Heart of the Harvest: The Patch in Woodland

Lindsey Wolf (back left), Brad Wolf (back center), Olivia Davis (back right), with Parker (front left) and Hudson Wolf (front right) pick their pumpkins at The Patch in Woodland. Photo by Mike Schultz
Lindsey Wolf (back left), Brad Wolf (back center), Olivia Davis (back right), with Parker (front left) and Hudson Wolf (front right) pick their pumpkins at The Patch in Woodland. Photo by Mike Schultz

See the beauty of the season at your local pumpkin patches

WOODLAND — We are 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.

We are visiting patches all over the county to give you a taste of what these local farms have for you to enjoy. Second on our list is The Patch in Woodland.

Luke Donald drives the hayride tractor through the fields of The Patch in Woodland. The hayride runs every weekend in October. Photo by Mike Schultz
Luke Donald drives the hayride tractor through the fields of The Patch in Woodland. The hayride runs every weekend in October. Photo by Mike Schultz

Located a little ways off I-5, The Patch sits along the area known as the Woodland Bottoms not too far from the Columbia River. The sandy soil is ideal for growing very large pumpkins and gourds. 

Some 20-years-ago, David and Julie Donald planted their first pumpkins for their children on the family dairy farm that still surrounds the patch. Over the years, they have expanded the patch acre-by-acre, to the large family endeavour it is today.

The Patch features acres of pumpkins grown in the sandy soil of the Woodland Bottoms. Many grow to be larger than normal here. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Patch features acres of pumpkins grown in the sandy soil of the Woodland Bottoms. Many grow to be larger than normal here. Photo by Mike Schultz

The family now has weekend hayrides and pumpkin bowling, as well as two corn mazes, festive props for photos, a covered hay maze, and other vegetables including corn, tomatoes and zucchini.

The Patch also featured pre-picked pumpkins right by the entrance that are available for purchase, as well as still having the traditional adventure of going into the fields to pick your own great pumpkin. 

The Patch’s covered hay maze is a great activity even if it rains, and it is free. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Patch’s covered hay maze is a great activity even if it rains, and it is free. Photo by Mike Schultz

Planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and presenting is all done by family and friend volunteers each year; June through November. The Patch is open everyday in October every year. 

There is no admission or parking fee, and each activity and pumpkin is priced individually; with hayrides at $2, the large corn maze at $5 and pumpkins ranging from $2 to $40 depending on the size, (they have some really big ones!

Twenty years ago, the Donald Family started The Patch just by planting a few oversized pumpkins for their children. Photo by Mike Schultz
Twenty years ago, the Donald Family started The Patch just by planting a few oversized pumpkins for their children. Photo by Mike Schultz

Corn stalks, hay bales, gourds and produce is also for sale, and the full price listing can be found here. In total, The Patch sells over 60 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. 

Weather permitting, Steakburger’s food truck and Woodland’s Red Leaf Coffee will be serve food and drinks for purchase at The Patch every weekend this month. 

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!   

A washing station is set up at The Patch so you can get your pumpkins clean of all the dirt and mud before loading them up. Photo by Mike Schultz
A washing station is set up at The Patch so you can get your pumpkins clean of all the dirt and mud before loading them up. Photo by Mike Schultz
At The Patch in Woodland, you will find over 60 varieties of pumpkins, with very small table-sized ones for only $2 and massive great pumpkins for up to $40. Photo by Mike Schultz
At The Patch in Woodland, you will find over 60 varieties of pumpkins, with very small table-sized ones for only $2 and massive great pumpkins for up to $40. Photo by Mike Schultz
The old truck laiden with pumpkins is a classic photo spot set up every year at The Patch, and has remained an aesthetic constant through the years. Photo by Mike Schultz
The old truck laiden with pumpkins is a classic photo spot set up every year at The Patch, and has remained an aesthetic constant through the years. 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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