You weren’t alone Sunday if you needed a pumpkin or about a dozen apple fritters and decided to go to Carolyn Lattin’s East Olympia farm.
Hundreds of people took advantage of sun-filtered skies to see and taste all that the historic farm on Rich Road has to offer.
October, of course, is the month of Halloween and pumpkins. Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm has a large pumpkin patch, and plenty of adults and children Sunday were checking a not-too-muddy patch trying to find the perfect pumpkin to take home.
But October at Lattin’s farm is really about something else. It’s when the farm celebrates the apple harvest, bringing in thousands of varieties of apples from Yakima to press into the farm’s award-winning cider. Those apples also are incorporated into the I-need-it-now apple fritter that had dozens waiting in line for a taste of warm and gooey goodness.
Most of the fritters, and a range of food, are sold in the main building on the farm. It’s so crowded with customers that Carolyn Lattin decided to set up a booth at another location on the farm to help ease the crush. It seemed to work, with many choosing to get their fritters at the second location.
“It’s lots of fun, but it’s also lots of hard work,” said Lattin, the longtime matriarch of a farm that has been part of her family since 1956.
But running a year-round farm with the added intensity of a seasonal uptick in business during October hasn’t slowed her down, she said.
“I can’t hardly wait to get to work in the morning,” she said.
Volunteer Stan Fitzgerald, who was helping with parking Sunday, said the farm during October is busiest this weekend and next.
Lattin wasn’t so sure, saying it seems to get busier and busier every year.