60 Years and Counting
For over 60 years the Schilters have farmed in the Nisqually Valley. Grandpa and Grandma Schilter immigrated from Switzerland and began dairy farming, as well as raising a family. One of their sons, Fred, met and married Patty Deck, whose family farmed across the freeway on what is now known as Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. Fred and Patty began farming the dairy and raised a wonderful family.
Of their five children, Jeff began working on the dairy hand-in-hand with his parents. He married Stephanie Herness and they began a family of their own. The family eventually phased out the dairy and took on a new venture — raising fresh vegetables. As the farm grew, so did the seasons that the farm remained open. We’re now open for 9 months of the year selling hanging baskets and flowers in the spring, fresh produce throughout the summer and fall, and beautiful fresh cut Christmas trees and wreaths in the winter.
It’s a Family Affair!
Schilter Family Farm is a real family farm. Jeff and Stephanie along with Patty now own and operate the farm with many family members help and support, especially during the farm’s large harvest festival in October. Check out all the friendly faces that greet you in October on FlickR — chances are they are part of the Schilter family!
Dedication and hard work have always been part of the Schilter family ‘s history. We are pleased to continue this dedication in providing the highest quality produce and family entertainment to all that visit our farm. It brings our family great joy to share our work and lovely farm with all who visit it. Thanks for supporting our farm.