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Remlinger Farms, Carnation

3.8
#9 of 27 in Outdoors in Washington State
Farm Tourist Spot
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 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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  • I found this place on Groupon and was well worth it. My 2 and 4 yo had a great time and so did all the adults. They have fun stuff and rides for the entire family to do together. The food at the resta...  more »
  • Attended a company pic-nic at Remlinger Farms. What I can tell you is that this place is pretty well focused on family activities. If you are a couple with no kids visiting, there really isn't much to...  more »
  • Remlinger Farms is great for a family outing. We took our grand daughters out there for some summer fun. There are many activities for a family and this is a place that allows you to enjoy some basic ...  more »
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  • Very family friendly farm. Great rides tailored for small kids (6 year old seems to be the sweet spot). Will organized and run. It can be a bit pricey without a Groupon or similar so keep an eye out for those.
  • Went for a toddler day, at the mini train ride place, when we arrived, the train was full, so we waited as group B. But when the group A done with the train, the operator was having so much fun chatting with one of the group A's parents, she offered them to go on the corn ride. Which was right next to each other, and both operated by her. Well, group B kids were already sit in the train and wait for the ride. The group A kids just got off the train, and not get into the corn ride field yet. What kind of rule is to let some kids have two fun in a roll, while the other kids have to wait and wait for two turns? Specially, group A parents were planning to wait for the group B's train ride finish. The operator just ignore us and tell our kids to wait, and keep tell the group A parents to get in. Well, things settled as group A parents speak up that they would wait. Thanks to them. How funny thing is, at the other rides, the same situation, that operator was finishing up with group A on the kiddie great wheels, then group B kids, then moved over to the second ride. Guess it wasn't the farm's rule on the unfairness operation way.
  • Amazing food. The small market is beautiful lots of fresh produce. Loads and loads of fun for kids with awesome rides and steam train is the best atrraction for kids.
  • Full of activities.. A complete package for kids.. Many rides and honest people.. Lost my camera but found it safe with train driver..
  • This place was so cute and beautiful! We went for the Rugged Maniac race and got to explore the property and absolutely loved it. We all want to come back and visit in the future

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