Remlinger Farms, Carnation
Categories: Farms, Tourist Spots
It was the summer of 1965 when Gary and Bonnie Remlinger began realizing their dream of opening their own road side produce stand.Plan your visit to Remlinger Farms and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Carnation vacation builder.
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 30 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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My daughter's kindergarten classmate invited us for his birthday party here and the kids loved this place :) The party was the red barn, after which we were given bands to enjoy the various activities... read more »
Visiting the area with family. Was there in between seasons so no pumpkins or special events going on. Had lunch, fresh and generous, reasonably priced. Shopped in the gift shop. Impressed with the as... read more »
Remlinger farms is a favorite beginning of summer destination for our kids...and honestly I don't mind either. The park has lots of carnival type rides but sized better for the 2 to 7 yr range. And a ... read more »
What a great location. Beautiful surrounding area. Some of the workers seemed to be bored and not super friendly but if I had to work on Sunday as a teen I can't say I'd be thrilled. There was lots to do and see and my two small children enjoyed it. We can't wait to come back and pick pumpkins in the fall!!
This is a yearly must for my family. It's a great mix of modern/classic rides. Very spacious and even when a lot of people are around, doesn't feel overly crowded. TIP: We normally buy tickets on Groupon when they become available...
So much fun for the whole family! Good food from the restaurant with an exceptional array of selections from the market. Our son had a great time riding the train around the farm as well as the rest of the rides. Will definitely go back.
Remlinger was terrific! Our 2 year old daughter usually doesn't like to leave our side in kid themed environments, but here she was very much comfortable. She loved feeding the animals and riding the trains and we had a great time watching her do so. We will definitely be back 10/10 Remlinger!
It was an ok experience. Had more expectations. Dont buy anything from the marketplace, we bought sauce and raspberry pie, didnt like either
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