It’s The Great Pumpkin Season


Photo by Tim Garnand

Austin Sousa, Senior Reporter

The holiday season is ramping up, and the first in line is Halloween. With much of our local pumpkin patches being shut down last year due to Covid-19, it is a joy to have them back, even in a limited capacity. Here are a few suggestions on where to go to pick pumpkins and enjoy your fall festivities.

Established in 1952, Liepold Farms is one of the longest-running active Pumpkin Patches in Oregon. Their sustained popularity can be attributed to the wide variety of activities currently run on farm grounds. Alongside a large play area for kids, Liepold boasts a 6-acre corn maze filled with tricky paths and dead-ends with a theme revolving around pollination this year. Their large pumpkin patch is sure to fulfill your carving needs, small and large. Be sure to check out their website online in order to get more details on everything they have to offer, as well as to reserve tickets for the specific date and time you are interested in. Liepold is open from 9-5 all week. 

Olson Farms blends their pumpkin patch with a fresh fruit u-pick garden. Located in Damascus, Olson is a great place to go for kid activities including hayrides and games. Open all week and with low prices, Olson is a perfect mix of variety and price. Swing by to both pick up your pumpkins and get some fresh produce for the family!

Bushue’s Family Farm is another local pumpkin patch famous among locals for offering many festivities throughout October. Fit with hayrides, a playground, and a large pumpkin patch, Bushue’s is sure to fill your Halloween-y needs. Reservations are required at Bushue’s, with various pricing dependent on the amenities you are interested in. Bushue’s also serves hot food and locally-made fresh cookies to pair right along with their kid-friendly atmosphere.

All in all, pumpkin patches have come back strong for the fall season in Oregon, and it is great to see these local farms thrive once more.