VIDEO: Heart of the Harvest 2020 — The Patch

Take a look at one of Woodland’s favorite farms and how they’re fairing during COVID-19


WOODLAND — It’s October and that means pumpkins are in full swing. Our first stop this year is The Patch family farm in Woodland, WA.

The farm is run by the Donald family and is in its 21st year of operation. This year, they have adapted to meet local, state and federal guidelines for COVID-19.

The famous old truck at The Patch in Woodland is seen here with its scarecrow driver. Photo by Mike Schultz
The famous old truck at The Patch in Woodland is seen here with its scarecrow driver. Photo by Mike Schultz

The farm operators ask that you bring a mask and follow social distancing precautions. You’re also encouraged to bring your own wheelbarrow for hauling from the field or sales stand area. Reservations and tickets are not required for entry.

Amenities this year will include two corn mazes and photo-op props. Unfortunately, the farm is unable to offer hayrides, hay mazes, face painting, pumpkin bowling and ring or bean bag toss.

Travis Buck of Woodland carries his monster pumpkin back from the fields while at The Patch. Photo by Mike Schultz
Travis Buck of Woodland carries his monster pumpkin back from the fields while at The Patch. Photo by Mike Schultz

According to the farm’s website, pets are welcome, but must remain on leashes at all times, and owners must pick up their pet’s waste. 

Photographers are welcome by appointment and reservation only. You can contact the farm to arrange for session dates and times. These are allowed and scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis and a small use or scheduling fee may apply.

Drew Gustafson of Vancouver pulls back his pumpkin finds after hunting through The Patch’s fields. Photo by Mike Schultz
Drew Gustafson of Vancouver pulls back his pumpkin finds after hunting through The Patch’s fields. Photo by Mike Schultz

The following food carts are open at the farm on the weekends and select times during the week:

Steakburger on the Go (Weekends & Weather Permitting)

Smokin Frank’s East Fork BBQ Company (Fridays – Sundays)

Red Leaf Organic Coffee (Thursdays – Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Rustic Cup Mobile Coffee & Shaved Ice (Weekends and Various Afternoons)

The Patch is open through the end of October. Monday through Saturday they are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday’s the farm is open from noon to 6 p.m. 

The Patch is located at 612 Whalen Rd. Woodland, WA 98674. For more information, visit their website or give them a call at (360) 225-8594. 

A very appropriate visitor to a pumpkin patch says ‘hello’ to the camera at the The Patch in Woodland. Photo by Mike Schultz
A very appropriate visitor to a pumpkin patch says ‘hello’ to the camera at the The Patch in Woodland. Photo by Mike Schultz
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About The Author

Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a graduate of WSU Pullman’s Edward R. Murrow College where he studied journalism and media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and abroad in Argentina. He has won a regional Emmy and Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his film work. His passions range from sharing the love of Jesus, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife and son in Vancouver, WA. Proverbs 16:3

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