It’s that time of year again. The air is crisp and clean, the leaves are colorful and crunchy. Football occupies our weekends, pumpkin spice is suddenly treat liked the finest gold, the beer acquires extra hops. . Fearnet marathons are beginning. In short, it’s Halloween season!
While my wife loves the haunted houses and costumes, my favorite thing about the Halloween season is the corn mazes. In fact, I have been to so many of them around the Portland/Metro area that I could probably provide you with an exit strategy for each one. The best one, though, in my not-so-humble opinion is the one located at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island.
Sauvie Island itself is a treat and a Portland staple. At 2600 acres, Sauvie Island is one of the largest river islands in the United States. It’s renowned for its exquisite beauty, it’s farm land, it’s spare yet affluent population and, of course, for its pumpkin patches.
And, to me, pumpkin patches mean corn mazes.
Now in its fiftieth season, Portland’s original corn ma(i)ze of the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island is eight acres of dead ends, switchbacks and delightful frustration. Of course, in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the maze, the end of the maze also features some extra surprises, like the Orginal Pumpkin Patch logo built into the actual maze itself.
Every year the family and I come here and every year I find myself challenged mentally and physically. My son and I make it a race and I never let him win, though, last year, he nearly beat me. I can’t let that happen again.
But, more than just a maze, the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island also has farm fresh produce, a gift shop and the Patio Café, where you can enjoy delicious beverages, sandwiches and salads. . We may only come out to the pumpkin patch once a year, but we also stock up on fresh produce here. Certified organic, and GAP approved, the food here tastes fresh and delicious. In fact, since much of it is U-pick, it has a certain satisfaction that you don’t get from the super market. Crab apples, kale, beets, sweetcorn, tomatoes and, of course, pumpkins: It’s a veggie lovers paradise.
But, it’s always the corn maze, for me. Everything else is secondary. But, it completes my Halloween season.
The Pumpkin Patch of Sauvie Island, located just minutes from Downtown Portland, is always a highlight for me. I only wish it were open year round.
For more information, visit: https://www.thepumpkinpatch.com/