Pumpkin Hunting on Sauvie Island

Since it is almost Halloween (only a couple more days), I took the opportunity on Saturday to head to Sauvie Island to pick up a pumpkin and get my fill of fall fun. 

Sauvie Island is a great place just North of Portland where the Willamette and Columbia rivers meet. It is mostly farmland/wildlife preserve, but filled with lots of fresh produce and fun. I went to The Pumpkin Patch last year and went through the corn maze (the normal one that is built for small children, not the haunted one--I don't do haunted things). 

The weather here has been, well, rainy. Dirt + rain=mud. It was extremely muddy this year when we arrived. Good thing I wore boots. 

They needed to be hosed down after running around in them all day. At least my pants stayed dry. 

They needed to be hosed down after running around in them all day. At least my pants stayed dry. 

There is a great little indoor barn filled with chickens, ducks, goats, sheep and a variety of other adorable (but smelly) animals. 

These little guys were my favorites. 

These little guys were my favorites. 

Of course, the real reason we were there was a to pick out a pumpkin. They had a huge selection, even though it is technically late in the season. A lot of other places looked picked over, but these guys still had plenty in all different sizes. 

So many choices...so little time. 

So many choices...so little time. 

I may have changed my mind several times. Fortunately, I have some plans for the pumpkins that I will share later this week. Definitely a fun weekend. I highly recommend The Pumpkin Patch for lots of fun and produce. The store there is filled with other good fall food, like squash (more kinds than I can name). If only I had a bigger kitchen.

Have you picked out a pumpkin yet? What are you doing with it?