One of my favorite signs of autumn: seeing pumpkin show up on menus. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pie and pumpkin milkshakes are some of the season’s tastiest treats.
You can also head out into the country to pick one yourself, or just get a taste of harvest fun. This pumpkin “catapult” I’m attempting in the photo is at Liepold Farms, one of many in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, just a short drive from Portland. Here’s an extended list with descriptions.
Other places that are perfect for enjoying the fall harvest season and Halloween spirit this month are St. Helens, where the town becomes “Halloweentown” every weekend; Sauvie Island’s Pumpkin Patch; and the Hood River Fruit Loop.