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.
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.
- 6140 Guide Meridian in Lynden
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.
- 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson
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.
- 956 Van Dyk Rd Lynden
- 360- 510-7466
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.
- 2424 Zell Rd Ferndale
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.
- Wickersham Station – N.P. Road, Acme
- 360- 441-0719