Remember to wear your boots and call ahead to make sure the farm is open before you visit.
October is here, and its time to get a pumpkin for Halloween. Maryland is home to many family farms where you can pick a pumpkin fresh from the field and enjoy a variety of fun farm activities. We’ve put together a list by county of the best pumpkin patches in Maryland.
Weber’s offers a full menu of fall fruits and vegetables, including pumpkins and apples. Choose a pumpkin and enjoy the farm’s program of events that including hayrides, haunted barn, straw maze, and other activities.
Gaver’s has a great selection of pumpkins and apples, but the real fun happens inside the farm’s fall festival. Kids of all ages can enjoy more than 50 attractions including the seven-acre corn maze, bouncy houses, and giant slides. Quench your thirst with an apple cider slushie, munch on treats from the Donut Hut, and take home a fresh-baked pie.
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Known for its Enchanted Forest village from the old park in Ellicott City, Clark’s Elioak Farm is Howard County’s go-to family farm. In the fall, visitors can pick up pumpkins and indulge in a variety of activities, from pony rides to spooky train rides.
At TLV, picking a pumpkin is an adventure. Hitch a ride to the pumpkin patch via hayride and choose from mini pumpkins and large pumpkins starting at just $1 dollar each. TLV is open for pumpkin picking on the weekends through October.
Butler’s Orchard is a family farm that hosts pick-your-own events throughout the year. Stop into the Farm Market or pick your own starting at 69 cents a pound. The orchard also hosts Pumpkin Harvest Days, a self-guided tour for the little ones that includes a small pumpkin and take-home activity sheet.
This Montgomery County farm is famous for its fresh-pressed apple cider and apple cider donuts, both made on-site. Choose a pumpkin from the market or pick one from the fields. Heyser Farms also hosts special events during the fall and winter seasons.
Prince George's County
If you live near Upper Marlboro and work late, Montpelier Farms is the place for you. This pumpkin patch stays open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. on Sundays. Pumpkins are just $3 for five pounds and under or 60 cents a pound for the larger ones. They do recommend that you make online reservations in advance of your arrival, as COVID restrictions are limiting their capacity!
Queen Anne Farm is a pumpkin haven, carrying more than 11 varieties of regular and heirloom pumpkins. Take pictures with the straw animal sculptures, visit the pumpkin house, and shop the farmers market. If you hate carving pumpkins, stop by on Halloween Eve to get yourself a pre-cleaned pumpkin!
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Jones Family Farm has two options for pumpkin seekers. Visit the indoor market to pick one from the displays, or head out to the fields. Bring the kids and take pictures with the giant measuring stick, or try your luck at the corn maze.
Fall is apple- and pumpkin-picking season at the orchard. Rides to the orchards are free every weekend through the end of the month and pick-your-own prices are some of the most reasonable in Maryland. Capture some candids at the orchards' fall photo prop displays, and enjoy hot apple cider donuts.
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