The pandemic may have put a damper on summer plans, but there’s still plenty of fall fun ahead, and nothing says autumn like a visit to a farm. From intricate corn mazes to pumpkin patches and tractor rides, there’s plenty of COVID-safe activities for the whole family. Stop by these local farms to sample fresh seasonal harvests, take in the comforting colors of October, and partake in entertaining activities you can only experience this time of year.  


Photo Courtesy of Bellewood Farms & Distillery 

Last year, Bellewood Farms produced their largest apple harvest ever. This year, they’re expecting even more. With over 21 varieties of apples, from honeycrisps, to gravensteins and sansens, the annual U-Pick offers a fun way to experience the orchard while social distancing.  

“It’s a really fun experience,” says owner Eric Abel. “It’s a really safe, fun, and clean environment, but with fresh air, and Mount Baker views.”  

Apples aren’t the only thing growing this fall. October also means pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and tractor rides. Pumpkins and apples are available for U-Pick, or for purchase at the farm’s shop.  

During your visit, be sure to stop by Bellewood’s distillery for breakfast and lunch items, plus plenty of cider, beers, and liquors on tap. Enjoy them inside or at one of the farm’s 30 outdoor picnic tables, and don’t forget your free samples.  

To accomodate more people at the farm and keep social distancing attainable, Bellewood has expanded their hours, now open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m, Wednesday-Sunday. They’re also offering tractor rides out to the orchard, completely free of charge. 6140 Guide Meridian Rd., Lynden,  


This year, the name of the pumpkin game at Gordon Skagit Farms is space, space, space. Instead of a corn maze, the corn field boasts six wide boulevards that lead to the pumpkin fields, creating plenty of room for social distancing. The same goes for the pumpkin fields themselves, where the roads have been widened, allowing visitors to browse while maintaining six feet.  

“We’re trying to think of how people can spread out and feel comfortable,” says Eddie Gordon, who owns the farm along with his brother, Todd. “You might have to do a little more walking this year…[but] even on a crowded day, no one’s going to feel up against one another.”  

The farm has also amped up its displays, creating more photo opportunities. These, too, will be spaced farther apart for social distancing, as will picnic tables where people can enjoy a slice of pizza (available for purchase on weekends). 

The check-out process is also more streamlined this year. Another option is ordering online and then picking up at the farm, or giving the farm a list and returning later to pick up your goods.  

“Like old-time grocery store shopping,” Eddie explains. 

The fun continues with a mask competition, to go along with the Halloween spirit. “We thought we’d take something that’s been stressful…and have a little fun with it,” Eddie says. 15598 McLean Rd., Mount Vernon, 


Photo Courtesy of Home Farm U-Pick & Events

Since 2017, Bridgette DiMonda, Daniel Burdick, and their daughter Chloe have been the heart of Home Farm U-Pick and Events in Birch Bay. Starting October 2 and going through the last weekend of the month, visit the farm to pick a pumpkin — or 10 — from the pumpkin patch.  

When you’re done picking the perfect future jack-o’-lantern, take a photo with the tractor or enjoy a tractor ride around the farm. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions, the farm may also offer a tractor train ride.  

If you’re in quick need of a pumpkin, you can also grab one at the farm’s self-serve farm stand, open seven days a week from 8am to 7pm. The stand remains open year-round, and operates on the honor system. This fall, you’ll find other seasonal goodies like sweet corn, greens, sunflowers, and corn stalks for decorating. The stand also offers items sourced from around Whatcom County, like Barnyard Coffee, Trilby’s seasonings, and handmade soaps from In Bloom8020 Kickerville Rd., Blaine, 

Photo Courtesy of Home Farm U-Pick & Events

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