Visiting apple orchards and pumpkin patches are two of fall’s greatest pleasures. In search of the perfect pumpkin for this year’s front stoop? Here’s a list of some of the best New England pumpkin patches to help you find it.
GUIDE TO NEW ENGLAND PUMPKIN PATCHES
Sam Mazza’s | Colchester, VT
Pick a pumpkin after taking a spooky hayride that winds through a haunted forest. Take a rest at the picnic pavilion to admire your treasure. Starting the last weekend of September to the third weekend of October.
277 Lavigne Road, Colchester. 802-655-3440; sammazzafarms.com
Isham Family Farm | Williston, VT
Farmer Mike and the Isham Family Farm is ten miles south of Burlington, VT. Now listed on the National Register of Historic places, this farm was built by settlers in 1788. Pumpkins scattered across two acres of pumpkin patches are sold according to size not weight and the sunflower maze stays open through late September.
3515 Oak Hill Road, Williston. 802-872-1525; ishamfamilyfarm.com
Sunnycrest Farm Inc. | Londonderry, NH
Get to the farm early if you want a famous apple cider donut because a line will form! Sunnycrest is a community favorite with lifelong customers and a farmer’s market.
59 High Range Road, Londonderry. 603-432-7753; sunnycrestfarmnh.com
Bishop’s Orchard | Guilford, CT
This farm market and winery has a pumpkin patch right next to the Little Red Barn where you can wheel a friend or a pumpkin around in a wagon. Pumpkins are pre picked and arranged by size. Enjoy kettlecorn or check out the hay pyramid.
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford. 203-453-2338; bishopsorchards.com
Sweet Berry Farm | Middletown, RI
Set on 100 acres of preserved farmland this elegant post and beam farm was voted “Best Agricultural Expedition” in 2009. Pick a pumpkin and sit down to dine in the Farm Café or wander among the apple orchards.
915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown. 401-847-3912; sweetberryfarmri.com
Belkin Family Lookout Farm | South Natick, MA
Choose from 40,000 pumpkins in the expansive patch located right across from the U-Pick barn. Established in 1651, this family owned farm is located less than 20 miles from Boston.
89 Pleasant St, South Natick, MA. 508-651-1539; lookoutfarm.com
Pumpkin Valley Farm | Dayton, ME
Find a reasonably priced pumpkin; five pounds and under for $3. Enjoy a hayride out to the four acre patch and pick from white, red and traditional orange jack o-lantern friendly pumpkins. The corn maze and small animals to pet makes it an outing.
100 Union Falls Road, Dayton. 207-929-4088; pumpkinvalleyfarm.com
March Farm | Bethlehem, CT
A fourth generation family farm with a 10 acre hilltop pumpkin patch with views that stretch seemingly forever. The “Hayloft Playscape” for kids is a bonus.
160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem. 203-266-7721; marchfarm.com
DeMerritt Hill Farm | Lee, NH
You can either walk or ride out to the pumpkin patches, and if you’re in a rush, stop by the store to select a pumpkin Pick your own from not one, but two patches at this beautiful farm. A wide variety of painted pumpkins and gourds available too!
66 Lee Road, Lee. 603-868-2111; demeritthillfarm.com
Barden Family Orchard | North Scituate, RI
A family friendly farm only 13 miles from Providence. Pick a pumpkin with a legacy. Gilbert Barden planted pumpkins in the 1980s and today you can still snap his pumpkin’s right from the vine.
56 Elmdale Road, North Scituate. 401-934-1413; bardenfamilyorchard.com
Which spot tops your list of favorite New England pumpkin patches?