Monday, September 18th, 2017
6 Stops for Hunting Fall Pumpkins in Whatcom County
Lauren Kramer

Fall and pumpkins go hand in hand. There’s something so festive about those massive pumpkins and how they emerge in perfect roundness from the earth. If you’re searching for where to find pumpkin patches near Bellingham in Whatcom County, treat yourself to a visit to one of these farms that stretch from Ferndale and Lynden through to Everson.

Here are our suggestions for where to look when pumpkin-hunting around Whatcom County.

1. Belle Wood Acres – Lynden, Washington

Pumpkin Patch at Bellewood Apple Farm, the photo was taken by Erin Bouyer.

Bellewood Acres is well known for its apples, but it also boasts a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and an ‘apple bin express’ train ride through the orchard to the patch. If you’re looking for neat home décor items this fall, check out Bellewood’s corn stalks, hay bales for sale, decorative gourds and pot mums.

  • Open daily (year-round) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • 6140 Guide Meridian in Lynden
  • www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 360-318-7720

2. Cloud Mountain Farm Center

 

You can find pumpkins and other produce for sale when you visit Cloud Mountain Farm Center.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center will be opening their pumpkin patch for the season on October 7, 2017 for their annual Fall Fruit Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday, October 8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. At their fall celebration, you can experience the farm firsthand with live music, kids activities, U-pick pumpkins, cooking demonstrations and samples by the Executive Chef from Keenan’s at the Pier of the Chrysalis Hotel and Spa, Pizza’zza food truck and ice cream from Mallard’s Ice Cream made with fruit from Cloud Mountain Farm.

For those who cannot attend the Fall Fruit Festival, during the month of October the farm is open for self-guided tours, nursery fruit tree sales, farm stand sale and a u-Pick pumpkin patch.

  • Open the full month of October, Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson
  • www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
  • 360-966-5859

3. Cramer’s Western Town and Pumpkin Patch

Cramer’s Western Town & Pumpkin Patch in Lynden has been offering a fall pumpkin experience for the past 13 years, but it’s been ramped up with more offerings recently, says Dan Cramer. This year, expect a hay jump, a petting zoo, pony rides, a corn maze, train rides (barrels, pulled by an antique tractor) and horse-drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch. “We have lots of farm animals for the kids to look at,” he says, “ducklings, baby rabbits, a baby donkey, a couple of turkeys, calves, goats and sheep.”

This is the place for picturesque photo ops – the kind made for Facebook posts – with gorgeous views of Mount Baker on clear days. If you’re a pumpkin aficionado you’ll enjoy the 30 different varieties on Cramer’s farm. Food offerings include cotton candy, shaved ice, hot dogs and hamburgers and if you have a preschooler in tow, consider coming Tuesdays through Fridays, when Cramer offers tours tailored to the li’l crowds with instructions on how to grow pumpkins.

4. Triple Wren Farms

Located in Ferndale, Triple Wren Farms grows blueberries and flowers in addition to its pumpkin patch. It’s also home to an apiary, so be sure to taste some honey before you drive off. The pumpkins at Triple Wren range from warty to striped, giant to miniature and everything in-between. Some are perfect for carving, others perform better if you want to cook with them. Fridays in October are a great time to visit with kids – that’s when half-hour-long field trips are offered.

Each child goes home with a mini pumpkin after the $5 tour, but there’s plenty of opportunities to purchase larger pumpkins at the farm store. There are U-pick pumpkins and pre-picked pumpkins to choose from.

There is also a special Pumpkin Patch Kick-Off event happening October 7 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be pumpkins and seasonal flowers galore, yummy food from the food truck Feast, games, and prizes from Acme Farms + Kitchen to celebrate the start of the pumpkin season. You can also expect to see cute farm animals, flower field tours and pollinator talks about bees. Participants learn about pollination, taste local honey, tour the pumpkin field with a farmer and learn about the pumpkin plant cycle.

  • Open Fridays and Saturdays in October, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • 2424 Zell Rd Ferndale
  • triplewrenfarms.com
  • 360-296-5357

5. Pumpkin Patch on Rails at Lake Whatcom Railway

Looking for a different experience for pumpkin hunting? You must head up to the Wickersham Station with Lake Whatcom Railway in Acme. This year you can enjoy the fall colors while riding on the scenic train ride to Lake Whatcom Railway’s Pumpkin Patch on rails. You have the opportunity to ride on 100-year-old old trail cars that will take you to Mirror Lake, where you can ride their antique handcar and pick out a pumpkin before returning to Wickersham.

The train rides are only offered on Saturday, October 14 and Saturday, October 21. Two departures are available on those dates, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure so that you may explore the century of railway history on site, and receive your ticket prior to boarding. Snacks and water will be available for purchase onboard the train.

Get your tickets, to secure your spot here. 

  • Train rides happen at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on October 14 and October 21 only
  • Wickersham Station – N.P. Road, Acme
  • www.lakewhatcomrailway.com
  • 360- 441-0719

6. Fullner Farm

Pumpkin patch at Stoney Ridge Farm, Everson

Finally, Fullner Farm in Everson is one of the Whatcom County’s oldest U-cut Christmas tree farms that sells orange, white and green-orange pumpkins. Visitors can sip on complimentary hot apple cider as they explore the spooky barn gift shop, which sells fall harvest products the first three weekends in October, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. There are going to be  family-fun carnival games that you can play as well.

If you’re looking to select your Christmas tree early, you can do that in the fall, too!

  • Open Fridays and Saturdays in October, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • 3783 E. Hoff Road, Everson
  • fullnerfarmpumpkins.com
  •  360-592-5820
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About the Author:

With one foot in Richmond, BC and the other planted firmly in Blaine, WA Lauren Kramer is an award-winning writer and mother with a passion for the Pacific Northwest’s unique offerings.