With the sunny days of summer far behind us, what do Portland families have to look forward to? Harvest season Halloween and 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. Read on to find out which ones we love, why and when and where you can find them.

photo: Support PDX via flickr

The Pumpkin Patch

About: Claiming the title of Portland’s Original Pumpkin Patch, this farm works hard to put on a great event every fall. 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 a an amazing harvest festival each pumpkin season.

Pumpkins: picking is advertised as being in October but check their availability online.

Things to do: Check out their big red animal barn, the Patio Cafe/Pumpkin Perk, Pumpkin Cottage Gift Shop, hayrides and hay pyramid, and the maize. All activities listed are free minus the cafe and coffee shop.

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

About: 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!

Pumpkins: Pumpkins will be ripe for the picking in October, see pricing below.

Things to do: Tractor driven hay rides, dirt babies (a creative and fun way to learn about how plants grows), 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,

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.

Patch hours: Tues. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
9880 SE Revenue Rd
Online: bushuefarming.com

photo: Matt & Tofu (Jennifer) Straite via flickr


Heiser Farms

About: 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.

Pumpkins: $0.40 per pound

Things to do: Attractions and pricing depend on days so check their website before you go! Events include hayrides, a petting zoo, a hay pyramid and slide, and pedal tractors. Extra activities include both a corn and a hay maze, and on weekends visit the inflated giant pumpkin, Ferdinand the Fire Engine rides, pony rides. Be sure to stop by and watch the pumpkin cannons shooting their orange missiles, or shoot your own!

Patch hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends and weekdays in October.
21425 SE Grand Island Loop
Online: heiserfarms.com

Lee Farms

About: This farm knows a thing or two about family, owned and operated for seven generations they offer something for every pumpkin-pickin’ family. Then 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.

Things to do (*weekends only): Navigate the 4-acre Cornmaze, 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!

Pricing: weekends have a general admission charge ($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).

Patch hours: Weekday noon – 6 p.m, weekend 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
21975 SW 65th Ave.
Online: leefarmsoregon.com


photo: janet lackey via flickr

Roloff Farms

About: 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.  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. As if there wasn’t enough to do here, they also are famous for their salsa, this season has pumpkin inspired salsas.

To Do: 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 paining and an adventure area with a hay pyramid, trains, spooky forest, tarauntula track, bamboo maze, giant sling shots, 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.

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)

Patch hours: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fri.-Sun. Opens Oct 4 – 27)
23985 N.W. Grossen Dr.
Online: therolofffamily.com

—Annette Benedetti


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