Apple cider, fall colors and pumpkins. Three of the most iconic reminders of fall. Although in the Pacific Northwest we get more rain and a little bit less color than other parts of the country, our plentiful pumpkin patches help usher in the fall season just as effectively.

The greatest part about a trip to a pumpkin patch is that it is fun for all ages. You can be six or 46 and have an equal amount of fun. There is just something special about going and selecting that perfect pumpkin. You know, the one you will turn into the jack-o-lantern that will grace your front porch to usher in fall.

Bellewood Acres pumpkin patch is open from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31 and offers a large selection of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and corn stalks. Photo courtesy: Bellewood Acres.

Not into jack-o-lanterns? Find them a little too scary? Well, don’t worry, there are a plethora of other uses for the pumpkins you go pick this fall season. Put em’ in a pie, roast the seeds for a tasty snack or even use them as a decoration without the spooky faces. However you like to use your pumpkins, Whatcom County is the spot to pick them. Here is our Whatcom County Pumpkin Patch Roundup. Be sure to visit them all this fall!

Bellewood Acres Farm

Known for both their apples and pumpkins, Bellewood Acres Farm in Lynden is a great choice to pick your own pumpkins during the fall season. The U-pick pumpkin patch offers a large selection of different gourds and pumpkins. And if that isn’t enough for your fall-decorating needs, they also have Indian corn, corn stalks, mums and hay bales to keep your home looking festive for the season. Open Sept. 30 to Oct. 31, Bellewood Acres Farm is ready to help you and your family find the perfect pumpkin.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center

Located in Ferndale, Triple Wren Pumpkins allows for field trips to their pumpkin patch. Field trips cost $5 per student and all groups must be accompanied by an adult. Photo courtesy: Triple Wren Farms.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center’s Fall Fruit Festival is one of the biggest events the farm puts on throughout the year. The festival contains a U-pick pumpkin patch, but is much more than just that. At Cloud Mountain Farm Center’s Fall Fruit Festival there are over 200 different varieties of fruit all grown on the farm. Live music, food from Pizza’zza, ice cream from Mallard’s (featuring fruit from Cloud Mountain) and a pumpkin weight-guessing contest are sure to make for a memorable couple of evenings. The festival runs on Oct. 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Oct. 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to The Fall Fruit Festival is $5 per person and $10 per carload.

Dan Cramer’s Western Town

During the month of October, Dan Cramer’s Western Town will become a full-blown pumpkin patch. The patch also include train rides, hay tossing and horse drawn carriage rides. Photo courtesy: Dan Cramer.

During the month of October, Dan Cramer’s Western Town in Lynden becomes a full-blown pumpkin patch. But it isn’t your average run-of-the-mill U-pick pumpkin farm. It’s much more. There really is fun around every corner. In addition to picking the pumpkins naturally grown on site, there will be a petting zoo, train rides, duck races, hay toss and horse drawn wagon rides. Dan Cramer’s Western Town’s pumpkin patch is open during the month of October Friday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Triple Wren Farms

Triple Wren Pumpkins will be kicking off their pumpkin patch on Oct. 7. The farm in Ferndale has all kinds of different pumpkin types for you to pick. Photo courtesy: Triple Wren Farms.

Get ready for an all-inclusive pumpkin patch experience you can’t really get anywhere else. At Triple Wren Farms all sorts of pumpkins are grown for your fall-decorating and or pie-making needs. From giant to tiny, warty to striped pumpkins, there is a pumpkin for everyone at this Ferndale farm. A unique feature of Triple Wren is they offer special packages for schools looking to do field trips. Field trips are $5 per child and groups of 10 children or more need to be accompanied by at least one adult. At Triple Wren there is a minimum of 15 kids and a maximum amount of 40 that can attend a field trip.

Pumpkin Patch on Rails

Step outside the box with Lake Whatcom Railway’s Pumpkin Patch on Rails. This fun and unique event is held October 14 and 21. Be sure to get your tickets early as these events sell out quickly!

As fall approaches we ready ourselves for the upcoming holiday season, and there really is no better way to get into the autumnal spirit than to visit a pumpkin patch. It’s fun for the whole family. Pumpkins, tractor rides, cider sipping and hay tossing – who said the rainy season in the Pacific Northwest didn’t bring any fun?

Once you’ve picked your pumpkins check out this great apple-pumpkin pie recipe from whatcomlocavore.com here.

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