run all the way to the front desk (Reception/Customer service). We were already so scared and trying to calm our LO, one of the staff told my wife about a kid getting his head split "but he surveyed, so will your daughter", Why the hell would someone say this at that moment? My LO had to go through such a terrible incident, they didn't even bother to check on her (They took my contact information as if they care). It's all about money, if you notice they don't even respond to such reviews. The management is so careless about the safety of kids, it's kids amusement park but they don't even have common sense to keep first aid kit near the rides. All the rides have serious safety issues; they are shaky, old and rusty. Not sure if they follow any safety standards, at least they should make sure to pad(rubber) metal edges and cover hard surfaces with cushions. You should think 100 times before taking kids here.
  • My kids prefer this place than Disney. Best for ages 3 to 10. Get there early and make your money's worth. They close at 4:30 no matter what. Good good at restaurant
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