For the 10th year running, the farm invites fans of Van Gogh — or sunflowers — to enjoy the big bloomin’ things, take pictures, or paint their own version of work that has come to symbolize Van Gogh (whose work appeared earlier this spring at a one-of-a-kind show in Philadelphia).
Van Gogh made sunflowers famous in a series of works completed ion a burst of creativity from 1887-89.
Rasmussen Farms features 70 named varieties of sunflowers in the sunflower gardens, and among the vines of its 10-acre pumpkin field. Admission and parking are free.
The weekend of Aug. 4-5 also offers a quilt Show and Sale featuring lovely handmade quilts — including some with sunflower themes –live music, free tastes of award-winning wines from Hood River Vineyards, and barbecue favorites from Hood River’s Charburger restaurant.
The Rasmussen sales barn will feature sunflower desserts, sunflower recipes and other surprises throughout the weekend.
Rasmussen Farms is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at 3020 Thomsen Road, six miles south of Hood River, Oregon. Travel I-84 to Hood River exit 64, then south on Highway 35. Follow the blue state highway signs to the intersection of Highway 35 and Fir Mountain Road, then drive a scenic mile to the farm (follow the signs).
For information, call 541-386-4622 or 800-548-2243, or visit the website.