Heart of the Harvest: Bi-Zi Farms

See the beauty of the season at your local pumpkin patches

VANCOUVER — We are more than half-way through October, and the Fall has officially ushered in the season of harvest and autumnal activities; chiefly among them is the pumpkin patch.

Oliver Busha (left) pumps water over a pumpkin at Bi-Zi Farms’ wash station while Cath Busha (right) scrubs it clean before taking it home. Photo by Mike Schultz
Oliver Busha (left) pumps water over a pumpkin at Bi-Zi Farms’ wash station while Cath Busha (right) scrubs it clean before taking it home. Photo by Mike Schultz

We are visiting patches all over the county to give you a taste of what these local farms have for you to enjoy. Fourth on our list is Bi-Z- Farms in North Vancouver. 

Founded by the Zimmerman Family in 1872, the property is one of the longest running family farms in Southwest Washington. Over the years, the family has worked the land for crops as well as operated a chicken hatchery in the many buildings that still stand today.

Bi-Zi Farms grows all of its thousands of pumpkins onsite, and features a few varieties with many sizes to choose from. Photo by Mike Schultz
Bi-Zi Farms grows all of its thousands of pumpkins onsite, and features a few varieties with many sizes to choose from. Photo by Mike Schultz

Some six generations of Zimmerman’s work at the farm year-round or during pumpkin patch season. All the pumpkins at Bi-Zi Farms are grown on-site, as well as many of the vegetables and corn sold at the farm store. 

During pumpkin patch season, the farm is literally swarming with people and families. The activities available are numerous; ranging from the corn maze, to the hay bale pyramid, the apple cider pressing, the farm animal petting zoo, the pumpkin launch slingshots, the fresh food, the tractor-pulled hayrides, and of course the thousands of pumpkins waiting to be picked.

Out in the pumpkin patch fields, Bi-Zi Farms has several acres of pumpkins grown every year. The patch began as something fun at the end of summers for the family in the 1990’s. Photo by Mike Schultz
Out in the pumpkin patch fields, Bi-Zi Farms has several acres of pumpkins grown every year. The patch began as something fun at the end of summers for the family in the 1990’s. Photo by Mike Schultz

Admission to Bi-Zi is $12 per person, and $10 for seniors. Admission includes one pumpkin, a hot drink or two shots at the pumpkin launch. There is limited, but adequate parking and weekends are as busy as a fair.

The wagon ride to and from the pumpkin patch, all the mazes and play areas as well as access to the various farm activities are included in admission also. Live music will be performed at every weekend the patch is open this month.

Bi-Zi Farms’ corn maze is open during the day and at night after the pumpkin patch closes. If you come back after dark, be sure to bring a flashlight and your wrist stamp. Photo by Mike Schultz
Bi-Zi Farms’ corn maze is open during the day and at night after the pumpkin patch closes. If you come back after dark, be sure to bring a flashlight and your wrist stamp. Photo by Mike Schultz

The rest of the year, the family’s farm store remains open and sell different produce and fresh food during different seasons, such as spring when flowers bloom April through June.    

From all of us at Clark County Today, we hope you have an amazing time going pumpkin picking across the county. Go grab your pumpkins today! Happy Fall!    

Bi-Zi Farms’ iconic hay bale pyramid has been a sign of the annual opening day of the pumpkin patch for many years now. Children can run and crawl through tunnels inside. Photo by Mike Schultz
Bi-Zi Farms’ iconic hay bale pyramid has been a sign of the annual opening day of the pumpkin patch for many years now. Children can run and crawl through tunnels inside. Photo by Mike Schultz
The tractor-pulled hayride at the farm takes you out to the pumpkin patch and will bring you back again. Wheelbarrows are also available for taking several pumpkins from the fields to vehicles. Photo by Mike Schultz
The tractor-pulled hayride at the farm takes you out to the pumpkin patch and will bring you back again. Wheelbarrows are also available for taking several pumpkins from the fields to vehicles. Photo by Mike Schultz
Jeremy and Elizabeth Zonker of Vancouver return from the pumpkin patch after finding the perfect ones to take home. Photo by Mike Schultz
Jeremy and Elizabeth Zonker of Vancouver return from the pumpkin patch after finding the perfect ones to take home. Photo by Mike Schultz
Kaden Tikka carries his chosen, perfect pumpkin back from the pumpkin patch at Bi-Zi farms. Photo by Mike Schultz
Kaden Tikka carries his chosen, perfect pumpkin back from the pumpkin patch at Bi-Zi farms. Photo by Mike Schultz


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Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and in Argentina. His passions range from loving people, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA.

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