If you can time it just right between rain showers (or brave it with an umbrella and your rain boots) there are a lot of fun things to do around here in October before the temperatures dip below your comfort zone.
We have several popular pumpkin patch destinations in Clark County where you can not only find the perfect pumpkin but get the full farm experience. Ride the wagon out to the pumpkin patch. Shop the farm store for produce and harvest treats. Watch the kids climb the hay bale pyramid. Find your way through the corn maze. And greet some of the furry and feathered residents too. You don’t have to go far to find pumpkin patch fun for the whole family right here in Vancouver at Bizi Farms and Velvet Acres Gardens. And just a bit farther north, in Yacolt, is the historic Pomeroy Farm where the annual harvest celebration is in full swing all through October.
Besides pumpkins, autumn is also all about apples. Hot or cold, apple cider is a tasty harvest treat—and there’s a chance to make your own with traditional hand cranked presses on October 26 at the annual Apple Cider Pressing at Cedar Creek Grist Mill in Woodland. Another opportunity to taste the autumn bounty is the Urban Abundance Harvest that takes place every Saturday morning and Tuesday evening throughout the month. Volunteers go out to help rescue fruit from trees in orchards and backyards around Vancouver. It’s a bit more work but volunteers can take home some of the fruit for free and the rest goes to the Clark County Food Bank.
We are fortunate to have the second biggest farmers market in the state right here at Vancouver’s Esther Short Park, which runs longer throughout the year than most farmers markets. Every weekend through October, Vancouver Farmers Market is the best place for the biggest variety of fresh and local produce, as well as a great place to shop, eat, enjoy live music, and just hang out and spend the day. You can find fresh flowers, baked goods, gourmet food (for people and pets too), treasures from local artisans and collectors, and so much more in a fun and pet-friendly atmosphere. The market also returns for one day in November for a special Harvest Market offering many delicious locally grown options for your Thanksgiving table.
So while Fall does bring chilly weather and some rain, there are plenty of fun and delicious ways to enjoy the harvest season in Clark County!