The Pumpkin Patch

So over the years I’ve been to many, many different pumpkin patches. Having kids drives you there, as does a never-ending sense of "kidness” inside of me. I just love corn mazes, hay rides, fresh vegetables and the Halloween spirit. Too much fun. So, it’s no surprise that my family made it to the opening weekend of what many consider the preeminent pumpkin patch in the NW….The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie’s Island. Needless to say, we weren’t disappointed…(and don’t let the rain fool you (just means smaller crowds))…it just gets better every year.

The sky may be gray and the ground wet and muddy, but  The Pumpkin Patch  knows how to deliver. With tents at every key point, staying dry (enough) was no issue and, as noted, the crowds were way down. Of course, it was early here and still in September, so the Halloween spirit hasn’t lured in the masses yet. Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

The sky may be gray and the ground wet and muddy, but The Pumpkin Patch knows how to deliver. With tents at every key point, staying dry (enough) was no issue and, as noted, the crowds were way down. Of course, it was early here and still in September, so the Halloween spirit hasn’t lured in the masses yet. Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

 

And now for a bit of video, courtesy of The Pumpkin Patch:

As noted in the video, the Pumpkin Patch isn’t just a Halloween thing. They actually open in June, with fresh strawberry picking. All through the summer their Pumpkin Patch store is rife with incredibly fresh produce of the highest and tastiest quality. My haul this last weekend? Three key things: 1) Bacon Burbon BBQ Sauce, make especially for The Pumpkin Patch (did some chicken with this last Sunday and…WOW), 2) Peaches and Cream Sweet Corn. This corn comes once a year and it is unbelievably good. Get some! 3) Farm fresh apples. Just like out at my grandmother’s. A haul of apples from the Pumpkin Patch is not a bad decision. One can also purchase beef through the Pumpkin Patch Cattle Company.

Inside the Corn Maze tent, at the entrance. Oh so much fun! And I have to say. Having been in many-a-corn maze, the Pumpkin Patch maze is so well done. Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

Inside the Corn Maze tent, at the entrance. Oh so much fun! And I have to say. Having been in many-a-corn maze, the Pumpkin Patch maze is so well done. Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

My two little ones headed down the corn maze trail…brave!! Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

My two little ones headed down the corn maze trail…brave!! Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

A preview of the corn maze map is on-hand, but it won’t help much. Once you go in, it all looks the same! There are clue cards for little ones though, so don’t hold back bringing the small kids. Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

A preview of the corn maze map is on-hand, but it won’t help much. Once you go in, it all looks the same! There are clue cards for little ones though, so don’t hold back bringing the small kids. Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

Some of the newspaper coverage and past corn maze designs. Perhaps you can find a maze you did here in years past? Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

Some of the newspaper coverage and past corn maze designs. Perhaps you can find a maze you did here in years past? Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

The rest of the historical, corn maze designs from the recent past. Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

The rest of the historical, corn maze designs from the recent past. Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

The Pumpkin Patch has clearly worked out all the kinks. They had SO MUCH food to choose from. Elephant ears, corn on the cob, hot sandwiches, caramel apples…the list goes on. You can see their farm fresh market in the background here as well. Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

The Pumpkin Patch has clearly worked out all the kinks. They had SO MUCH food to choose from. Elephant ears, corn on the cob, hot sandwiches, caramel apples…the list goes on. You can see their farm fresh market in the background here as well. Image Courtesy: Dan Meyers

 

Pumpkin Patch Important Details

So you can learn all you need on the website for the Pumpkin Patch. That said, here are some of the key elements, curated for your quick planning!

The Calendar - Things to do and Pumpkin Prices

The Farm Fresh Market

The Pumpkin Patch Cattle Company

Excellent Recipes from the Farm

See much more on the Pumpkin Patch website…

Dan Meyers