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Bend Area Pumpkin Patches (And a Few Day trip-Worthy Ones!)

  |  Central Oregon, Happenings, Neighborhood Insight

Fall is in full swing! It’s time for sweaters, crisp air, falling leaves, cider and pumpkin-themed everything. One of the best places to experience all of the above (and more!) is a local pumpkin patch.

We all know that the high desert climate in Central Oregon creates challenging conditions for local farmers. But that doesn’t stop a few hard-working farms in the region from growing crops — which of course includes pumpkins! Plus, there are several pumpkin patches and apple orchards worth making a trip to — situated a couple hours west or north of Bend. Consider a mini-road trip to these idyllic rural destinations for the ultimate fall experience!

Looking for some more pumpkin patches? Consider driving a tad further to the Portland area, where you’ll also find an abundance of pumpkins to pick from!

 

Pumpkin Patches Near Bend, Oregon

Smith Rock Ranch

Terrebonne, Oregon

2018 Season: September 29–October 28

Tuesday–Friday 12–6 p.m. + Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Driving Distance From Bend: 35 Minutes

Smith Rock Ranch Terrebonne, OR

Photo Courtesy of Smith Rock Ranch

Locals know that Smith Rock Ranch is an idyllic destination during the fall. This family-owned working farm in Terrebonne specializing in producing carrots, onions and blue grass seed. They also grow wheat, hay, pumpkins and squash, which are sold throughout the state of Oregon and beyond. During October, the farm opens to the public and offers a myriad of fall festivities, including a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, an animal house, barnyard golf, pumpkin cannons, train rides, a hay maze, a harvest market, pony rides, wagon rides, live music, a dog park, and much more. Keep in mind that Smith Rock Ranch is closed on Mondays and activity hours vary throughout the week. Purchase tickets in advance to be a part of the excitement happening at Smith Rock Ranch this fall!

 

DD Ranch

Terrebonne, Oregon

2018 Season: September 29–October 31

Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Driving Distance From Bend: 35 Minutes

DD Ranch Terrebonne, OR

Photo Courtesy of Amanda Photographic via DD Ranch

All year long, DD Ranch raises 100 percent grass-fed/finished beef and lamb, heritage pork and eggs from free-range hens. And during the fall, the ranch is filled with activity for all ages, including a spectacular pumpkin patch and other fall activities such as pony rides, a petting zoo, a kids corral, a hay maze, train rides, hayrides, a potato cannon, a cowboy arcade, and much more. The pumpkin patch features a wide range of sizes and shapes to choose from and admission is free every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the month of October. Pumpkins may be purchased in the barn on weekdays and at the “Pumpkin Booth” in the pumpkin patch on weekends.

There is no charge for admission to this pumpkin patch and parking is free! Activity tokens or wristbands are available for purchase onsite. If you love your fall experience at DD Ranch, you can return to the ranch during the holiday season for the Country Christmas celebration and in the spring for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

 

Apple Orchards + Pumpkin Patches Within 3 Hours of Bend, Oregon

Adair’s Orchards

Albany, Oregon

Year-Round

Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Driving Distance From Bend: 2 Hours + 25 Minutes

This quaint family-owned farm in the small town of Albany has been in operation since 1972, growing a wide range of fruit and vegetables along with some herbs and spices. The farm utilizes sustainable farming practices and low-impact herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, which means you can fully trust the integrity of the products you pick. Adair’s offers you-pick for most produce they grow, which includes apples and pumpkins during the fall! The farm is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Herrick Farms

Springfield, Oregon

May–December

Daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Driving Distance From Bend: 2 Hours + 10 Minutes

Herrick Farms is a fresh market produce stand situated just east of Springfield on Highway 126. They employ a small crew during the busy season, but the majority of the work is done by Vernon and Paul Herrick and their son, J.R. The farm opens in May with flowers and offers other fruits and vegetables throughout the season, including pumpkin patch rides and field trips in October. Apples are offered as early as mid-August and are available through October.

 

Renken Farms

The Dalles, Oregon

October 6–31

Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. + Sunday 1–5 p.m.

Driving Distance From Bend: 2 Hours + 30 Minutes

Renken Farms The Dalles, OR

Photo Courtesy of Renken Farms

This beautiful farm in The Dalles is open to the public throughout the month of October for endless fall fun. Activities at Renken Farms include a pumpkin patch, a hayslide, a pumpkin slingshot, a barrel train and a petting zoo. The farm is only open on weekends (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays), but accepts class tours and special groups by appointment on weekdays.

 

 

Detering Orchards

Harrisburg, Oregon

Year-Round

Daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Driving Distance From Bend: 2 Hours + 40 Minutes

Detering Orchards is a family-owned farm nestled in the Willamette Valley of Western Oregon. Visitors travel to this orchard from far and wide throughout the Pacific Northwest to taste their unbeatable produce. Detering grows a variety of fruits and vegetables, including apples, pears, peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, pumpkins, peppers and much more. Most of the produce is offered both harvested and you-pick. Don’t miss the many festive events happening throughout the fall, celebrating all things apple and pumpkin! Otherwise, Detering Orchards is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and you-pick closes at 5 p.m.

 

Happy Fall!

Which pumpkin patches and apple orchards are you visiting this fall? We’d love to know which local farm gets your pick! Let us know in the comments below.

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