7.22.2009

Farm Fresh Fridays: Round Up

In our lil' experiment to visit a different farm each Friday this summer, we've been able to experience a decent variety of farms on the westside of town. We've decided to skip the bigger, more popular farms like Sauvie Island/Kruger's farms for the smaller farms. For those that live in or near the Portland area, or are thinking of visiting, I thought I'd do a quick round-up of the farms my kids & I have visited during our Farm Fresh Fridays experiment (apologies in advance for some of the bad cell phone photos).

If you live outside of
Portland, do you have a good variety of farms where you live and do they all have kid-friendly activities and areas like U-Pick, picnic areas, play areas, petting zoos, and camps? Let me know! I'd love to hear what other cities and states have, and I'm sure those who live in your area would love to know more family-friendly spots to visit as well!

BAGGENSTOS FARMS


15801 SW Roy Rogers Road
Sherwood, OR 97140

Phone/fax: 503-590-4301

Pros: Big parking lot, large play structure, nice mostly-shaded picnic area, goats & chicken coop U-Pick: Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries during the summer; pumpkin patch in the fall

SCHLICTING FARM

503.625.3312

20225 SW Scholls-Sherwood Rd.
Sherwood, OR 97140

Note: The photos on their website absolutely do NOT do this place justice.
Pros: Friendly staff, beautiful hanging baskets, great selection of fruits & vegetables in the store, super fun "Coop" filled with metal art pieces in shapes of animals and other ornamental decor that our kids loved. U-Pick: Lots of options! Strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, peppers and more during the summer; pumpkin patch during the fall. You can also pick fresh flowers.

SMITH BERRY BARN

24500 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97123-9320
(503) 628-2172
Pros: Kids can feed the goats & chickens, adorable "country store" with ice cream/coffee shop, small selection of fruits & veggies for sale, and some pricey but stylish kitchen accessories and decor. We always get a new retro-style button for my son when we visit (at $1.25 each).

U-Pick: berries during the summer


BLUEBERRY HILL

13794 SW Roy Rogers Rd.
Sherwood, OR 97140
(503) 590-1525

This place is all about picking berries: blueberries, raspberries, marionberries, blackberries. Best blueberries and raspberries around, in my opinion. All at a great price too!


LOLICH'S FARM
Phone: 503.352.4448

18407 SW Scholls Ferry Road

Beaverton, OR 97007

Pros: picnic area, friendly staff

U-Pick: blueberries (but they also have cherries, raspberries, marionberries and more that they've picked & sell in the store)

2 comments:

catinanapron said...

thank you so much for the list! We are heading out this weekend to stock up on berries. I like to freeze them and have them all winter for the kids. Are they all organic farms?

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marlynn said...

that's a good question: I don't believe they are all 100% organic farms but I know they all have some organic produce.

we do the same with berries! although each year i have to remember to pick more berries since we always seem to run out in the fall!

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