It’s sunflower season! You don’t have to visit the open fields of Tuscany for this colorful and cheery photo opp. Head to local farms to check out these end-of-summer blooms, but know that this year, most are suggesting or requiring purchasing tickets in advance. Be sure to check their websites for the latest updates on blooming conditions and social distancing guidelines.

West Union Gardens
This popular family farm in Hillsboro is well-known for their large sunflower field. This year you must purchase tickets (at the farmstand or online). They also have pre-picked berries and vegetables for sale, as well as u-pick items in season.
Cost: $5/per person or $20 for a group ticket (up to 8 people). Multiple-day passes available. 
Address: 7775 NW Cornelius Pass Rd., Hillsboro
Peak Bloom Prediction: Approximately July 17-21.

Lee Farms
This seventh-generation family farm is hosting their annual Sunflower Harvest August 6-29, Friday through Sunday. Admission includes a wagon ride, several fields of sunflowers to explore, a sunflower maze, and an opportunity to visit the farm animals, plus one flower bloom. There’s a bakery and well-stocked market, plus on the weekends, there is live music and food onsite for lunch, snacks and dinner. 
Cost: General admission for ages 11+: $15 for ages 3-10, $25 for ages 11-Adult, free for ages 0-2. Multiple-day passes available. 
Address: 21975 SW 65th Ave.,Tualatin 
Peak Bloom Prediction: Approximately August 6-29.

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Packer Orchards
This year Packer Orchards’ sunflower fields are open with pre-purchase passes only for limited capacity. Fields are open August 13-22, Friday through Sunday. Admission includes entrance to the sunflower fields, 2 sunflower blooms, and access to play areas and activities! The farm store is open with baked goods, fresh fruit, canned goods, gifts and ice cream. 
Cost: Field access passes start at $8/person
Address: 3020 Thomsen Rd., Hood River
Peak Bloom Prediction: Opens August 13. 

Plumper Pumpkin Patch
You may visit the animals, check out their pop up Farm Store, and have a hot dog, some roasted corn, and their famous Pumpkin Donuts!  At the end of your visit, pick a bloom to take home with you (Admission includes one u-pick sunflower). Purchase tickets online in advance for timed entry. Wednesdays-Sundays, August 11-29.
Cost: Discounted presales tickets are $10 for adults until August 1, when price will increase to $15/person.
Address: 11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd., Portland
Peak Bloom Prediction: August 11-29.

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