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Tri-County Farm Fresh Produce

Many Oregon crops have already been harvested, though we’re still pulling in apples, pumpkins and grapes. Now it’s time to focus on the kids and families as we enter our favorite season of the year, filled with family greetings and visits, wonderful foods made with produce from all our hard farming work, and that smell in the air—a mix of rain, fall leaves and coming frost. Ah, but we’re a little ahead of ourselves. Let’s celebrate the fall harvest. We hope you and your family will join us!

Sept 23, 11am-12pm Blooming Junction, Cornelius, OR. Applesauce making class. Learn to make home-cooked applesauce with Farmer Justin. We supply the apples; you enjoy the fun and take home recipes and your own sample. Visit website to sign up (fee). www.bloomingjunction.com

Sept 23-Oct 31 The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, Portland, OR. Bring the kids for free farm fun! Free Activities: 1929 Big Red Animal Barn, Pumpkin Picking Hayrides (Everyday 10am-5:45pm in October), Giant Hay Pyramid and Giant Hay Maze. Our produce market is also open daily 9am-6pm, Friday and Saturday nights until 10pm. We also have a “Corn Maize,” patio café, cow train, and of course, loads of u-pick pumpkins. Please check for times and details: www.thepumpkinpatch.com/calendar

Sept 23-Oct 31 Lee Farms, Tualatin, OR. Pumpkin patch with family fun. Weekdays noon-6pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Pumpkin patch open with many activities for families including hayride, corn maze, animals, giant slide, tricycles and barrel wagon ride. Pony rides too. More important details at: leefarmsoregon.ticketleap.com/weekend-pumpkin-patch/details

Sept 23-25 Sudan Farms is showing sheep and conducting workshops at the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival in Canby, Oregon. www.flockandfiberfestival.com

Sept 23-Oct 31, 9am-5:30pm Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland, OR is open with fun for the family. You can pick your pumpkin out of our barn, or out of our fields, the choice is yours! The kids will have fun at our mazes, slides, a grain jump, and an obstacle course. Our separate play area is always open with a play structure, tipi and tire garden. We also provide hay rides, and farm animal viewing all week long. Kids young and old will love to see our pumpkin popper and corn cannon in action. plumperpumpkins.com/pumpkin_patch.php

Sept 29-Oct 31 Columbia Farms U-Pick, Sauvie Island, Portland, OR. It’s pumpkin season and we will be open Friday - Sunday, 9am-5pm. Enjoy a low-key pumpkin patch -- no rides, no mazes -- with amazing pumpkins from tiny ones to HUGE ones. www.columbiafarmsu-pick.com/pumpkins/

Sept 30, 11am-12pm Blooming Junction, Cornelius, OR. Make your own kimchi. Try your hand at making yummy kimchi, a staple in Korean cuisine made with salted and fermented vegetables—most commonly napa cabbage, Korean radishes and seasonings of chili powder, scallions, garlic and ginger. Visit website to sign up (fee). www.bloomingjunction.com

Sept 30-Oct 31 Baggenstos Farms, Sherwood, OR. Free hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, pumpkin bowling, play structures and farm animal visits! Also, enjoy beer sausages and brats and other favorite snacks. Check for all our activities and activity times at: www.baggenstosfarms.com/pumpkin_patch.htm

Sept 30-Oct 31 Kruger’s Farm, Sauvie Island, Portland, OR. Pumpkin Season. Weekdays and weekends 9am-6pm. Weekday activities include corn maze, free hayrides on the hour to the pumpkin patch, farm animals, and caramel apples, hot cider and roasted corn. Weekend additions include wood fired pizzas, beer and wine for sale and pony rides. More important details at: www.krugersfarm.com/pumpkin-season/

October Duyck’s Peach Pig Farm, Hillsboro, OR. Pumpkin patch is open with lots of Halloween pumpkins. Also, u-pick decorator cornstalks, walnuts and filberts. peachypigfarm.com/picking-calendar

October Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, Sherwood, OR. The pumpkin patch is open with a great variety of pumpkins in different sizes and shapes. No pumpkin over $4. We also have winter squash, gourds, straw bales and cornstalks. www.papas-pumpkinpatch.com

Oct 5, 6-8pm Our Table Cooperative, Sherwood, OR. Quick sustainable lunches class. A little planning can go a long way when preparing thoughtful lunches for you and your family. Learn tricks and tips for bulk prepping and menu planning to make your weeks easier and more healthful. Join Chef Kerri in the kitchen, cook a sample menu together and leave with recipes, ideas, and a full stomach! (fee) www.ourtable.us/store/p131/lunches092117

Oct 7, 9am-5pm Blooming Junction, Cornelius, OR. Apple cider tasting and pressing. Explore the wide world of heritage apples and their unique flavor. Create your own blended apple cider while you’re here! www.bloomingjunction.com/wp/category/events

Oct 7-29 Weekends, 10am-close Our Table Cooperative, Sherwood, OR. Come find your autumn pumpkins and gourds at our Certified Organic patch in Sherwood. We've got special treats and activities happening each weekend our patch is open, including hay rides, cider pressing, basketry sale and more. www.ourtable.us/pumpkin-patch.html

Oct 7, 1-4pm Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland, OR. Live music: O’Harmony -- guitar and ukulele acoustic duo. plumperpumpkins.com/pumpkin_news.php

Oct 8, 1-4pm Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland, OR. Live music: Rogue Bluegrass -- bluegrass and acoustic. plumperpumpkins.com/pumpkin_news.php

Oct 14, 1-4pm Oregon Heritage Farms, Hillsboro, OR. Apple Festival. Bring the family and enjoy Live Music by "Get Rythm" Johnny Cash Cover Band, Face Painting and “Not Your Average Joe Balloon Artist.” Also enjoy apple tastings, visits with the farm animals, a mini hay maze for the wee ones, the bouncing apple (bounce house). Lots of other fee activities and u-pick pumpkins and apples. Try your shot for prizes with our apple slingshot—25 cents per apple benefiting Hilhi Baseball. www.oregonheritagefarms.com/activities

Oct 21, 11am-1pm Blooming Junction, Cornelius, OR. Pumpkin carving workshop. Barbara Millikan will guide you and tools will be provided. Class fee of $25 includes a medium size pumpkin. Visit website to sign up (fee). www.bloomingjunction.com/wp/category/events

Oct 14, 1-4pm Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland, OR. Live music: Jawbone Flats. plumperpumpkins.com/pumpkin_news.php

Oct 14, 11am-1pm Blooming Junction, Cornelius, OR. Birdhouse gourd crafts class. Artist Amelia Emory will teach you how to decorate your own gourd with colorful designs. Visit website to sign up (fee). www.bloomingjunction.com/wp/category/events

Oct 14, 6-8pm Lee Farms, Tualatin, OR. Pumpkin Painting Party ($45). Geared for mom and dad’s evening out, Michele of Free To Be Art will host and offer step-by-step instructions to paint your perfect Halloween pumpkin. Enjoy wine, snacks and other treats as you take about 2 hours to create your masterpiece! leefarmsoregon.ticketleap.com/pumpkin-painting-party/details

Oct 15, 12-4pm Smith Berry Barn, Scholls, OR. 24th Annual Apple Festival. Celebrate all things APPLE including apple picking …as long as we still have apples in our orchard! We will be grilling up our favorite chicken apple sausages and topping them with caramelized onions. Other treats include our signature squash soup, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, hot apple cider, and of course, homemade apple pie! We will be joined by our friendly, local alpaca farm, Easy Go Farm, who will be here with their adorable alpacas, along with an array of handmade goods. Kids will have fun playing in our various straw mazes, pyramid house and treasure hunt. And hayrides will be available for the entire family to get to and from the orchard. Woodlander, an acoustic Americana duo will be playing live music from 1pm-3pm. Sip wine from our local winemaker, Neil Frederickson, of Provincial Vineyards, too. smithberrybarn.com/special-events/apple-festival

Oct 15, 1-4pm Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland, OR. Live music: Pagan Jug Band—acoustic mix of banjo, dobro, accordion, fiddle, guitar, upright bass and percussion. Bluegrass, Americana, Cajun, folk and Southern blues. plumperpumpkins.com/pumpkin_news.php

Oct 21, 1-4pm Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland, OR. Live music: The Jamblers—acoustic Americana style music. plumperpumpkins.com/pumpkin_news.php

Oct 22, 1-4pm Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland, OR. Live music: The Dixie Cups. plumperpumpkins.com/pumpkin_news.php

Oct 28, 1-4pm Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland, OR. Live music: Ash Creek Band—Traditional bluegrass. plumperpumpkins.com/pumpkin_news.php

Oct 29, 1-4pm Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland, OR. Live music: McCarthy Creek Sun Band—Americana alternative country band. plumperpumpkins.com/pumpkin_news.php

Sept-October by reservation Smith Berry Barn, Scholls, OR. Kid’s field trips. Bring your group for a Hayride tour of farm and apple orchard (circumstance permitting), and activities from Apple Cider demonstration and sampling, feeding farm animals and fun in the hay maze. Picnic area (bring your own snacks) and restroom facilities are available. Cost is $5 per person for groups of 10 or more; $50 for groups of fewer than 10. Field trips are available Tuesday-Friday between 10am and 1pm. Check the calendar for availability and other details. http://smithberrybarn.com/field-trips/fall-field-trips

Sept-October by reservation Plumper Pumpkin Patch, Portland, OR. Kid’s field trips. Learn about the different types of pumpkins and produce grown on the farm as well as what it is like to be a farmer and care for animals and working the fields. Kids visit the animals, tour the farm, and play on our mazes and slides, enjoy a hayride in our tractor-pulled covered wood wagon though our Christmas trees and wrap up the day picking a pumpkin to take home. Groups may stay longer to play in the field. Book your group online; cost is $7 per student, parent and sibling; children under 12 months of age are free. One teach per 30 kids is free. www.agprobookit.com/calendar/plump/agb_calendar.php

Thru mid November Lee Farms, Tualatin, OR. Taking Pie Orders! Thanksgiving pie pick up is Wednesday, November 22; Christmas pie pick up is Saturday, Dec 23. See their full list of pie flavors here: www.leefarmsoregon.com/country-store#Bakery

22nd September 2017