In 1985, as ends meet became harder to make, the Carleton family sold its cows and closed its nearly 30-year-old dairy farm. Not to be deterred, Mary Carleton began selling pumpkins and sweet corn from a roadside stand three years later. Today, the Carletons continue Mary's efforts by cultivating 60 acres of produce, including english peas, zucchini, and green and purple beans. Along with their own veggies, the Carletons stock their farm market with organic raw milk, grass-fed beef, local honey, and handmade pies.
After a summer spent selling their produce, the Carletons unwind with guests for nearly two months of autumnal fun starting in September. A corn maze with stalks more than 9-feet high snakes through a 4-acre field in a different shape each year. Come dusk, a cornfield eerily transforms into the haunted swamp, which dares guests aged 12 and up to creep through its creature-filled labyrinth. The pumpkin patch teems with various-sized pumpkins ripe for plucking, while the pumpkin cannon launches gourds into the air in hopes that one will transform into Cinderella's private jet. The fenced kids' area further entices youngsters with a zip swing, tube slides, and a rope maze, and the play area inside the barn intrigues them with a rope swing and hay maze.
At Buffalo Chevron, drivers fuel up engines at the pump while journeying inside to recharge with sweet and salty snacks. Their Extra Mile convenience store serves up piping hot cups of Seattle’s best coffee, complimented by a warm and hand-held breakfast sandwich. The station’s automated car wash blasts away stains from rain and road salt while an assortment of Red Bull and Rockstar energy drinks give you enough pep to translate your owner’s manual into Elvish.
QFC supplies kitchens and cabinets with a scrumptious array of fresh meat, organic produce, and homemade baked goods. Reward teeth for not biting into wax fruit by sinking pearls into artisanal Discover Delicious cupcakes, freshly baked in a variety of flavors. The salty-sweet fusion found in maple-bacon cupcakes provides a tasty way to satisfy USDA bacon requirements, and the peanut-butter-and-jelly cupcake brings together a delectable duo as classic as spaghetti and meatballs or onions and tears. Meanwhile, traditional tastes such as German chocolate, red velvet, and Boston cream keep decadence familiar, and all flavors can capably carry themselves during a birthday, dinner gathering, or midnight rendezvous.
More than 2,000 hot sauces, 800 barbecue sauces, and 400 marinades line the sauce aisles at Double DD Meats. And that's not even the main attraction. The family-owned meat market and deli shop has specialized in serving fresh cuts of beef, pork, poultry, and exotic meats since 1955. A display case on the right-hand side of the shop contains deli meats and cheeses, as well as sausage links, which are blended and cased in-house. The one-stop chophouse and hot-sauce haven also showcases an array of mustards, injectable marinades, and more than 500 dry rubs. Friendly butchers treat their customers like family, answering questions and catering to their needs by slicing steaks to desired thicknesses, special ordering hot sauces, and even crafting summer sausage necklaces for that special someone.
Named Best Gift/Book Store in the Bothell Reporter's Best of Northshore 2010 Readers' Choice Awards, Ostroms Drug & Gift has presented patrons with greeting cards, novelty gifts, and pharmaceuticals for half a century. Owned and operated by three generations of the Ramsey family, the store has amassed a loyal staff, with each employee averaging 10 years. In addition to greeting their customers with a friendly face and an enthusiastic chest bump during regular business hours, the staff's community-minded pharmacists make emergency house calls.
SeaBear's crew has dedicated more than half a century to reeling in a variety of wild Alaskan salmon, flash-freezing a majority of their catches and shipping them on dry ice to maintain nutrients and flavor. SeaBear's signature smoked salmon gift boxes, on the other hand, arrive in the patented gold seal pouch, which can keep fillets fresh in their own juices for at least four years or until the next king-crab election.