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Perusing for pumpkins

Find the perfect gourd for your jack-o-lanterns, along with other fall produce, at local farms


Grab your rain boots, throw on a rain jacket and venture to an East County pumpkin patch.

It’s not too late to pick a pumpkin, buy fresh fall produce, meander through the corn maze, ride a tractor or collect fall decor for a Halloween party.

Multnomah and Clackamas counties boast a variety of pumpkin patches, from local farms with fun features such as pony rides and the “Pumpkin-Pult,” to produce stands and markets with ready-to-go pumpkins.

Busue’s Family Farm Market and Nursery

WHERE: 9880 S.E. Revenue Road, Boring.

WHAT: Bushue’s has more than 5 acres of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, as well as pumpkins in various shades of green and orange. Take a tractor ride out to the pumpkin patch, explore the adventure park of haybales and tunnels, ride a pig train, meet the farm animals or make a “dirt baby” — a nylon stocking filled with potting soil and grass seed, made up to look like a person — which can be placed in water and grown in the window.

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

CONTACT: 503-663-6709 or visit bushuefarming.com.

Cereghino Farms Produce Market

WHERE: 18641 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Gresham.

WHAT: Offers a pumpkin patch and haystacks for kids to play on. Seasonal produce, including corn, is also sold.

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

CONTACT: 503-665-4351.

Giusto Farms

WHERE: 3518 N.E. 162nd Ave., Gresham.

WHAT: Offers pumpkins and a wide variety of fall and winter crops including apples, winter squash, pears, beets, cabbage and more.

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closes at 5 beginning Sunday, Nov. 4.

CONTACT: 503-253-0271.

Liepold Farms

WHERE: 14050 S.E. Richey Road, Boring.

WHAT: Liepold Farms has a harvest bounty of huge pumpkins, odd-shaped pumpkins and even white pumpkins. Decorators also can get gourds, corn stalks and hay bales. Children can use kid-size wheelbarrows to maneuver their own pumpkins to the weigh scales. Liepold also has a huge field of corn, with a maze right through the middle. Those who manage to find all the dead ends can win a prize and enter a grand prize drawing. Kids and adults alike also can try out the Pumpkin-Pult, where kids and adults can launch an apple (it used to be pumpkins) with a large rubber band and try to hit a target. Other activities include a children’s pavilion, café, hayride, pony rides and a hay maze. The farm also hosts “Barbecue Blues and Brews” with jazz music, beer, food and wine from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, with a jazz band.

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26).

CONTACT: Call 503-957-6425 or visit liepoldfarms.com.

Olson Farms

WHERE: The corner of 222nd Drive and Borges Road, Damascus.

WHAT: Visitors will find more than 6 acres of pumpkins, available as U-pick or in a ready-picked area. There are mini pumpkins, white pumpkins, Cinderella pumpkins, Indian corn, corn stalks, straw bales, decorative gourds and more. Horse-drawn hayrides to the pumpkin patch are offered on weekends, free with the purchase of a pumpkin. Fresh fall vegetables, fruits and flowers are also for sale.

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

CONTACT: 503-658-2237 or visit olson-farms.com or its Facebook page.

Schedeen Farms

WHERE: Two produce stands: corner of Cleveland Avenue and Division Street in Gresham, and 28150 S.E. Highway 212, Boring.

WHAT: Produce stands sell pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds and fall fruits, including a variety of apples and vegetables and fall decor.

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

CONTACT: 503-665-4730 (Gresham) or 503-663-1960 (Boring), or visit schedeens.com.

Thompson Farms

WHERE: 24727 S.E. Bohna Park Road, Damascus.

WHAT: Pick up a pumpkin, available in the pumpkin patch or at the produce stand, and also shop for fresh vegetables, fruits and seasonal decor. Call ahead for crop updates.

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

CONTACT: 503-667-9138 (crop update line) or 503-658-4640.




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