The entire family not totally excited to tag along on a wine sipping trip through Oregon Wine Country? Not to worry. There are plenty of great family-friendly activities happening all over the valley. Fall is especially a good time for a visit because many of our farms will be celebrating harvests with fun events.
From massive pumpkin patches to spooky haunted houses, the fall fun abounds as farms pull out all the stops to celebrate what is arguably our favorite time of year.
The Flower Farmer in Canby starts running their “Boo Train” on October 8. Imagine a narrow-gauge train all dressed up as a jack-o-lantern riding through the scenic farm, and you’d have the Boo-Train. It’s perfect for families with young kids, because let’s admit it, pretty much all little kids love trains. More fun happens throughout the season as well; find a full list on their website.
Fir Point Farms in Aurora is once again holding their annual Harvest Festival which features a 6-acre pumpkin patch. Additional fun includes Charlotte’s Web Corn Maze and a 3,000 sq foot Kid’s Zone for kids 7 and under that’s fully covered. Add in some hay rides, petting zoo and fresh apple cider and apple cider donuts, and you’ve got a full day of fun in store for you.
Our Table Cooperative near Wilsonville, known for their amazing grocery coop with a fantastic selection of fruit, veggies and meats from participating farms, also has a fun, certified organic pumpkin patch. They can also help kids take an interest in the local food movement at a young age with mixed vegetables, berries, cheeses and meats at their stand. It’s the perfect opportunity to get them started on a healthy food journey at a young age.
There are even more great events happening this fall, with many offering a tremendous selection for the whole family. Plan a whole weekend of farm-related fun and start it off with the perfect hotel, vacation rental or even camp site. It will be a great memory as we watch our kids grow up at the speed of light.