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Biringer Strawberry Festival is June 16-17

ARLINGTON — The fourth-annual Biringer Farms’ Strawberry Festival is set for June 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a part of the nonprofit Red Rooster Route.

This Strawberry Festival is hosted by Biringer Farms who will welcome those interested in buying local and picking berries fresh from the fields.

Biringer Farms anticipates the strawberries will be ready from mid- to late June and will have “u-pick” and we-pick strawberries and strawberry shortcake for sale.

This year’s theme is “Fun in Farmland,” and kids’ activities include a giant strawberry ride, kites, animals, face paint, giant strawberry and castle maze inflatables, pennies in the hay, kiddy slides, pig-butt bowling, interactive strawberry story time, riding the jolly trolley and plucking strawberries right from the vines.

Attendees can picnic on the covered wagon next to the old historic barn and stop by the Farm Market for pre-picked strawberries and strawberry shortcake, local honey, gourmet packaged shortcakes, cold drinks, and sliced and sugared strawberries ready to eat and freeze.

Mike Biringer, farmer and owner of Biringer Farms, said, “The strawberry festival is a great opportunity to see a real working farm up close and support local agriculture.”

His wife and co-owner, Dianna Biringer, agreed and added, “Sign up to enter the second-annual Tasty Jam Party. When you bring your own homemade jam made entirely or in part with Biringer Farms strawberries or raspberries, you will get one free six-box flat of our strawberry or raspberries. The tasting will be on July 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check www.biringerfarm.com for details.”

Other farms open on the Red Rooster Route during the Strawberry Festival are Garden Treasures Nursery & Organic Farm, Foster’s Produce and Corn Maze, plus another route partner the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum, which is closed on Sundays. This year of the annual Red Rooster Route includes a variety of spring and summer festivals, including Red Rooster Route Days on July 21 and 22 at all the destinations on the Red Rooster Route, the Blueberry Festival on July 28 at Bryant Blueberry Farm & Nursery, the Pozole & Corn Roast Festival at Garden Treasures Nursery & Organic Farm on Sept. 8, Pioneer Days at the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum on Sept. 15, and more. As a self-guided tour through the greater Arlington area, the Red Rooster Route is rich with pastoral views and plenty of recreational and “u-pick” opportunities. To learn more about the farms and festivals on the Red Rooster Route and to download a tour map, visit the website at www.redroosterroute.com.

Biringer Farms in Arlington is located at 21412 59th Ave. NE and admission is free, although fees exist for some activities and food.

The Red Rooster Route is a nonprofit association of small, family-friendly farms in the Arlington area of Snohomish County, which are open to the public during the harvest season.

For more information and to learn about individual farms visit the website at www.redroosterroute.com.

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