Here is an activity that the majority of families and individuals do in the fall…go pumpkin picking. In Pennsylvania, well, at least the area that we live in, it’s not hard to find a pumpkin patch. Some are roadside stands, some are farms where you can just pick your pumpkins at the market, some are pick-your-own, and some offer the whole experience. No matter where you choose to pick your pumpkins, it quickly becomes a family tradition and you will most likely revisit that special place year after year. If you are looking for a “new” pumpkin patch or a place to start your family’s own pumpkin picking tradition, here is a list of patches in our area:
Weaver’s Orchard: Try to go on one of their Fall Family Fun Days. There are lots of activities going on to accompany your pumpkin picking adventure like hayrides and apple cider drinking! If you’re lucky, you’ll even get to taste some of their great farm market food. Maybe leave with some apples to.
Mast Farms: Open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, this Morgantown farm offers pumpkin picking along with a great corn maze! Pay an admission price, but get an adventure for your money…
Ontelaunee Orchards: This Leesport farm has pumpkin picking and apple picking that you can take on all in one day. Then, when you get a bit thirsty from all of that picking, sit down and enjoy some fresh made apple cider straight from this orchard!
Frecon Farms: Located in Boyertown, you can have double the fun and pick your pumpkins before or after doing some apple picking or shopping in their lovely farm market! Enjoy some apple cider and be sure to grab some decorations for your porch before you leave. They have lots to choose from; mums, hay bales, cornstalks, and gourds.
Wilcox Farm: Visit this farm to pick your pumpkins, but while you are there go on their awesome corn maze adventure! If you’re feeling in the mood to be spooked, try the Haunted Maze at night… Also, make sure you try their hand-dipped ice cream before you leave or head out on their 20 minute hayride!
The Farmer’s Daughter: Maybe you can time this one just right for their fall festival on Oct. 13 and 14th, but If not, no worries, most of their fall activities stay running through the season. Go pumpkin picking in their Snoopy-themed pumpkin patch, then take a walk through their Disney Kid Corn Maze. If you’re feeling like you need something a bit more challenging, try the bigger corn maze – just a short hayride away. And don’t leave without checking out their great farm market!
Olszanoski’s Farm: Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch and cut your pumpkins right off the vine just like a real farmer. Located in Spring City, this pumpkin patch is beautiful and covers so much ground! A great opportunity to get some excellent pictures as well. There is even an evening campfire from 7-9 pm so you can warm up after you have picked your pumpkins. Plus, on Friday and Saturday, there is even a moonlight maze where you can use a flashlight to guide you through the field!
If you are looking for a unique craft to do with the kids this fall, here is a great place that you should try:
Helen’s Gourd Farm: A bit of a drive, but well worth it for this farm with a niche….GOURDS! Helen’s is located at 284 Blimline Rd. They offer a wide variety of hard shelled dried gourds ready for crafting! Call 610-775-0526 to set up an appointment, and a tour is included!