The rainy mornings and changing leaves aren’t the only things reminding us that fall has arrived. Oregon is a little more on the orange side this season, as pumpkins pop up everywhere from grocery stores to road-side stands to neighborhood front porches. Although you can find great pumpkins outside of your nearest supermarket, the best way to get pumpkins with your family is picking them straight from the patch!

Taking your family out to one of the local farms for a day of pumpkin picking, hay riding, and family bonding is a great way to get your pumpkin fix for the season while enjoying a fun, educational day outside together. We have put together a list of Lane County farms – where your family can go to get a fresh taste of farm life and welcome the fall season!

Bush’s Fern View Farms

October Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm daily

Family Fun: October finds our farm busy with our u-pick pumpkin patch and children’s hay bale maze.

Location: 90536 Territorial Hwy, Junction City, 97448

Contact:  (541) 935-6362, facebook.com/BushsFernViewFarms

Detering Orchards

October Hours:        9:00am – 6:00pm* daily

                               *U-Pick closes one hour earlier

Family Fun: Every weekend of the month enjoy hayrides, Children’s hay maze, fresh apple cider, piles of pumpkins, and cow barrel rides, corn maze, hay maze, and an apple blaster where you can sling shot apples at targets!

Special Events: Apple Daze – Detering Orchards’ fall harvest celebration, every weekend in October!

Location: 30946 Wyatt Drive, Harrisburg, 97446

Contact:  541-995-6341, deteringorchards.com

Groundwork Organics

October Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm, Thursday – Sunday

Location: 91360 River Road, Junction City, 97448

Contact:  (541) 654-4941, groundworkorganics.com

Hentze Family Farm

October Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm daily

Family Fun: A tractor-drawn hay wagon takes you through the woods and to the pumpkin patch!

Special Events: Octoberfest Weekend (October 12th and 13th).

Location: 30045 Hentze Lane, Junction City, 97448

Contact:  541-998-8944, hentzefamilyfarm.com , facebook.com/hentzefamilyfarm

Herrick Farms

October Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm daily

Family Fun: Pumpkin patch rides (small fee).

Location: 88088 Millican Rd, Springfield, 97478

Contact:  (541) 741-1046, facebook.com/Herrick-Farms 

Johnson Family Farms

October Hours:        10:00am – 6:00pm*  Monday – Saturday

                               11:00am – 4:00pm* Sunday

                               *U-Pick closes one hour earlier

Family Fun: Walt’s Wild Wagon Ride throughout the week, throw pumpkins at scarecrows and targets ($6/person). Free indoor hay maze and pumpkins to take home.

Location: 89733 Armitage Rd, Eugene, 97408

Contact:  541-343-9594, johnsonfarmseugene.com

Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm

October Hours:        10:00am – 5:00pm    Tuesday – Thursday

                               10:00am – 10:00pm  Friday and Saturday

                               10:00am – 5:00pm    Sunday

                               Closed Mondays

Family Fun: Colonial Harvest Days Oct. 1 –Oct 31! Take a trip with Pilgrim Bob on a hayride to the pumpkin patch for a fun and educational ride, learn about sailing on the Mayflower in the life-size “Hayflower” ship, walk through the Harry Potter (mildly) Haunted Maze, sunflower labyrinth, and more!

Cost: $10 Adults (12+), $7.50 children (4-11), Ages 3 and under free.

Special Events: Pie eating contest at 2:00pm each weekend

Location: 36777 Wheeler Road, Pleasant Hill, 97455

Contact:  541-746-5161, northernlightschristmastreefarm.com 

Shady Oaks Plants and Produce

October Hours: 10:00am – 5:30pm daily

Special Events: Family movie nights, craft classes, and more (all involve a small fee).

Location: 77380 Highway 99, Cottage Grove, 97424

Contact:  (541) 942-5004, facebook.com/ShadyOaksPlantsandProduce 

Thistledown Farm

October Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm daily

Family Fun: Lane County’s largest pumpkin patch! Tractor drawn hay wagon (weekdays) or horse drawn hay wagon (weekends) available to take your family to the patch, or feel free to walk down for no charge to pick your perfect pumpkin! Farm animals, kid’s corn maze and a hay maze are great for kids of all ages!

Cost: Wagon rides are $4 per person (age 1 and up)

Location: 91455 River Road Junction City, 97448

Contact:  541-689-2019, thistledownfarm.net

No matter which pumpkin patch you decide to explore with your family this year, you are sure to have a one-of-a-kind experience with your little ones. These local farms are a great place to teach your children about the exciting harvest season and to let them help you pick some fresh produce for the family to enjoy later. So pull on your favorite fall sweater and get outdoors with your family for an unforgettable day of fun at the farm this month!

Before you go call or check their website to confirm their hours and to find out what produce is available for u-pick. Check the LaneKids Activity Calendar for special events at the farm. Keep in mind it might be crowded on weekends and during special events.