October wouldnâ€™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. Two of my familyâ€™s favorites are Stoney Ridge Farm and Cramerâ€™s Western Town. (For a run-down on some of the other local places to get pumpkins near Bellingham, read Lauren Kramerâ€™s articleÂ 6 Stopes for Fall Pumpkin Hunting inÂ Whatcom County.) Either option will give you TONS of good photo ops and lasting memories.
Pumpkins at Stoney Ridge Farm
My family was delighted to discover that after a two-year hiatus, Stoney Ridge Farm is open again for pumpkins. The new iteration is smaller, running only Fridays and Saturdays, and all the activities are focused around the pumpkin patch. (In past years, it was a sprawling operation that encompassed a larger portion of the family farm.)
First thing to know, youâ€™ll need to bring cash; credit/debit are not accepted. Admission is $3 per person. 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, they also have apples grown on the farm, corn stalks and flowers.
The littles have plenty of room to run and explore, and 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 wonâ€™t be hard in this vast pumpkin patch. Or maybe it will â€“ because how will you ever decide? You wonâ€™t have to decide since you can load up an entire wheelbarrow if you choose.
After picking out that perfect pumpkin, youâ€™re likely ready for a snack. You absolutely wonâ€™t want to miss the fresh-made, still warm doughnuts, either pumpkin or apple-cider flavored. A little piece of heaven right in your hand! Pair the doughnuts cider (hot or cold) or coffee.
On Saturdays, youâ€™ll also find BBQ and kettle corn vendors as additional food options.
2092 Van Dyk Road, Everson
Fridays, 1-5 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Through the end of October
Pumpkins at Cramer’s Western Town
Just off Hannegan Road on Van Dyk is the charming Cramerâ€™s Western Town. My kids loved what they called the â€ścountryâ€ť theme â€“ complete with a western-style street front, plenty of farm animals and, of course, pumpkins.
Like Stoney Ridge, Western Town takes cash only. Admission is $3; train rides for the littles are $3 and pony rides are $5. Western Town is also open on Sunday, which isnâ€™t an option at Stoney Ridge.
Thereâ€™s plenty of free fun inside, too! Ride the horse-drawn wagon to the pumpkin patch, visit with the farm animals â€“ pigs, horses, goats, chickens â€“ 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 â€ścowâ€ť to milk. Even my big kids had fun with the duck races.
And you will not want to miss the fresh-made cotton candy ($4). Watch the â€ścottonâ€ť be spun as you wait, and then watch it disappear in flash. It was by far the best cotton candy Iâ€™ve ever had! A concession stand also offers snacks as well as fresh-grilled hamburgers.