About Us

A Few Words About​

Who We Are​

We are the Kessingers, not the Plumper family and we have six kids in the family. We named the farm for bigger, better, plumper pumpkins, not based on our family name. We’ve lived here since 1993 and we’ve had the Pumpkin Patch open since 1998.

We are excited to welcome you to our farm!

Kessinger Family - Plumper Pumpkins & Tree Farm

The Kessingers

History of the Farm

Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm, LLC is a family farm owned and operated by Jim & Peggy Kessinger and their family. The 65-acre farm was purchased in 1993. In 1998, Jim started farming pumpkins on one acre of land with only the Kubota & John Deere 2240 tractors. Jim had left the high-tech world of Intel in 1997 to pursue the idea of a vocation that allowed a flexible work schedule to accommodate a growing family life, working outside growing plants and trees, and creating a place where families could experience a working farm. The farm has evolved over time with new opportunities and various challenges. Currently, we grow 25 types of pumpkins, as well as, gourds, squashes, a variety of other produce and five types of Christmas trees. No matter the changes each year brings we remain a family centered environment selling directly to customers.

The farm was originally founded by the Kruger family before 1890. The first structure was the core of the existing barn completed in 1890 making it over 130 years old.  The farmhouse was completed in 1892. Both structures have been modified over time. At one point the farm was 300 acres and included a dairy, a sheep flock, a walnut orchard, plum orchard, and a variety of other crops. Many members of the Kruger family still live nearby.

A railroad tunnel was built under the farm in 1910 to 1911. This allowed the farmhouse to be the first in the area to get electricity. One entrance is on Rock Creek Road and the other is at the bottom of the sharp curves on Cornelius Pass Road. The one-mile long tunnel opened up railroad traffic from north Portland to the Hillsboro area and is still in use by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line. There are several good stories about this tunnel that our guests love to hear. Be sure to ask Jim about them.

Jim Kessinger Tractor
Kissinger Family Farm
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Contact Us

P: (503) 645-9561
E: office@plumperpumpkins.com

Hours

Wednesday - Sunday: 9am - 5:30pm
OPEN SEP 25TH - OCT 31ST

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11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd
Portland, OR 97231

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