Local WL farm boasts several special offerings for October
As fall hits full stride, social media feeds begin to swell with photos and videos of people frolicking through pumpkin patches, darting through corn mazes and sipping on fresh cider.
Scared of missing out? Fiala Farms in West Linn is playing host to a variety of classic fall activities throughout the month of October, with the headliners being cider pressing on the weekends and a particularly challenging corn maze.
"Our corn maze has about two miles of trails, and so we think it's our hardest corn maze yet," said Richard Fiala, owner of the farm. "About 60 percent (of the maze-goers) are coming back out of the entrance instead of the exit. We hide wooden stakes numbered one to 20 in the corn field, and the challenge is to see if you can find all 20 numbers.
"So far, only three groups have done it out of about 1,000."
Admission runs between $3 and $7 depending on the age of participants, and Fiala said return trips are free once a person has paid for admission.
"You can keep coming back as much as you want through Oct. 31," he said.
Of course, the corn maze is just one of many offerings at Fiala Farms this fall. The farm also has a four-acre pumpkin patch with many pumpkins still available, according to Fiala, and a number of special activities available on weekends.
"We are going to press cider every weekend day, every Saturday and Sunday," Fiala said. "It's important to note that we don't sell cider, because the state requires a pasteurizer to sell it, but we press cider and people can take samples of that."
Fiala said exact times will vary, but it is safe to assume that cider pressing will take place every hour between noon and 4 p.m. on the weekends.
"And then on weekends starting at 11 (a.m.), we also have a trailer ride that tours you around a 9-acre field," Fiala said. "It's $1 a person and (kids) under 6 are free, but they must be accompanied by an adult."
He added that the farm has plenty of fall decorations to check out, including corn stalks and gourds, and that some fruits and vegetables also remain from the warmer months.