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Visit These Oregon Farms for Fall Fun

Mask up for a harvest hoopla this year.

By Lauren Carlos October 6, 2020 Published in the October 2020 issue of Portland Monthly

Pumpkin patches look a little different this year. Some farms are still planning to host fall festivities during social-distance times. Their pro tips? Keep that mask on, visit during weekdays to avoid crowds, and know things are in flux—so check websites or call before you go.

Bella Organic Farm

The certified-organic farm on Sauvie Island dedicates this year's corn maze to frontline workers—planted in the shape of a nurse with a stethoscope and angel wings, the normally $8 maze will admit frontline workers for free. Open for U-pick seasonal veggies (masks and gloves required) and pumpkins mid-September through October. 

Hoffman Farms Store

The six-generation family farm in Beaverton plans to open its pumpkin patch in September with gourds galore for sale. Trek through the corn maze and treat yourself to a fresh apple cider donut or Hoffman's farmhouse kettle corn. Stop by the bakery for seasonal goodies or grab lunch at the BBQ food truck. Open Fridays-Sundays through Halloween. 

Dolan Creek Farm

At this oft-photographed 1890 Boring farm, tractor rides will be swapped for a no-contact scavenger hunt though the beautiful property's walking paths, where kids can take pictures of hidden gems in exchange for mini prizes. Feed animals though a fence and take your pick of pumpkins from the patch. Open Wednesdays-Fridays and weekends in October. 

Plumper Pumpkin Patch 

Llamas, alpacas, baby goats, oh my! This Cornelius Pass pumpkin patch is open daily from the end of September through Halloween with all kinds of harvest hoopla: hayrides, apple cannons, a corn maze, and newborn animals to feed. 

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