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Meet the Schilter Family

The legacy of Schilter Family Farm spans over 85 years, rooted deeply in the fertile lands of the Nisqually Valley. It all began when Grandpa and Grandma Schilter immigrated from Switzerland, pioneering dairy farming while nurturing a growing family. Among their children, Fred stood out, eventually crossing paths with Patty Deck, whose own family tilled the neighboring lands that would later become the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.
Fred and Patty united their farming legacies, steering the dairy operation with dedication and raising a beautiful family in the process. As time flowed, the reins of daily operations passed to their son, Jeff, and his wife, Stephanie.
In 1997, the family embarked on a bold new journey, transitioning from dairy to embrace agriculture-tourism, birthing the inaugural Schilter pumpkin patch.
In the span of 28 eventful years, Schilter Family Farm blossomed into the South Sound's premier harvest festival destination, boasting the region's largest pumpkin patch and corn maze. Christmas trees found their home amidst the fields in 1999, inaugurating a choose-and-cut tradition in 2005. Through the years, the farm has woven itself into the tapestry of family traditions, welcoming generations to "Celebrate the Seasons" amidst its rustic charm.
But at its heart, Schilter Family Farm remains a true family affair. Jeff, Stephanie, and Patty, though retired, continue to shepherd the farm, buoyed by the unwavering support of kinfolk, and dedicated team members. From children to nieces, nephews, and a host of family friends, each hand plays a part in crafting moments of pure, old-fashioned joy, offering up quality products and experiences that linger in the heart long after the season's end.