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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Nov. 30, 2023

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Orange you glad it’s pumpkin season in Clark County?

Local farms offer a wheelbarrow-load of fall fun

By , Columbian staff writer
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October is pumpkin season.
October is pumpkin season. (The Columbian files) Photo Gallery

If orange is your favorite color and your heart swells at the sight of a field full of flame-colored gourds, then grab your galoshes and head over to one of these pumpkin patches. From pick-your-own pumpkins and confounding corn mazes to fresh produce, tractor-pulled wagon rides and hay bale pyramids, these local farms are ready to help you celebrate the season. See farm animals, ride a barrel train, sample apple cider and try your hand at a pumpkin slingshot. Bring money for admission or activities and get ready to fill your wheelbarrow with the plumpest, prettiest pumpkins you can find.

Bi-Zi Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

9504 N.E. 119th St., Brush Prairie; 360-574-9119; bi-zifarms.com

Open 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. Tickets are $15.95 for ages 3 to 61, seniors 62 and older are $13.95, children 2 and younger are free. Admission closes at 5 p.m., except Oct. 30 when it closes at 3 p.m. Nighttime corn maze is open 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission to just the corn maze is $8 per person; purchase tickets online at bi-zifarms.com. Pumpkin Patch tickets include same-day admission to the nighttime corn maze, where admission closes at 9:30 p.m. Corn maze reservations are accepted for small groups.

Tickets include one free pumpkin of any size; wagon ride to and from the pumpkin patch; one free hot drink; farm animals; corn maze; two shots on the pumpkin launcher; free apple cider samples; and live music. Children’s activities include the hay bale maze and pyramid, pedal tractor, calf-roping, corn play area, hippity-hop races, corn shelling and grinding. Cotton candy, food and drinks are available to buy. Purchase more gourds and local produce in the farm store. Dogs on 6-foot set-length leashes are allowed.

Pumpkin Lane at Pomeroy Farms

20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt; 360-686-3537; pomeroyfarm.org/pumpkin-lane

Patches without pomp

If you want all the pumpkins without all the folderol, try these two Clark County gems, which offer peaceful farm scenery, cute farm animals, fresh farm produce and other farm goodies. Admission is free to both farms and visitors are welcome to stroll around the grounds and purchase pumpkins and decorative gourds from the farm stores.

Get to-Gather Farm

1913 S.E. 303rd Ave. Washougal; 360-989-0163, facebook.com/gettogatherfarm, instagram.com/gettogatherfarm

Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays into November. Admission is free.

Purchase a pumpkin grown on the farm’s hand-tended pumpkin patch, where early harvest pumpkins are clean and fully ripe. Walk on one of the farm’s nature trails. Feed the chickens ($2 per bag) and visit with geese and a duck. The farm store sells jack-o’-lantern pumpkins, pie pumpkins and decorative gourds, as well as fall decor such as ornamental corn and corn stalks. Purchase beans, carrots, corn, meats from Windy River Livestock, honey from Half Moon Farm, watermelons, cantaloupe and honeydew melons. Find rare produce such as cucamelons, ground cherries, Cubanelle peppers, noodle beans and chocolate bell peppers. Buy fresh chicken and duck eggs, locally made granola, pecan cookies, bunuelos, date rolls, caramels and fresh tamales. Purchase stevia tea, hot sauce, chili sauce, marinara, goat cheese dip and Ghana baskets. Free parking on site. Leashed dogs allowed. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and picnic lunches and enjoy the grounds, set high in the hills with a beautiful view.

Gather and Feast Farm

2706 N.E. 369th St., La Center; 360-768-3323, www.facebook.com/gatherandfeastfarm/, instagram.com/gatherandfeastfarm

Open every day from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Take a self-guided farm tour (see the map on the front porch) and visit the Scottish Highland cows and baby bull calf, chickens and pigs. Purchase pumpkins at the farm stand, priced by size between $8 and $15; pay by cash or card. Buy vegetables grown on the farm, such as tomatoes, kale, leeks, garlic, Swiss chard and fresh eggs from the farm’s chickens. Prepared food includes hot sauce, plum barbecue sauce and frozen, scratch-made meals from the owners’ company, Crave Catering. After Halloween, bring your pumpkins to the farm for the pumpkin recycling program: Feed your leftover pumpkins to the farm animals (gourds should not have wax, glue, plastic or other decorations). If you can’t make it out to Gather and Feast Farm but have friends with farm animals, donate your pumpkins to them. The farm grounds are available to rent for public and private events, company picnics and reunions.

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 3 to 11 and free for tots under 2. Admission ends at 4 p.m. Parking is free. Only service animals may enter the farm grounds.

Tickets include a hayride to see pumpkin-headed people posed in scenes inspired by books, movies, fairy tales and pop culture. Pick and purchase pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are priced by circumference from $1.50 to $12; add $2 for specialty pumpkins, such as white, Cinderella and warty. See friendly farm animals, wander the historic grounds for fall photo backdrops or buy refreshments from the on-site food and coffee vendor.

Vancouver Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

18905 N.E. 83rd St., Vancouver; 360-892-0434; vancouverpumpkinpatch.com

Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 30 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 31. Admission is $10 on weekdays, $12 on Saturdays and Sundays and always free for ages 2 and under.

Admission includes entry into the pumpkin patch plus one free pumpkin (except for guests 2 and under), entry to the corn maze, covered hay pyramid, covered petting zoo and covered hayrides from 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Try your hand at the powerful apple cannon, $5 for five apples. Pumpkins, gourds, squash and fall decor items are available to purchase in the farm store. Stroll out to the U-pick portion of the farm to pick tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans and cucumbers for $1.50 per pound. Leashed dogs are allowed if owners clean up after them.

Walton Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

1617 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas; 360-834-2810; waltonsfarms.com

Open 3-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30. Admission is $13, $11 for seniors 55 and over, and free for 2 and under.

Admission includes the corn maze, barrel train ride and one pumpkin, any size (except for ages 2 and under). Also see vintage farm equipment. Leashed dogs are welcome.

The Patch at Whalen Oaks Farm

636 Whalen Road, Woodland; 360-609-3071; avidgardener.webs.com

Open through Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Halloween day. Admission is free.

The farm boasts 60 varieties of pumpkins and other gourds for sale by size, a free hay maze, a free 1-acre corn maze and 5-acre corn maze ($4-$6), pumpkin bowling for kids on weekends ($2), hay rides ($2-$4, call for schedule), pony rides (call for schedule and pricing) and free photo-ops with props. Days, times and prices vary for each activity; call or check website before going. Food trucks, including Red Leaf Coffee, Steakburger, Smokin’ Frank’s East Fork BBQ, Rustic Cup Mobile Coffee and Shaved Ice, and Bella Bee Wood Fired Pizza will be on site; days and hours vary. Bottled water is $1. Leashed dogs are welcome. Photographers are welcome by appointment for a small fee; email whalenoaksfarm@gmail.com.

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