Every fall my family plans one pumpkin patch trip together; when I say family, I am talking about my whole family, which includes my parents, and my sister's and brother's families. Pheasant Fields Farm often ends up being our destination because it is so wide open and big enough to handle all of our crazy kids. At the beginning of fall, Ilias starts asking to go to Pheasant Fields Farm because he loves the huge corn maze so of course he is very happy!
First thing, we always do is to get our annual picture of our parents with all of the grandkids. Of course, to get this task done it is nothing short of a miracle, with four boys and two girls all under the age of 10. Alas, we eventually get them all to look at the camera at the same time so that we can head on to the fun activities!
After our picture taking was done, we headed on over to the corn maze. Our two oldest boys would loved to have taken off by themselves but the young lady and younge man that were taking the tickets told us that a couple of people had already gotten lost that day and needed help out. Needless to say, we made sure to stick together. It is a pretty big maze and the young man offered for us take a picture of the aerial shot of the maze, but we decided to take a chance and take the challenge of getting out without one. It took us a while to get through and just as I was getting ready to call my mother and have her send a picture, our boys (with the help of my brother) found the exit. They were quite proud of themselves.
Our next activity was the hayride. It is always a crowd favorite. It is a fun little trip around their whole property while Farmer Ric, the owner, tells us about the crops that they grow and some of the animals that share the property with them. We didn't realize that there were so many varieties of pumpkins let alone that Pheasant Fields grows 50 different types.
Next on the agenda was Pear Shooting. Now this was really fun! The boys picked two pears, pulled the stems off, then they got to use a huge slingshot to shoot at different targets. They had some really cool prizes to win but our boys only won a piece of candy since they didn't hit anything. Nonetheless they enjoyed it!
From there we checked out their pumpkin carver's creations. It was so fun to watch their skill as they carved an awesome, scary face out of a pumpkin. They were also roasting pumpkin seeds at the same stand. If you like roasted pumpkin seeds, Jeri, Farmer Ric's wife suggested using the kakai pumpkin. It is an orange and green, almost striped pumpkin. They are really popular so you are going to have to really keep an eye out for them in the patch, or just go to their Country Store where you can not only purchase the heirloom pumpkins, but you can get beautiful hand made aprons, local products and homemade caramel apples. They even had a coffee stand and they were grilling up burgers and hot dogs if you for purchase if you are hungry. While you were enjoying your snack you could sit under a beautiful black walnut tree, that is over 50 years old.
The kids wanted to finish off their day by playing in the bounce house. On the way there we got distracted by the chickens and bunnies, but then moved on to the kiddie section. For the bounce house we could either pay two tickets or get a bracelet that was good for as many times as they wanted. We somehow ended up with a lot of leftover tickets so the kids went through a few times.
The kids of course, with their undending energy, decided to climb around on the tractor they have on the property and to swing in the tire swings.
Pheasant Fields Farm has added a brand new COW TRAIN last year that fits up to 10 passengers and adds to the fall fun.
If you want to go Pheasant Fields Farm Harvest Festival they are located at : 1865 Camp Baker Rd, Medford, 97501 map and they will be open every Saturday & Sunday, October 6th-28th, 10am - 5pm