Heart of the Harvest: Vancouver Pumpkin Patch

See the beauty of the season at your local pumpkin patches

VANCOUVER — 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.

Carter Strever drives the hayride tractor and wagon through the fields of Vancouver Pumpkin Patch so visitors can pick their own pumpkins and gourds. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Carter Strever drives the hayride tractor and wagon through the fields of Vancouver Pumpkin Patch so visitors can pick their own pumpkins and gourds. Photo by Jacob Granneman

We are visiting patches all over the county to give you a taste of what these local farms have for you to enjoy. First on our list is Vancouver Pumpkin Patch at Velvet Acres Gardens in East Vancouver.

Located just off Ward Road in Orchards, Vancouver Pumpkin Patch sits right outside many neighborhoods, but still has that country vibe; being very close to Hockinson and Camas.  

Farm-fresh produce and gourds are for sale at Velvet Acres Gardens’ Vancouver Pumpkin Patch. A whole farm store is open for business. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Farm-fresh produce and gourds are for sale at Velvet Acres Gardens’ Vancouver Pumpkin Patch. A whole farm store is open for business. Photo by Jacob Granneman

Area farmer Gary Boldt, started his farm in 1972 as a dairy farm. Today, they have acres and acres of u-pick vegetables, dairy land and of course, thousands of grown-on-site pumpkins.

The patch is open for the rest of the month of October, and costs $7 for admission which includes a pumpkin, hayride ticket, the petting zoo, the hay pyramid, and corn maze. The hayride runs from open to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. 

Brian Marteeni (upper left) and Angel Campbell (upper right) pose for a photo while at the Vancouver Pumpkin Patch with Brian’s two boys, Eli (left) and Wyatt Marteeni (right). Photo by Jacob Granneman
Brian Marteeni (upper left) and Angel Campbell (upper right) pose for a photo while at the Vancouver Pumpkin Patch with Brian’s two boys, Eli (left) and Wyatt Marteeni (right). Photo by Jacob Granneman

Group rates are also available and a party room is already set up. Many area elementary schools and prep schools, including Kiddie Academy, have taken field trips to the farm.

After you pick your pumpkin, you can head over to the farm store, where fresh produce, honey, treats, and more are all available for sale. During the rest of the year, Velvet Acres is open for u-pick produce and flowers. 

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!   

Thousands of pumpkins line the rows of Vancouver Pumpkin Patch. The farm actually planted two additional acres of the gourds this year. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Thousands of pumpkins line the rows of Vancouver Pumpkin Patch. The farm actually planted two additional acres of the gourds this year. Photo by Jacob Granneman
The corn maze at Vancouver Pumpkin Patch has a map, but the adventure comes in going into the unknown. Photo by Jacob Granneman
The corn maze at Vancouver Pumpkin Patch has a map, but the adventure comes in going into the unknown. Photo by Jacob Granneman
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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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