Picking the perfect pumpkin

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Illustration by Ella Higgins

Portland Pumpkin Patches

It’s officially fall! We all know that that means: it’s time for pumpkin everything. But before you can adorn your porch (or dorm hallway) with fall, you have to find that perfect pumpkin. While you’re at it, why not make a day of it and enjoy some of the many activities that a day out at the farm can afford you?

Here’s a list of the top Portland pumpkin patches for your Halloween pleasure.

Rossi Farms

3839 NE 122nd Avenue

Rossi Farms is a local family-run farm located within Portland city limits! It’s been operating since 1880, and Joe Rossi is the fourth generation in a family line of farmers.

Good news: Rossi’s pumpkin patch is now open for the season! If you get there early enough, you might even catch a free tractor ride.

The Pumpkin Patch

16511 NW Gillihan Rd

The Pumpkin Patch is the “classic patch” of Portland. There’s a corn maze, hayrides, a cafe, and of course, a pumpkin patch.  Throughout the year, the farm grows more than 50 kinds of fruits and vegetables over their 800-acre farm.

Baggenstos Farm

15801 SW Roy Rogers Road

Baggenstos Farm farm has everything, and it’s open all week during the month of October. They have farm animals, a 5-acre corn maze, pumpkin bowling, a hay maze, as well as a gift shop and food. And of course… pumpkins for picking.

Plumper Pumpkin Patch

11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd

In addition to farming pumpkins, Plumper Pumpkin Patch is also a part of a tree farm and has been in operation since 1998. Pumpkins are available to pick from the fields or you can choose from a selection of pre-picked pumpkins in the PPP barn.

This farm also has animals to pet and pumpkin flinging. Yes you read that right: pumpkin flinging. They have a selection of pumpkin flinging cannons running on hydraulics that can fling up to 400 feet away! They also have corn cannons. Hurray!

Lee Farms

21975 SW 65th Ave

Lee Farms farm boasts over 27 different varieties of pumpkins. You can also see some of the attractions including a corn maze, hayrides, barrel wagon rides, a slide, pony rides, hay mazes, farm animals, and a bounce pillow. They also have a store that sells all sorts of gourd-related decorations, as well as other goods like apple cider and kettle corn.

Fazio Farms

9028 NE 13th Ave

Fazio Farms has the corn maze, pumpkin patch and gift store. But I know what you’re thinking: none of these farms so far have had enough pickles.

Need some pickles? Well, don’t fret! Fazio Farms have their very own famous barrel-fresh dill pickles for sale. So if pumpkins aren’t enough for you, this is the farm for you.

All of these farms are also great spots to bring the kids, if you have any. It’s easy in this day and age to just purchase your pumpkins from Amazon Prime (student edition of course) or from some kind of internet-based pumpkin express. But remember, picking a pumpkin is more than just exchanging money for that perfect fall aesthetic.

Enjoy a day out on the farm, enjoy the harvest, and get a break away from the madness of the city. Happy pumpkin picking!

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