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Top 3 Favorite Pumpkin Patches

Oct 19, 2018 12:00AM ● By Kirsten Klug
It's that time of year to get out and enjoy the pumpkin patches. Fun places to explore and support our local farmers! 

1. Liepold Farm in Boring, Oregon. The history about this farm is pretty cool because we got to be involved in its transition about 20 years ago when we designed a new logo and marketing materials for Liepold Farms. We created a logo with Mt. Hood and the berry patches in it since you can see a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood from their farm. At the time, they were seeing less and less people coming out to the farm to purchase berries. Together we brainstormed ideas on what to do and then created marketing materials to get their berries in local restaurants, encourage grocery stores to promote local, and they got Burgerville to feature their berries in milkshakes and desserts!

In addition, we decided to attract families out to the farm by doing a fall festival where they could teach families more about the local farm. This event has become known as Liepold's Fall Festival and now attracts thousands of school age kids and families!

This year the festival started in September and goes through October 31st. It's open every day of the week. You can ride a hay tractor and learn about the farm; go on an adventure in the big corn maze; try shooting apples with a catapult; pick your favorite pumpkins to take home; play in the kiddie area or go through the dark hay maze; and enjoy the great foods and items to take home! For hours and event pricing go to www.liepoldfarms.com.

2. Flower Farmer in Canby, Oregon. We have been going to this pumpkin patch since my son was young because he loves trains and it has a train that you can ride. In addition, it also has a petting zoo, a big hay pyramid stack with a dark maze inside. It's fun to feel your way around in the dark or wear your head lamp to find your way around. You can also climb to the top of the hay pyramid and feel like you are at the top of the world!

The store at the Flower Farmer offers some tasty treats, beautiful flowers and decorations. To see hours of operation for the pumpkin and boo train rides and more, go to http://www.flowerfarmer.com

3. Lee Farms in Tualatin, Oregon. This pumpkin patch goes way beyond just a pumpkin patch. My first experience was attending a friends' birthday party and going on the big tractor ride and watching our little kids enjoy the petting zoo and variety of rides. This event has expanded over the last ten years, so it's a good idea to set aside 2-4 hours when visiting this pumpkin patch and facility! For more info, go to www.leefarmsoregon.com



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