Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

We did our annual pumpkin patch visit this weekend. We went to Hoffman Farms near Canby and were very impressed. We've gone to the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island before, but it took forever to get off of the island and we didn't like that. We've also gone to Bauman's Farms near Woodburn, but they charge a $10 admission per person, and that seems pretty steep for a pumpkin patch visit.

Hoffman Farms had everything we wanted and they did not disappoint. Brady's wish list item was a train ride. While they don't actually have a train, they have a tractor decorated to look like a train which pulls you around their acreage. Madeline's wish list item was animals. They had all kinds of animals from domestic to exotic. It was my first time ever seeing a live camel. They also had a tiger, lion, porcupine, alligator, donkeys, cows, horses, emus, alpacas, etc. There were several inflatable slides and bouncy houses for the kids to run off their energy. If you're in the Portland area, I would encourage you to check it out. You can purchase each activity separately or you can buy a $12 wristband for each kid. We definitely thought that the wristband was worth it as it allowed our kids to do the inflatables and "train ride" as frequently as they wished.

I also got some pumpkins to cook up and freeze. I'm looking forward to lots of yummy pumpkin treats and of course the roasted seeds. If anybody has a good recipe for pumpkin seeds, please let me know.

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