The Key Peninsula Farm Tour next month will feature a dozen stops.
The day will begin with a firehouse pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at the Key Center fire station. The Key Peninsula Fire Department hold its open house until noon that day. Ashes will sell baked goodies, and kids’ activities will be included.
Gateway Park at Wauna will be the information center and a good starting point for the tour, which will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A map of the locations may be picked up there or at the various stops.
Hayrides and tours of the greenhouse and gardens will be available. KeyPen Parks, the Fresh Food Revolution Co-op, Bayshore Garden Club and Master Gardeners all will be on hand with information.
The Key Peninsula Historical Society will present the history of huckleberries on the KP, including a video of the process from picking to pie, demonstrations of an antique huckleberry cleaner, samples of huckleberry taffy, a hands-on activity for kids, and a free brochure of local history and recipes. Some local books also will be available.
Bea’s Flowers will have demonstrations on care, growing and storage of dahlias, bouquets and fresh produce. For children, artist Tweed Meyer will offer coloring book activities. A petting zoo and tricks by Kuzko the goat will entertain them. Tammy Jacobsen will sing country music. Hamburgers, corn on the cob and soft drinks will be available.
Blue Willow Lavender Farm will have a pumpkin wall display, pumpkins for sale, and the store will have a variety of lavender products. Every hour, a guided tour of its “lavender hospital” will include lavender plant babies, those in critical condition or recovery modes, and even a morgue. The tour guide will explain about diseases, causes and cures, and visitors may even see a miracle recovery.
PackLeader Farm is all about dogs. Learn about dog herding and training there.
Rocky Bay Equine will offers Thunder’s anatomy, painted by artist/veterinarian Robin Peterson. Facility tours will be available.
Gentle Giant Meadows Ranch will have hayrides, dog-training demos, a petting zoo, “find the candy in the haystack,” a bubble table, Fort Nisqually historical re-enactment, the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and 4-H Club.
Vendors: Connie’s Soap and Jewelry, “Gertie and Quest” and Longbranch Improvement Club cookbooks, and a huge horse tack sale. Seasonal produce, eggs, chickens and turkeys also will be available.
Cape E Farm and Vineyard will offer vineyard and garden tours, an artist, musicians, baked goods, coffee and a picnic area. The Mustard Seed Project will be present, produce will be available, and there will be farm critters to pet.
Trillium Creek Winery will host vineyard tours and wine tasting.
Creviston Valley Farm, the tour event center, will have corn on the cob, hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks.
Andy Fenton will perform 10 a.m. to noon, Dr. Roes’ Downhome Band at 1 p.m., and Rusty Roots Bluegrass from 2 to 4 p.m.
Demonstrations will include 4 Winds Riding Center vaulting and Horsehandling with a question-and-answer session.
Vendors will include Bee Lady’s Honey, KP Business Association, KP Community Council, KPKampers, Goin’ Postal, Master Gardeners, Pierce County Conservation District, fresh produce from My Mother’s Garden and Qberry Farm.
Fiber Arts Show at LIC will feature more than 30 artists and artisans, who will demonstrate, display and sell their products.
Outside will be antique tractors and the Sherman Family Petting Zoo. Inside, dessert will be for sale.
Kaukiki Farm will sell fleeces, rovings and wool bats. See and learn about hay harvesting equipment and field irrigation. Watch Oxford Down rams and ewes in the fields with their Guardian Dogs.
Primary Farm Tour sponsors this year are Angel Guild and KeyPen Parks. Other sponsors include the KP Business Association and Hemley’s Portable Toilet Rental.Colleen Slater writes a monthly column for the Neighbors page. She can be reached by email at email@example.com.