The Best Country Drive Around Town!

sandy river tunnel May 7Each spring, it creates itself anew, practically before our eyes. This spring is no different, and the rain the last couple of days has certainly helped it along. Papa is talking about the beautiful tree tunnel that arches over Sandy River Drive, one of the main roads to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. It’s the best country drive around town this time of year.

We used to think that when guests come to Papa’s each fall, their visit would begin as soon as they arrived at our front gate. Not so. The visit actually begins about two miles before Papa’s entrance…when you first start north on River Road.

How do we know this? Because it’s one of the main reasons Papa’s papa and Mrs. P moved to the area in the first place, over 40 years ago. The drive out River Road takes you away from the city and puts you smack dab in the country. The sort of narrow, kind of windy road is lined with all variety of trees, bushes and grasses.

Practically every time you go to town you will see pheasants or turkeys or deer; sometimes there’s even an emu or a peacock (one of the neighbors raises them and on occasion, they go for an unplanned walkabout!).

sandy river drive with mail boxAll of this is to say, it’s springtime at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. And one of the ways we know summer is just around the corner is by our tree tunnel. The big cottonwoods are starting to fill in with green leaves and soon the archway will completely cover the drive. That’s when it’ll be the best country drive around town, all over again.

Papa’s Got His Granola at Local Outlets

granola+(1)Here’s something fun: Papa’s Granola is now available at three retail outlets in Bismarck, ND. That’s right! You can get a little bit of that home-grown goodness you love about a visit to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, all year round. (Check out this story on KFYR TV.)

You’ll find Papa’s Granola at Steep Me a Cup of Tea, The Gifted Bean inside the Bismarck Public Library and at Scheels in the Kirkwood Mall.

Papa’s Granola is a happy accident just like Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. It began nearly 10 years ago with a granola recipe from a friend. Papa’s sister loved it but she was the only one eating it. With suggestions from the family and friends, today we have fresh-baked granola you can grab and go, and everyone in the family enjoys it!

There are currently four flavors of Papa’s Granola, including Blueberry Surprise, Hawaiian Delight, Midnight Cherry and Caramel Apple.granola 4 flavors

As much as possible, we use North Dakota products. That’s easy when it comes to the oats, flax meal, wheat germ or sun seeds. It’s a bit harder when you consider the dried fruits like pineapple, cherries or blueberries and the Ghirardelli chocolate.

Why granola? Papa has a family of entrepreneurs. At Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, we provide an outdoor enviroment for families to make memories and have fun. With Papa’s Granola, we have a wholesome product that keeps families on the go energized and ready to play.

If you happen to pick up a package of Papa’s Granola, let us know what you think on Papa’s Facebook page.

Take good care,



With No Snow, It’s No Go for Papa’s Polar Patch

_MG_5335There’s no way around it. We are loving the milder weather this December, but we don’t have enough snow on the ground for Papa to open his Polar Patch. There will be no Papa’s Polar Patch this year.

The forecast sounded positive for possible snow on Monday and Tuesday of Christmas Week, and that didn’t happen. In fact, Fernwood Drive leading up to Papa’s was even showing signs of mud!

Papa and his family wish you the very best of holidays. We hope you have plenty of time with the people you love, and loads of laughter, too.

We look forward to 2015, and we are already planning new activities for Papa’s Pumpkin Patch next fall!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Papa’s Got a Christmas Idea for You!

single family passChristmas is less than two weeks away, and if you need a unique gift idea, why not consider a 2015 Family Pass to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch?

That’s right. If you know a family or have friends who like to visit Papa’s as often as they can during the fall, then a Family Pass could make a perfect gift. You can get Papa’s Family Pass for up to 10 people in the family. The cost for a Family Pass at Papa’s is $10 per person. Currently, a single admission to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch is $4/person so if you visit Papa’s more than twice in one season, you are saving money with a Family Pass.

If you’d like a Papa’s Family Pass for your Christmas gift, simply send Papa an email at or call him at 701-222-1521.

Take good care,


Planning to Play at Papa’s? Schedule Now and Save $$$!

fireplacePapa plans to open his Polar Patch in just over two weeks! From Friday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 4, Papa and the family hope you’ll plan a visit between 12 and 5 pm daily for some great outdoor play. The big red barn becomes a warming house, and outside you’ll find horse-drawn sleigh rides, old-fashioned sled rides, zip lines and more!

Papa loves to have visitors, and sometimes guests want to visit in groups. Here’s a cool deal: if you round up nine of your friends and family (so a total of 10 or more people in your group), contact Papa’s ahead of time and book your group visit. Then you will receive three tickets with each admission of $5/person! (Admission for Papa’s Polar Patch is regularly $5/person and each admission receives two tickets to use while at Papa’s.)

Think about it: if you are the “Johnson” group and you book your visit in advance, then when you and the rest of your Johnson group arrives at Papa’s Polar Patch, you will pay $50 for the entire group ($5/person) and get 30 tickets to use for sled rides, sleigh rides or concessions! That’s a $30 value!!

If you want to book a group visit to Papa’s Polar Patch and get extra tickets as a bonus, contact Tracy at

We hope to see you soon!