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Lorin Lindell | 10/01/2019 | Adventure - Outdoors, Attend, Attractions, Fall, Family Fun, Holiday, Insider Blogs, Seasonal Travel |   

Fall Family Outing to Whatcom County Pumpkin Patches

October wouldn’t be complete without a family trip to the pumpkin patch! With so much agricultural land in Whatcom County, we are fortunate to have plenty of pumpkin picking options.  

Stoney Ridge Farm is a fam-favorite! In the fall, when their pumpkins turn orange and their apples are ripe the fun begins.  

Travel Tip: First thing to know, you’ll need to bring cash; credit & debit cards are not accepted. Admission is $3 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.  

The train rides for kids and wagon rides for all ages, plus a corn maze, are included in the admission. Along with pumpkins, gourds, and squash for sale, the farm also sells apples grown on the farm, corn stalks, and flowers. 

A trip to Stoney Ridge Farm is fun for all ages, as evidenced on the smiles of everyone there from 2 to 82! There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views and plenty of room for the littles to run and explore. The kids will also enjoy saying hello to the farm animals and playing on the big tires set up as a playground. 

Then, of course, is the real reason you came: To find the perfect pumpkin. That won’t be hard in this vast pumpkin patch. Or maybe it will – because how will you ever decide? You won’t have to decide since you can load up an entire wheelbarrow if you choose. 

After picking out that perfect pumpkin, you’re likely ready for a snack. You absolutely won’t want to miss the fresh-made, still warm doughnuts, either pumpkin or apple-cider flavored. A little taste of heaven right in your hand! Pair the doughnuts cider (hot or cold) or coffee. 

On Saturdays, you’ll also find BBQ and kettle corn vendors as additional food options. 

Just off Hannegan Road on Van Dyk is the charming Cramer’s Western Town. This is the place for picturesque photo ops with gorgeous views of Mount Baker on clear days. My kids loved what they called the “country” theme – complete with a western-style street front, plenty of farm animals, and of course, pumpkins. 

Travel Tip: Like Stoney Ridge, Western Town takes cash only. Admission is $3; train rides for the littles are $3 and pony rides are $6.  

There’s plenty of free fun inside, too! Ride the horse-drawn wagon to the pumpkin patch, visit with the farm animals – pigs, horses, goats, chickens – and wind your way through the hay-bale maze, all before picking out your perfect pumpkin! 

Western Town also has a special play area for the littles, with a hay bale bounce, rubber ducky races, and a “cow” to milk. Even my big kids had fun with the duck races. 

"We have lots of farm animals for the kids to look at,” says Dan Cramer, “ducklings, baby rabbits, a baby donkey, a couple of turkeys, calves, goats and sheep.” 

Travel Tip: The Cramers ask that you please leave your dogs at home. It’s safer that way as the draft horses make their way around the farm during wagon rides. 

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