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 August 3-18. There is also a second patch that they hope will bloom in September.

Lee Farms
This seventh-generation family farm is hosting their annual Sunflower Harvest August 7-30, Friday through Sunday. Admission includes a wagon ride, several fields of sunflowers to explore, a new sunflower maze, and two hours on the grounds to explore and 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+: $17 discounted price in advance online, $20 onsite. Youth admission for ages 3-10: $11 discounted price in advance online; $15 onsite. Multiple-day passes available. 
Address: 21975 SW 65th Ave.,Tualatin 
Peak Bloom Prediction: Approximately August 15-22.


Packer Orchards
This year Packer Orchards’ sunflower fields are open with pre-purchase passes only for limited capacity. Fields are open August 14-23, Friday through Sunday. Each field access pass is valid for one hour. The farm store is open with baked goods, fresh fruit, canned goods, gifts and ice cream. 
Cost: Field access passes start at $6/person and include two sunflowers. 
Address: 3020 Thomsen Rd., Hood River
Peak Bloom Prediction: Opens August 14. 

Plumper Pumpkin Patch
Their Sunflower Walkabout is set up for social distancing on two acres of sunflower fields. Admission includes one u-pick sunflower. Purchase tickets online in advance for timed entry. Fridays-Sundays, September 4-20.
Cost: Discounted presales tickets are $12 for adults.
Address: 11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd., Portland
Peak Bloom Prediction: September 4-20.

Michelle Carew


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