Harvest season is coming and that means pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Here in Portland, pumpkin patches are home to far more than just pumpkins. They are autumn wonderlands packed with opportunities for adventures like petting zoos, rides, tasty treats and more. We’ve rounded up our favorites for you, complete with safety updates for this year. Read on to find out which ones we love!

photo: mimi via yelp

The Pumpkin Patch

This farm has the distinction of being Portland’s Original Pumpkin Patch–they’ve been going strong since 1967!  They grow over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables throughout the year on 800 acres of farmland, and they believe in sustainable farming. If all that wasn’t enough, they put on an amazing harvest festival each pumpkin season.

They offer free hayrides in October to the pumpkin fields, specialty food booths on the weekends (like caramel apples, elephant ears, hot dogs and sandwiches), a big red animal barn, a gift shop with produce, and a corn maze. Pumpkins are available to purchase pre-picked or U-pick in October. 

Safety: This year, masks are required in all buildings, on the hayrides, and anywhere you can’t social distance.

Pricing: No entrance fees or activity fees (other than the food)

Tip: When driving to the patch, make sure you go the full two miles after looping under the bridge (Watch for mile marker #2 on the right side of the road). It is the second farm on the left.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.
16511 NW Gillihan Rd.
Online: thepumpkinpatch.com 

Bushue’s Family Farm

Bushue’s bursts with pumpkins in the fall! In addition to picking your own gourd, you can also catch the last of the summer’s flowers and veggies at the produce market. Don’t miss the unique chance to make your own dirt babies, a little doll of mud and grass that helps kids learn how plants grow. Kids love to watch their babies’ hair grow in the windowsill!

Safety: Please check their website and social media pages for the most up to date information on this year’s policies and openings. In past years, the farm usually offers tractor driven hay rides, dirt babies, pig train rides, pumpkin bowling, farm animals to visit, a playground and Bushue’s own adventure park- tunnels and slides and hay bales to climb.

Pricing: Pumpkins are sold at $.40 cents per pound, hayrides and pig train rides are $3 each. Lil’ Punkin’s Playground and the pumpkin bowling alley are $2 each and the dirt babies cost $2:50 each.

Tip: A great spot for school groups and birthday parties.

Hours: Tues. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
9880 SE Revenue Rd
Boring, OR
Online: bushuefarming.com

photo: april via flickr 

Heiser Farms

The Heiser family grew their first pumpkins in 1994, have been expanding their farm ever since. They have a fully restored barn, the perfect centerpiece for social gatherings and watching families find their ideal pumpkins during harvest time. Activities include hayrides, a petting zoo, both a corn maze and a hay maze, and even pumpkin cannons!

Pumpkins: $0.40 per pound

Safety: While they’re still planning to open, many activities may be impacted due to safety this year. Check online before you attend for the most up to date information!

Patch hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends and weekdays in October.

21425 SE Grand Island Loop
Dayton, OR
Online: heiserfarms.com

Lee Farms

This farm knows a thing or two about family, owned and operated for seven generations they offer something for every pumpkin-pickin’ family. You can visit the animals that live on the farm and say hi to Lucy and Dozer, the two huge lovable mastiffs that wander the property. Keep an eye out for Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the official spokes-pumpkin for National Bullying Prevention Month. Lee farms is one of many pumpkin patches across the country embracing Spookley and featuring him in their activities to help spread the word.

On weekends, navigate the 4-acre cornmaze or go on a hayride or barrel wagon ride. Kids will thrill at the opportunity to ride a pony and don’t forget to check out the petting zoo!

Safety: This year, the farm has changed a few things to help enhance safety, like limiting the number of guests. To ensure your spot, go online before your visit to get your timed tickets–they will likely sell out! Masks are required during arrival, on the wagons, and in the pumpkin fields.

Pricing: general admission is $10 with access to different activities on the farm depending which level wristband you choose (up to $20). Pumpkins are not included with wristband purchase however, kids two years and younger are free with adult wristband purchase (excludes pony rides).

Weekday noon – 6 p.m, weekend 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

21975 SW 65th Ave.
Tualatin, OR
Online: leefarmsoregon.com

photo: christine via flickr

Roloff Farms

The Roloff family and their pumpkin patch starred in TLC’s Little People Big World. Matt’s big vision for his and his wife Amy’s 34 acre farm was a working farm that was also an adventure, imagination hub for his kids: “agritainment.”  Now the farm is over 100 acres and is home to a Tom Sawyer like adventure land, fort, soccer field, pool, and more! Make it your family’s home for making memories this season. 

Check out the unique pumpkin patch with its incredible variety: giants, blue/pink pumpkins, hound speckled and even white “Ghost” pumpkins! After you’ve picked your favorite gourd hit the food corner to power up for pony rides, face painting and an adventure area with a hay pyramid, trains, spooky forest, tarantula track, bamboo maze, giant slingshots, putt putt golf, fun house and more! Don’t skip the wagon tours. They take you to see the whole farm and all of the famous attractions.

Safety: The farm is following all safety procedures and precautions– please check the most up to date information on their website or facebook page before visiting, as some activities might be impacted.

Pricing: Kids 3 years and younger are free. All inclusive pass is $15, the wagon tour is $10, and the Adventure zone entry is only $10. Parking is free!

Tip: Check out the special discounts for seniors, military and groups (10 people or more)

Check online for current hours

23985 N.W. Grossen Dr.
Hillsboro, OR
Online: http://www.rolofffarms.com/2020-pumpkin-season

—Katrina Emery


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