Nothing says “fall” quite like a pumpkin, especially one harvested straight off the vine. Thankfully, the Portland area is chock-full of pumpkin patches to satisfy all your seasonal fantasies. Make a full day out of pumpkin hunting with hayrides, corn mazes (both haunted and not) and apple cider galore. All variety of visitors will be immediately swept up in that autumnal feeling at these friendly farms.
Pumpkin patches in Portland
Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm
Family-owned Plumper Pumpkin Patch sits on 65 acres (26 hectares) of undulating Northwest Portland hills with striking views of the Willamette River. After plucking your future jack-o-lanterns from the fields, select a few more to load into the pumpkin cannon, which blasts the gourds up to 400 feet (122 m). Visit from the last week of September through the end of October to get in on the autumnal revelry.
Northwest of downtown Portland, Sauvie Island’s Bella Organic is packed with fall fun, including free hayrides to a 7-acre (3 hectare) corn maze that’s haunted by ghoulish figures every Friday and Saturday of October. This picturesque patch also offers an organic food market featuring Bella Organic wines and Hopworks brews. Snag a sugary Voodoo Doughnut at the market to complete the Stumptown experience.
The Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkins have been the specialty at Sauvie Island’s Pumpkin Patch for more than four decades. Families can explore the animal barn and take a tour of the farm on the famous cow train before stopping off to buy homemade pickles, jams and other tasty homemade gifts at the farm-fresh market. Hop on the hayride to pick pumpkins straight from the soil any day in September and October.
Pumpkin season at Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island offers up bountiful autumn delights all October long. Patrons stay toasty and sated while foraging for pumpkins with caramel apples, wood-fired pizza and steaming cups of cider. Don’t miss the farm’s fabulous corn maze, which transforms on weekends into a circus-like show with cabaret performers, fire dancers and a live band.
Conveniently pre-picked Sauvie Island pumpkins are available from late September through Oct. 31 at Fazio Farms, a 6.5-acre (2.6 hectare) corn maze in Northeast Portland. Kiddos can make their way through Hayland, where bales form an easily navigable labyrinth, before taking a turn on the bouncy slide and trying their luck at the pumpkin ring toss.
Pumpkins patches near Portland
Make pumpkin season count at Hillsboro’s Roloff Farms, home to acres of gourds and TLC’s Little People, Big World. A treasure trove of agri-tainment options delight visitors of all ages, including pony rides, giant sling shots, putt putt golf and a wagon tour. Mosey out to the farmstead every Friday through Sunday in October to get in on the fun while it’s fresh.
Lake View Farms
The perfect pumpkin awaits at Lake View Farms, 30 minutes west of Portland in North Plains, where eager pickers choose from a varied crop that includes ghost and Cinderella pumpkins. Get lost in the 7-mile (11 km) corn maze before hitting up the face painting station and riding the farm’s paddleboat. Visitors are welcome the five weeks leading up to Halloween.
Located 15 miles (25 km) southwest of downtown Portland, Baggenstos Farm offers hayrides out to their U-pick pumpkin patch every day in October. After you’ve found that perfect pumpkin, nosh on hand-cut fries and freshly popped kettle corn, or try your hand at pumpkin bowling. Visit on a Friday or Saturday evening when the 5-acre (2 hectare) corn maze is navigated by flashlight, offering a spooky late-night wander for the brave.
Four generations currently maintain Tualatin family farm Lee Farms, which proudly offers a dozen pumpkin varieties alongside less conventional fall activities such as pedal-cart racing, a giant slide and a “bounce pillow.” Visitors can meet adorable piglets and bunnies at the petting zoo and snack on fresh pumpkin donuts at the Cowboy Cafe. This fun-fest is open every day starting five weeks before Halloween.