PUMPKIN PATCHES - October
Fall in Mt. Hood Territory means pumpkin spiced everything is on the market. And, you can’t have the spice without the pumpkin. Fortunately, we have a lot of farms here with some pretty awesome pumpkin patches. Here’s a round up of some of our favorite pumpkin patch and picking options here in The Territory.
- Bushue’s Family Farm out in Boring is known for being a great spot for u-pick berries. Once that season ends, pumpkin season begins. Head over Tuesday – Sundays Sept. 28 - Oct. 31, from 10 am to 5 pm, for your pick of pumpkins from their extensive (and scenic) grounds. Plus tractor-pulled hayrides and farm animals!
- Fiala Farms in West Linn has a great pumpkin patch open Sept. 14 - Oct. 31, from 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and until 5 pm weekends, and you can even clip your own pumpkin straight from the vine! Not to mention a 5-acre corn maze open the week earlier on Sept. 7. They also have fall decor for sales and wagon rides on the weekends starting Oct. 5.
- Fir Point Farms near Aurora has a lot to offer in addition to pumpkins. Their Country Grains Store is known for farm-fresh baked goods (hint: apple cider donuts) and delicious soups, fresh pies and all sorts of other fresh goodies that hearken back to a simpler time. The kids have endless options for play here on the weekends with the 6-acre corn maze, cow train, pumpkin bowling, pony rides, hayrides and even a petting zoo, open 10 am - 5 pm, Oct. 5 - 27. *Dog-friendly farm!
- If a big pumpkin patch isn’t enough to excite your kids, perhaps a miniature train ride at Flower Farmer/Phoenix Holly Railroad in Canby will be enough to get the kids interested. The Pumpkin Run Train Rides begin operations on Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 31. The Boo Train, (think haunted house on rails) for older kids runs in Oct. from late dusk until 9 pm on the 5th, 11th, 12th and 18th through the 30th. *Dog-friendly farm!
- If you have little tikes, Hartnell Farms has a pumpkin patch ideally suited for them and is open Mon - Sat from 9 am - 6 pm beginning Oct. 5. *Dog-friendly farm!
- The Historic Kirchem Farm opens Fri - Sun every weekend in October from 9 am - 4 pm and in addition to their pumpkin patch they offer games for kids, hayrides and horses to say hi to in the barn. Bonus: They offer Bent Shovel Brewing beers and a food cart to keep you satiated.
- Head out to Boring for Liepold Farm’s annual Fall Harvest Festival, running Sept. 23 - Oct. 31, from 9 am - 5 pm. Not only do they have a tremendous selection of pumpkins, but a huge, five-acre corn maze that will be an exciting challenge. Other fun activities include the Apple Pult, hay ride and the Dead End Challenge. The Owl Bistro features amazing pulled pork sandwiches, nachos and other favorites, as well as a great selection of local beers, wines and hard ciders. *Dog-friendly farm!
- Happy Valley sure is happy to have Mr. Tree's Pumpking Patch and Corn Maze open 10 am - 5 pm from Oct. 5 - 31. And it's no wonder it's such a happy place because their hayrides and Kids' Zone with hay pyramid and bounce house, are free!
- Ever been on a caterpillar barrel train? How about slung an apple in a sling shot? Well at Olson Farms, open all of October, you can! Along with their pumpkin patch and horse drawn hayrides!
- For a truly unique weekend experience check out Our Table Cooperative's Certified Organic pumpkin patch open 11 am - 3 pm on the weekends starting Oct. 5, with both decorative and edible pumpkins. Plus a myriad of family activities including hay rides and cider pressing. *Dog-friendly farm!
- Ryser’s Farm off of Stafford road is great for school field trips with their abundance of pumpkins, mini straw bales, mini hay maze and apple cider. Plus they have ready-picked farm fresh eggs, herbs and veggies. Open Thur - Sun, 9 am - 5 pm beginning September 26.
- Wenzel Farm really pulls out all the stops. Not only do they have pumpkins for the choosing, but the Fantasy Trail is all decked out for Halloween with spooky lights and sounds. The trail includes a suspension bridge, castle and crooked house. Visit the whole month of October from 7 - 10 pm for the trail and weekends 12 pm - 5 pm for the day activities.
With this many options throughout Mt. Hood Territory there really isn’t any excuse to not decorate your porch with a funny (or spooky) faced pumpkin. So get out to one of these charming farms!