Agritourism Explained and Explored

Seattle, Washington
Pike Place, Seattle, Washington
Pike Place is a central feature of Seattle's foodie scene (Tim Thompson/Seattle CVB)

Seattle, Washington
Seattle is a town for all manner of foodies and agritourism-seeking urbanites. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on one side and rolling farmland on the other, it creates a great opportunity to enjoy a 100-mile diet. All types of tastings and tours abound round the city such as oyster tastings, urban chicken-farm visits, neighborhood cuisine tours, wine and beer tasting tours, and the original Starbucks coffee shop. The city's crown jewel is the Pike Place Farmer's Market, which holds the record for the oldest operating farmer's market in the United States, first offering stalls of farm-laden produce to customers in 1907.

A number of historical and informative food tours are available to people looking for an entertaining behind-the-scenes perspective of the market. Consider local chef Diane LaVonne's Market Kitchen tours. During this unique tour you'll stroll through Pike Place Market, where LaVonne introduces you to local farmers and producers and selects a variety of seasonal items. You'll then return to LaVonne's Market Kitchen for a cooking class and lunch using the ingredients purchased.

To dig deeper into the agritourism experience, head out of Seattle for a day trip to explore the family farms of The Red Rooster Route in Snohomish County, located in Arlington, Washington, about 30 minutes drive from Seattle. Many berry farms are located along the route with the option to visit and u-pick. Summer harvests of sweet juicy blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, tayberries, and blackberries are primetime for berry festivals. Biringer Farm offers a Be a Farmer Tour during summer with interactive storytelling and berry education. Fall festivals feature apple and pear cider pressing, pumpkin hunts in patches, and corn maze adventures, plus an abundance of farm-fresh produce to pick and purchase.

DO: Connect the dots between the restaurants, farmer's markets, and the farms for a full-circle Seattle agritourism experience. Complete the journey by staying at the Vintage Park Hotel, which offers Washington winery-themed guest rooms and a Washington wines daily wine reception with an informative talk.

Published: 25 Oct 2010 | Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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