A guide to corvallisites on pumpkin patches
The morning air is cool and cool. The leaves change from their original green to undertones of auburn and lemon yellow. To book The stadium welcomes again the painted face – and I hope masked – football fans on Saturday. Vaccinated students flood campus buildings and sidewalks with books and hand pumpkin and spice lattes. The proof of fall is all around us in Oregon, so for kids, families and, let’s be honest – Instagram influencers, that can only mean one thing.
It’s pumpkin time.
Oregon pumpkin patches are all over this time of year, so how do you know which one to choose? Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular pumpkin patches in the Corvallis and Portland areas that can help you make up your mind.
The pumpkin patch on Sauvie Island
This pumpkin patch brings a slice of rural life to the great city of Portland. For more than fifty years, the family farm has served families everywhere and prides itself on being certified as Good Agricultural Practices, as well as the United States Department of Agriculture certified for its organic strawberries.
The farm is home to a plethora of activities for families of all ages, including picking pumpkins, hay walks, a corn maze, gift shops, a cafe, and the ever popular Animal Barn. There’s even a beer garden for pumpkin lovers ages 21 and up.
Despite its carnival atmosphere, this pumpkin patch does not charge an admission fee. In addition, the patch is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 pm, and the Farm Fresh Market is open until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for added convenience.
However, with no traffic, the Pumpkin Patch at Sauvie Island is about an hour and forty-five minutes’ drive from Corvallis. In addition, the suggested route would take you onto I-405 near Portland, which can be significantly slowed down by traffic. If you decide to make the trip, avoid late afternoon trips and check ahead for any accidents or other traffic instigators.
While there is no admission fee, it is unlikely that you will leave the farm without spending a pretty dime. Activities such as corn cost $ 12 for adults 13 and older and $ 5 for children 12-6. The cow train ride costs $ 3 per person, and then there is food, beer, pumpkins, and merchandise. However, the patch offers online Coupons for some items, which can help lower the overall cost.
Made famous by The Learning Channel’s hit show, “Little People, Big World,” Roloff Farms now attracts thousands of pumpkin lovers every October. During your visit, you will most likely come across at least one familiar face, and you may even be able to sign a waiver to agree to be filmed for the show. Last year, main character Amy Roloff even allowed families to have their photos taken with her outside the gift shop.
Nestled on 100 acres of beautiful Oregon farmland in Helvetia, Roloff Farms offers endless fun and scenery for kids and adults alike. The Panoramic walk on the trail guides tourists through complex parts of the property with various activities along the route including air cannons, wagon ride, face painting, and more. At the end of the walk, families will have the opportunity to purchase merchandise and Roloff Farms’ famous salsas at the Country Store.
However, if your primary focus for the day is pumpkin picking, be aware that buying pumpkins is completely separate from walking the trail. In addition, the pumpkins are not hand picked by you in the plot but selected in the style of the farmer’s market in a tent.
Customers must also make reservations and purchase tickets in advance, which cost $ 24 per person for anyone three years of age and older, not including the price of pumpkins. Even though tickets are limited, some areas of the farm can still feel a bit crowded due to its popularity, and masks are recommended, not required, this year for its unvaccinated visitors.
The trip to Roloff Farms from Corvallis is similar to the trip to Sauvie Island – about an hour and 43 minutes without traffic for the fastest route. If you choose Roloff Farms for your pumpkin picking, be sure to be away from your home for most of the day. Additionally, pumpkin season tickets for Roloff Farms can only be purchased on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. sharp, which can be limiting for some families.
Davis Family Farm
Located on Highway 20 in Corvallis, choosing Davis Family Farm is a no-brainer if you’re looking for a pumpkin patch near you. The farm is open every day from 9 am up to 6 pm, offering the typical pumpkin activities like hay walks and a corn maze (you can purchase a walking activity bracelet for $ 5 per person, which includes all activities minus the pumpkin picking). Additional produce like squash and apples are also sold on the farm during pumpkin season, and you can feast on hot apple cider and fresh donuts.
Although Davis Family Farm has a Facebook page, they currently do not have a commercial website, which can make it harder to perceive the atmosphere on the farm.
Grandpa’s fresh market
Located 28 minutes from the city limits of Corvallis on Hwy 226 in Albany, Grandpa’s fresh market is a local source for affordable family fun. Families can pick their pumpkins right from the plot, then enjoy a hay walk or sunflower maze for just $ 1 per person. While grandfathers might not have all of the attractions of the larger plots, you can still purchase other fall produce, as well as homemade jams and syrups, salsas, and pickled garlic. during your visit. The farm also sells bales of corn stalks for $ 3 and bales of straw for $ 3 or $ 5 depending on the size. While many former clients have delirium on Grandpa’s excellent customer service and premium products, Comments describing “expensive” fruit and unfriendly employees have surfaced. However, the farm maintains an impressive 4.7 stars on Google and 4.8 on Facebook, leaving little room for improvement. Not bad, grandfather!
By: Rebekah Harcrow