Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Pumpkin Time with Families at Two Favorite Whatcom County Farms
Hilary Parker

train ride at Stoney Ridge Farm

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. Two of my family’s favorites are Stoney Ridge Farm and Cramer’s Western Town. (For a run-down on some of the other local places to get pumpkins near Bellingham, read Lauren Kramer’s article 6 Stopes for Fall Pumpkin Hunting in  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.)

Family in front of the barn at Stoney Ridge Farm, Everson

First thing to know, you’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.

wagon ride at Stoney Ridge Farm, Everson

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.

Daddy and daughter in pumpkin patch

Photo courtesy of the Kull family.

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 piece of heaven right in your hand! Pair the doughnuts cider (hot or cold) or coffee.

pumpkin doughnut, Stoney Ridge Farm

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

Stoney Ridge Farm

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 Cramer’s Western Town. My kids loved what they called the “country” theme – complete with a western-style street front, plenty of farm animals and, of course, pumpkins.

Kids pose with pumpkins at Dan Cramer's Western Town

Photo courtesy of Monika Dobrowolska

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 isn’t an option at Stoney Ridge.

pony rides at Western Town

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!

Horse-drawn wagon takes visitors to the pumpkin patch at Cramer's Western Town, Lynden

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.

Cotton candy as big as your head!

And you will not want to miss the fresh-made cotton candy ($4). Watch the “cotton” be spun as you wait, and then watch it disappear in flash. It was by far the best cotton candy I’ve ever had! A concession stand also offers snacks as well as fresh-grilled hamburgers.

Dan Cramer’s Western Town

956 Van Dyk Road, Lynden
Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more kids activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County see the full list of Hilary’s Family Fun Articles here.

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About the Author:

Hilary Parker is a writer and editor living in Bellingham. She and her children love discovering all that Bellingham and Whatcom County have to offer.