The 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!

While many farms have scaled back their usual fall fun and are adjusting to Covid social distancing guidelines, they still are open for business! Taking your family out to one of the local farms for a day of pumpkin picking 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:      11:00am – 6:00pm daily

Family Fun: October finds our farm busy with our u-pick pumpkin patch. Call to find out when pumpkins are available and if the hay bale maze is open.

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 and facebook.com/DeteringOrchards

Groundwork Organics

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

Family Fun: Pre-picked and u-pick pumpkin patch. U-pick flowers.

Location: 91360 River Road, Junction City, 97448

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

Hentze Family Farm

October Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm Friday – Sunday

                      11:00am – 3:00pm Mondays

Family Fun: Pumpkin patch opens October 9th.

Special Events: Octoberfest Weekend (October 17th and 18th). Tractor-drawn hay wagon rides and hay maze.

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

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 ($8/person). Free indoor hay maze. Pumpkins for purchase.

Location: 89733 Armitage Rd, Eugene, 97408

Contact:  541-343-9594, johnsonfarmseugene.com, facebook.com/JohnsonFarmsEugene

Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm

October Hours:        10:00am – 5:00pm daily

Family Fun: Colonial Harvest Days Oct. 1 –Oct 31! An authentic open air drive-through farm experience with compliance to COVID-19 guidelines for safety.  Masks are mandatory at all times while on the farm.  Social distancing of 6′ for all groups.  Cashless transactions only (debit or credit). Shop our farm store for gifts and unique decorating items. Visit the Witch’s Brew for a hauntingly good drink. Local vendors with food, fresh local produce, and flowers.

Cost: General Admission – $5/person or $20/carload, Ages 3 and under free.

Corn Maze – Adults (12+) $10.00, Children (4-11) $7.50, Ages 3 and under are FREE, Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children) $30

Location: 36777 Wheeler Road, Pleasant Hill, 97455

Contact:  541-746-5161, northernlightschristmastreefarm.com 

Shady Oaks Plants and Produce

October Hours: 10:00am – 5:30pm Tuesday – Saturday

                        12:00 – 5:30pm  Sunday (closed Mondays)

Family Fun: Pumpkins, hay maze and farm animals.

Location: 77380 Highway 99, Cottage Grove, 97424

Contact:  (541) 942-5004, facebook.com/ShadyOaksPlantsandProduce, my-site-shadyoaks.square.site

Thistledown Farm

October Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm daily

Family Fun: Lane County’s largest pumpkin patch!

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.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that when visiting pumpkin patches or orchards, people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking fruit, wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing