Located in Woodburn, Oregon, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is a family-owned European-style tulip farm and vineyard, open to the public for guided tours, wine tastings, and seasonal special events. Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm was the vision of Ross and Dorothy Iverson, who began cultivating tulips on their family farm in 1974.
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Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Iversons’ tulip plantings had grown to cover more than 15 acres, and as a result, the family opened the Wooden Shoe Bulb Company in 1983 to sell tulip bulbs and plantings to the general public. In 1985, the farm’s tulip fields were opened to the public on Easter weekend for tours and bulb pickups. Throughout the late 20th century, a wine tasting room, gift shop, and event garden were added to the facility for expanded tourism opportunities and public programming. In 2001, the company’s name was changed to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.
Today, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is open to the public seasonally for guided tours, wine tastings, and seasonal special events. All tulip fields at the farm are planted by machine in October in raised rows to ensure proper irrigation and harvesting, and bloom seasonally for a period of approximately eight weeks, usually between late February and early May. Cut flowers are picked by hand by farm employees and preserved in cold storage to prolong flower life and healthe A variety of cut flowers and bulbs are sold at the farm and online via the company’s website, including Darwin hybrid, fosteriana, lily-flowered, parrot, triumph, and viridiflora tulips. Cyclamieus, jonquilla, poeticus, and split corona daffodils are also sold, along with allium, camassia, hyacinth, and muscari bulbs. Potted tulips and bouquets are also available for purchase.
The farm’s tulip fields are open to the public daily between mid-March and early May, with guided tour opportunities available for schools, organizations, and other small groups. Spring and fall tour experience packages are available, offering 15-minute orientation talks by staff farmers catered to the ages and needs of group members. Access to explore the farm’s tulip fields at leisure is offered as part of all general admission and tour packages, and free tulips and rides on the farm’s cow ride are offered for all tour participants. A children’s area with slides, photo cut-out boards, and duck races is also offered for young visitors and tour participants. Off-season tours may be scheduled on an available basis by contacting the farm’s offices directly at least three days in advance of requested tour date.
In 2009, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm began planting a 6-acre area of wine grapes, and in 2012, the first Wooden Shoe vintage was bottled. Wine varieties offered by the farm include a pinot noir, a sparkling blush moscato, a standard and sparkling albariño, and a dessert marechal foch with blackberry notes. A Tasting Room is available at the farm for visitors ages 21 and older, offering weekend tastings of the farm’s wines, along with a variety of local wines and beers. Visitors may also explore the vineyard’s formal garden area while enjoying wine glasses for purchase. Wine wagon tours are also offered for visitors ages 21 and older, offering two hours of staff-led exploration of the vineyard and information about the farm’s wine creation process. Tours may accommodate up to eight participants, and all tour participants receive two free tastings, one full glass of wine, and a take-home cup. Wine buying outside of normal tasting room operation hours may also be scheduled by contacting the farm’s offices directly.
Ongoing Programs and Events
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm’s annual spring Tulip Festival is its flagship public special event, offering a variety of family-friendly activities centered around spring and fresh flower themes. All festival visitors receive free admission to the farm’s tulip fields, tulip and daffodil display beds, vineyard and tasting room, and four-acre public gardens, along with use of the farm’s children’s play area and access to the children’s cow train attraction. Hay wagon rides are offered to provide access between the tulip field and the farm’s main building, and a tulip market sells a variety of cut flowers and potted bulbs. Food is provided by the Mt. Angel Sausage Company, and a coffee cart serving specialty coffee drinks is provided in the farm’s tasting room. Shoe-making and steam tractor demonstrations are offered periodically, and a crafter marketplace brings a variety of local artisans and crafters. Pony rides, jump tents, and a rock climbing wall and zipline are also offered for an additional fee, and hot air balloon rides are provided by local hot air balloon operators during select days. An annual photo contest is also offered for visitor entry, offering prizes such as season passes to the farm and gift shop gift cards.
Other public special events throughout the year include a Mud, Sweat, and Beers brewfest and fun run, a Tulip Trail Run, and a Muddy Paws Fun Run. Periodic public art and cooking classes are presented throughout the year at the farm’s main building. The farm may also be rented for private special event rentals, including weddings, receptions, family reunions, and corporate meetings.
33814 S Meridian Rd, Woodburn, OR 97071, Phone: 503-634-2243