Named the top pumpkin patch in Willamette Valley in 2011 by The Statesman Journal, the Bauman family has been sharing the soil's annual harvest with locals since 1894 through pumpkin patches and family-friendly autumn activities. After picking through gourds in search of the next jack-o'-lantern or latest replacement mannequin head, guests can visit vivacious livestock at the animal barn, defy gravity at the ziplines, and race through the obstacle course. A rock wall challenges visitors’ nimbleness, and the corn tunnels, playground, and tire castle tickle tykes' imaginations. Outdoor adventurers can take the barnyard experience home by picking up a homemade apple-caramel pie and fresh produce (not included in today’s Groupon) or by painting cow udders under dad's car.
For more than a century, the Jones family has farmed in Willamette Valley. Today, they sell more than 100 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables at Jones Farm Produce, a quaint, welcoming shop with blond wood walls. Fragrant peaches, fresh zucchini, and ripe tomatoes are just a few of their offerings, as well as various products from other local farms. As an added treat, shoppers can savor fresh, fruit milkshakes or cones of Umpqua ice cream.
It was 1869 when the Lee family planted its first seed in the soil of Tualatin, Oregon. Today, three generations of the family still keep Lee Farms' lights on and its scarecrows vaccinated. They stock the country store with local produce, 18 flavors of honey sticks, and 17 varieties of jam. In the bakery, the staff hand makes pies each day, baking perennial favorites such as apple and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin.
To keep things fresh, Lee Farms rotates the selection of food and activities each season. In May a greenhouse surrounds visitors in flowers, and in October the farm transforms into a celebration of the harvest season, when guests can pick from 12 varieties of pumpkins. Lee's staff cuts down stalks to make a corn maze and drives visitors on scenic hayrides across the farm while they sample kettle corn and homemade cider.
Peanuts go on vacations at Uncle Jack's Bar-B-Que: guests are free to nonchalantly discard their shells on the floor or even spike them to celebrate a particularly delicious bite of barbecue. The eatery presents a wide assortment of hearty barbecued meats, from chicken and brisket to beef and pulled pork. These meats can be dressed up with a number of sauces, which sit at knotted blonde-wood tables that match the knotted blonde-wood walls and any blondes who get knots in their hair.
Like most of their produce, Spicer Brothers Produce has roots in the Portland area. Over the course of more than two decades in business, the natural produce store has built relationships with local farmers and companies such as Bob’s Red Mill, Spring Valley Dairy, Sisters Coffee, and Portland French Bakery. These connections allow them to keep track of where that food comes from and how it is produced. Each morning, delivery drivers arrive with fresh supplies of fruit, veggies, and baked goods, and a selection of samples are generally available to showcase the shop’s fresh produce. Alongside apples in an autumnal palette of greens and reds, oranges, tangelos, and tangerines beg to be included in juices and fights about what the difference between a fruit and a vegetable is.