The Sweetest Playground
Ripe, sweet berries and room to roam - why kids love Spooner Farms in Puyallup
For over six generations, Spooner Farms has been more than just a farm; it’s a piece of living history in Puyallup Valley since 1882. From its modest start on 80 acres by Antone and Mary Spooner, it’s now a must-visit spot for locals and tourists seeking an authentic farm experience during the summer and fall.
What makes Spooner Farms stand out is its dedication to quality. The farm offers a variety of berries and gourds that keep people coming back season after season. The summer months kick off with strawberry picking, followed by raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries available throughout July. Visitors can enjoy sunflower fields and fresh sweet corn as August rolls in. And as the fall air sets in, the Harvest Festival in October offers the flavors of fall and the chance to pick pumpkins.
Direct-to-consumer marketing sets Spooner Farms’ produce apart. Customers know they’re getting top-tier goods, while the farm can focus on flavor and quality, and skip the challenges of shelf life and long-distance transport. Sam Spooner, the farm’s owner, understands the hardships and rewards of farming. “It’s hard, but at the end of the day, if you can produce a product like these raspberries, it makes it worth it,” he shares.
Over the years, the Spooner family has adapted to changing demands, expanding their offerings beyond the traditional. Since the late 1990s, the farm has transformed into a family-friendly destination. Beyond picking berries, visitors can explore a corn maze, try their hand at the Spooner Pumpkin Sling Shot, interact with farm animals, and let kids run wild in the Kid’s Activity Barn.
Sam Spooner’s experience reflects the broader challenges of farming, including land availability and meeting customer expectations. Yet, despite these difficulties, Spooner Farms remains a symbol of resilience and dedication. It’s a place where community thrives and a connection to the land endures. The farm’s Harvest Festival becomes a focal point as the autumn chill arrives, bringing families together for pumpkin picking and fall fun.
Spooner Farms’ enduring appeal lies in its authenticity. It’s not just about berries and pumpkins; it’s about preserving a way of life. The farm’s story continues as seasons come, inviting everyone to be part of the legacy. With each passing year, Spooner Farms offers an opportunity to embrace the simple pleasures of nature and tradition. In a rapidly changing world, it remains a touchstone, reminding us of the importance of roots and the joy of shared experiences.
In the heart of Puyallup Valley, as the sun rises and sets, Spooner Farms stands as a testament to hard work, family values, and the land’s generosity. It’s a place where the past and the present coexist harmoniously and where the spirit of the farm lives on through the laughter of children, the taste of fresh berries, and the warmth of community.