BY DAVID STERN
Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
October 26, 2016
Thousands of families travel to Sherman’s Pioneer Farm in Coupeville each year to carry on or start a new tradition and create happy memories. The farm, with its squash, gourds, barns, and cows helps me reconnect with a time when I spent my summers on a farm as a teenager.
Sherman’s has been farming pumpkins and squash since the 1950s, and Dale and Liz Sherman produce some of the finest squash in Washington State. The Blue Hubbard variety grown here was developed by the Sherman family and has become a staple of chefs and fine grocers around the region. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of this squash are processed and packaged on the farm to be shipped all over the state.
But that is not why most people come to visit the farm in October. Taking a trolley ride to the pumpkin patch and selecting your own jack-o-lantern is the main attraction. The Sherman family’s sense of humor is obvious when you see all their toys on the farm. Dale Sherman pulls people to and from the pumpkin patch with a larger-than-life “Tonka” tractor.
For me, traditions start when I visit a place that I simply cannot go a year without re-visiting. Sherman’s Pioneer Farm is one of those places. The brightly colored pumpkins, squash, and gourds bring happiness during a season that ushers in many dreary days. Thankfully, families like the Shermans are committed to creating a beautiful place to visit, while also working a historic local farm.
Sherman’s Pioneer Farm is open for trolley rides Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in October. During the rest of the week, you can purchase pumpkins with cash or check by depositing your payment in the honesty box on the farm stand door.
The farm is located on Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve at 46. S Ebey Road. Coupeville, WA 98239.
David Stern is a Coupeville-based photographer and co-owner of Whidbey Custom Photography with his wife Madisun Elizabeth. David was mentored by his grandfather, a world-famous landscape photographer based in New England. David hopes to work as a photojournalist one day, traveling the world and telling stories.
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