They will have u-pick produce through mid-November this year (did you know 95% of their produce is available for u-pick? which brings the price down per pound??). Once u-pick slows down, the farm store remains open until February with produce, Detering-made preserves, jams, sauces and fresh-pressed cider, locally-produced nuts, honey, and popcorn, and some truly fabulous options for fall and holiday gifts and décor.
Detering has a story.
Siblings Greig and Becky are the 3rd generation of Deterring’s to run the family farm. They’re committed to maintaining the values that their red-suspender-wearing father Roger passionately instilled…celebrating the seasons, providing affordable, family memories, and teaching children where their food comes from. Becky says, “I love the feeling of the fall here at Detering. And we all look forward to the field trips we host all season.”
Available for low cost:
apple launcher, feeding the barn animals, and a tractor ride out to the u-pick orchard (kids are actually free for that one, adults are $1).
join the Apple Daze Kickoff with pumpkin carving demonstrations and giveaways.
bring a decorated or carved pumpkin and receive free Apple Blaster tickets!
come dressed in your Halloween costumes for FREE apple blaster tickets and PRIZES for best costume!
The Mutsu. This is the all-around staff favorite due to its baking prowess. Because of its size, there are less overall apples to peel and they hold up really well in cobblers, crisps and pies. Becky loves all the large varietals of apples but recommends the little Jonathans for caramel apples or an easy snack for the kids. Our tractor driver, John, scoffed at the idea of picking a favorite. “Anything is my favorite when it’s picked fresh, in season.”
Other must-picks include the
Melrose and the Jonagolds.
Grab this handy chart at the farm to get an idea of what kind of apples to get for your dish or sauce. U-pick vary around 72 cents/pound.
Also available for picking:
pears, tomatoes, peppers and flowers.
Now, go! Enjoy!
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Cloudy with rain. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the low 40s. 100% chance of precipitation. 7MPH winds from the SW. Forecast for Eugene, Oregon on Friday, October 31, courtesy of Accuweather.
Are you surprised?
Let’s embrace it!
We love Oregon and there’s so much we can do and enjoy in light of the puddles.
Trick or Treat in a location where the candy is close together
Neighborhoods with driveways close together, a Trunk or Treat event (many large churches host an event like this, comment below if you know of one we haven’t included), Downtown Eugene, or Valley River Center. Check out our Fall Picks article from last week for descriptions of these events.
Rainproof your Trick-or-Treaters
Add layers for warmth: even if the top layer of the costume gets soggy, waterproof layers underneath (UnderArmor, ski gear, etc.) can keep kids from getting chilled.
Warm hands and feet equal happy kids: unless the costume requires a specific shoe, rain boots or waterproof shoes will keep feet happy (don’t forget wool socks!). If your kids insist on a certain shoe, get them to wear plastic bags over their feet. Add a pair of waterproof gloves and you're good for the evening.
Add an umbrella: choose a bubble shaped one with a hook so your kids can hang their candy bag from the handle (and the bubble shape keeps them from poking out eyeballs).
Stay home and have an impromptu party
Many kids age 3 and under really could care less what day it is and are too young to embrace all that this holiday is about. Rather than drag them around on a wet walk with their older sibling(s), enjoy time at home with them while the other parent ventures out with the older kids. Invite other families to do the same, pick up some of those cheap take-n-bake pumpkin-shaped pizzas at Papa Murphy’s, and enjoy these easy, last-minute activities together:
Games and Crafts: Follow our GoMomGo Pinterest and find: paper plate Spiders, decorating a giant felt pumpkin with face pieces, and lots more!
Decorate pumpkins: often kids this age are too young to carve a pumpkin, so here’s an opportunity for them to decorate in an age-appropriate way. Ideas: Go to the Dollar store and get stick-on mustaches and fake glasses, pull out the paint and go for it, or (our favorite) pull out the Mr. Potato Head pieces and go nuts!
Music and dancing: take the time to teach your kids some finger-plays and classic songs. Also try searching for the “Children’s Halloween” playlist on Pandora or “Children’s Halloween Party” on Spotify to liven up the mood!
Finally, if you’re concerned about the thousands of grams of sugar your household just inherited in one night, we have a great alternative for you! GoMomGo has teamed up with some local military families to send unopened candy to our soldiers overseas! Email us to get info on a drop-off location.
How awesome are those ideas? & the Mr. Potato Head pumpkin? Adorable! Thanks, Christy!
Tomorrow on our Facebook page you can share pictures of your little creatures (& animals & Elsas :) We would love to see how you celebrate!
No matter what you decide to do for Halloween, we hope that you have a super safe & super fun time!
Christy Rice is a mom to two great boys. They love to explore all that Lane County has to offer & share their adventures with GoMomGo.
The cooler days bring crisp apples, pumpkin treats, and Instagram photos of vintage-y barns, colorful leaves and hayrides. Grab your little ones and go enjoy some of our favorite FREE autumn experiences throughout the Eugene area! For information about Lane County’s corn mazes and other seasonal events, visit here.
Apple Daze at Deterring Orchards
30946 Wyatt Drive in Harrisburg
Every Saturday and Sunday through October
Animal corral, hay rides, playground, apple blaster, treasure mining, music and antique farm equipment.
Free apple cobbler and fresh cider samples.
U-Pick fruit from the orchards and seasonal produce.
Vintage Market vendors to shop for fall décor!
*GoMomGo tip: The samples, the play area, the little goats, and the browsing all offer ample opportunities to enjoy family time without spending a dollar! But if you plan on doing your produce shopping at Deterring (do it…your dollars will go a long way) plan to buy $20 worth of produce so you get free tickets to the Apple Blaster (and your kids will adore you!). U-pick pumpkins are $.19/lb and u-pick/bulk apples seemed to be around $.60-.80/lb. Overall, Deterring’s produce prices are some of the best we’ve seen anywhere in Lane County.
Pumpkin Carving at Red Wagon Creamery
55 W. Broadway
October 27-30, from 3-5PM
Red Wagon Creamery hosts demos led by artists from The Watershed Arts Foundation. The first 100 youth get free pumpkins from local farms to carve, and everyone learns the history of pumpkin carving and gets 50 cents off a Red Wagon ice cream treat.
Haunted Market at 5th Street Public Market
296 E. 5th Avenue
October 30-31, from 6-8PM
Prepare for two nights of trick-or-treating, face painting, spooky story-tellers, a photo booth, and fun for the whole family. Admission is FREE if you bring 3 cans of food to support Food For Lane County ($3/person otherwise).
Friday, October 31
There are a number of organizations throughout Eugene who host a collective trick-or-treat experience for the family to enjoy:
Willamette Christian School
Friday, October 31 from 5:30-7PM
There will be up to 40 cars decorated for a fun and safe family trick or treat experience all set up in the WCS parking lot (2500 W. 18th Avenue in Eugene). It’s TRUNK or Treat!
Valley River Center
Friday, October 31 from 6-8PM
Bring your kids to VRC to trick-or-treat throughout the mall! A great indoor option in case the weather is soggy!
Friday, October 31 from 3-6PM
Locations will be marked with orange and black balloons. At 5:30, join the Masquerade of Munchkins at the Eugene Public Library and follow the route to Noisette, Red Wagon, Voodoo Doughnuts, and end at Kesey Square at 6PM.