A favorite local spot and a couple of “people you should know about” are Smith Rock Ranch and Matt and Kendra Lisignoli. Best known for their enchanting pumpkin patch, open every fall, their ranch has grown into so much more. In 1997, the Lisignoli’s first opened as a little produce stand/pumpkin patch at the Farmers Market in Redmond. At that time they were the only u-pick pumpkin patch in Central Oregon. In 2001, they made the move to Terrebonne, just north of Redmond, and changed their name to the Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. Their farm was a wholesale/retail outlet, selling autumn decor and providing a place for families to celebrate the fall season. The name Smith Rock Ranch came to be when they decided to offer a variety of activities year-round. In December of 2010, they opened for the first time with “Country Christmas”. They offered fresh Christmas trees, photos with Santa, and train rides through Rudolph’s village. They have continued that tradition every holiday season ever since.
Matt and Kendra’s kids are also a very important part of the business, they not only help out with the not-so-fun jobs of rock picking and hoeing pumpkins, but they also help develop new ideas involving the direction of the business. Their daughters, Summer and Sydney, unlike most teens their age, enjoy spending time on the farm with their family and a menagerie of animals. The girls have even laid out the entire design of the “Corn Maize” all by themselves imagine counting 8 acres of cornrows! Their son Christian learned to drive a combine and a baler at the Ranch. Matt and Kendra feel so fortunate to be able to provide a place for their children to develop skills that they will use throughout their lives.
The proud couple believes that, for them, success has been about being able to work together as a family and do something that they are proud of. They receive tremendous support and encouragement from the community and from visitors from all over the country. Their wholesale business has grown a little every year, thanks to local consumers deciding to shop locally. Matt and Kendra are the type of farmers who work very hard to produce quality, not just quantity. The Lisignoli’s have lots of exciting ideas for more events and hope to soon offer much more to the community.
Two years ago, the theme for their 8-acre “Corn Maize” was Star Wars. Darth Vader dropped by on the weekends to meet the public, while Storm Troopers surveyed the “Corn Maize” for any offenders. Also, they recently added a climbing wall for visitors to try out their skills; before venturing down the road to climb the real thing Smith Rock. Of course, the pumpkin cannons are operational for both little kids and big kids too. Other activities that have become a tradition at the ranch include the colorful Zoo Train, The Animal House, Pony rides, Barnyard Golf, and Archery. Visitors can also enjoy food and live music while taking in the beautiful views. All of these activities are offered Saturdays and Sundays during the month of October.