I think most of us can agree that autumn is the most beautiful season here in the Finger Lakes. The trees are bright with color, and the rolling hills showcase that. The air is crisp, the apple farms are in full picking season, and of course, it’s time to find some pumpkins!
Whether you’re buying just one pumpkin to turn into a jack-o-lantern, or perhaps a bunch to decorate around the outside (or inside!) of your house, there are plenty of pumpkin patches throughout the region to choose from. Here are 5 great pumpkin patches to check out.
Located in Candor, Iron Kettle Farm is well-known throughout the area not only for their pumpkin season, but also their greenhouses full of beautiful plants in the spring and summer. They also have a gift shop open seasonally, and lots of farm animals to say hi to.
From the end of this month to Halloween, their spooktacular pumpkin display will be out and the fall festivities begin! The focal point, of course, is the rows and rows of piles of pumpkins you can choose from to take home! Any size pumpkin you need, Iron Kettle will hook you up with.
At Tim’s Pumpkin Patch in Marietta, you can choose whether you want to venture out into the 40 acre pumpkin patch and pick your own, or choose from a wide selection of already picked pumpkins. Besides the usual orange pumpkins, they also have specialty pumpkins such as white, cinderalla, jarrahdale, and ginormous 30lb+ pumpkins called Howden Biggies.
In addition to the pumpkin picking, Tim’s Pumpkin Patch has a corn maze and a barn full of animals you can pet and feed. And if that wasn’t enough, your hunger won’t be forgotten; they have a bakery, as well as a gift shop. So when you come to Tim’s, it’s easy to make it a whole afternoon of family fun.
3. Pick’n Patch
Pick’n Patch, located in Stanley, is much more than just a pumpkin farm. They have activities to keep you coming back year after year. Some examples include a corn tunnel, firetruck funhouse, the barnyard for feeding and petting animals, a kiddie train that drops you off in the pumpkin patch, a corn maze fit for adults, and more.
Of course, they offer a wide variety of pumpkins and other fall produce like homegrown squash, ornamental corn, gourds, and corn stalks. Their pumpkins range in size from teeny tiny to ginormous, so there’s literally a pumpkin, and activity, for everyone at Pick’n Patch!
Meadeville Farm is located in Seneca Falls, near the north end of Cayuga Lake. Besides just the picking out and buying of pumpkins, there are lots of things to do at the farm! This includes a petting zoo, a spooky sheet maze, a pumpkin painting booth, and bean bag toss. There will also be a haunted hayride with a shorter route for younger children, and a longer, scarier route for older kids and adults.
The farm also has live music and other happenings throughout this month, October, and the first few days of November. For a quick snack, Meadeville Farm also serves different pumpkin desserts and hot and cold drinks such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and milk. They also have a wide variety of pumpkins to choose from, so there’s something for everyone.
Located right near the airport in Big Flats, Smithome Farms is home to a variety of activities – not just pumpkins! Starting September 19th and going through Halloween, there will be activities such as a corn maze, a hayride, and a haystack hunt. There will also be special rates for birthday party packages, field trip packages, and regular group packages.
Through the end of this month, their summer produce stand is still running and has a variety of summer vegetables to choose from. When it’s time to pick your pumpkin this fall, head out into the pumpkin patch and find your perfect pumpkin! Prices vary by size from $1-$10, excluding the gigantic specialty pumpkins. So come out to Smithome Farms and pick your perfect pumpkin this fall!