Pumpkin Patches in Arizona
Find farms near Phoenix, Flagstaff and Tucson offering pumpkins for sale. There are three Phoenix pumpkin patches within Maricopa County. There are three Tucson pumpkin patches within an hour of the city. Flagstaff residents have fewer options but can still find pumpkin picking within a reasonable drive. Enjoy a day on the farm with your friends and family this fall, take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, and pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve up. Indulge in the rest of the fall fun offered by your local farmer and end the day with a photograph to remember it forever.
There are three farms around the Phoenix area – one each in Scottsdale, Gilbert and Glendale.
MacDonald’s Ranch – Scottsdale, AZ
A horse and cattle ranch from the 1950s that the Richardson family opened to the public in 1970. Take a horse or mule drawn hayride to the pumpkin patch. Other activities include petting zoo, hay maze, pony rides, gem mine, cowboy golf, carnival rides, face painting, and sand creations.
Location: 26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Mother Nature’s Farm – Gilbert, AZ
Wade Kelsall runs the farm his parents purchased here in 1968. They began selling pumpkins in 1991 and forty acres of pumpkins are now grown in Duncan for sale here. The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off on October 5, 2013. The “pumpkin patch” is open from September 23rd to November 3, 2013. It appears that the pumpkins are brought to the Gilbert location. Other activities include hayrides, adventure maze, straw bounce and farmyard animals.
Tolmachoff Farms – Glendale, AZ
Location: 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale, AZ. 85303
Enjoy pumpkin days and a six acre corn maze at Tolmachoff Farms from October 1st to November 10, 2013. Also enjoy the mini maze, petting zoo, train rides (weekends), corn box, pedal carts and jumping pillow.
Tucson Pumpkin Patches
Buckelew Farm – Tucson, AZ
Holding its 25th annual Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze the last four weekends in October 2013. Take a tractor-drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin field and pick your own pumpkins. Other activities include the 11 acre corn maze, professional pumpkin carving, petting zoo, zombie paintball, arts and crafts, inflatable slide and pedal cart race track. The Great Pumpkin Race, a 5K cross country run through the farm and corn maze, is October 13, 2013.
Location: 17000 W. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85735
Agua Linda Farm – Amado, AZ
Enjoy the fall festival on weekends in October and take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch. Other farm activities include kid-friendly maze, petting zoo, bounce house, Tyke Track and tire swings. Agua Linda Farm has been farmed by Stewart and Laurel Loew for the past two decades. Located 45 minute south of Tucson.
Location: 3643 East Frontage Road, Amado AZ 85645
Apple Annie’s Orchard – Willcox, AZ
The Apple Annie’s Orchard was started in the early 1980s by John and Annie Holcomb (and family). They expanded into their pumpkin festival in 2003 with the purchase of Hunsdon Farms. Pick your own pumpkin from their forty acre pumpkin patch. Also enjoy the 15 acre corn maze and other fall fun. Located one hour east of Tucson.
Location: 64055 W Williams Rd, Willcox AZ 85643
Flagstaff Pumpkin Patches
Pumpkin Patch Train – Williams, AZ
The train takes parents and kids from Williams Depot to the pumpkin patch. Other activities available include the free hay bale maze, haunted train car, crafts and coloring at Williams Depot. Located thirty minutes west of Flagstaff.
Location: 233 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams AZ 86046
Freeman Farms – Chino Valley, AZ
Located 90 minutes southwest of Flagstaff near Prescott. Freeman farms, owned and operated by Norm Freeman and Lynne Trenery, holds a pumpkin festival every October. Other activities include the hay rides, corn maze, farm train, merry go round, and petting zoo.
Location: 1096 E. Road 3 South, Chino Valley AZ
Pumpkins were first grown in the New World. They were originally grown by Native American farmers in combination with other crops along river banks. The squash and pumpkins were first grown along with sunflowers and beans. Then they were grown with maize (corn) and beans. The “Three Sisters,” as they are known, aid each other in growth. The squash prevents weeds and preserves moisture in the ground. The corn serves as a trellis for the beans to grow, and their growth helps to stabilize the corn in the wind. The pumpkins looked different than the ones which are turned into jack-o-lanterns today. How about some Jack-o-Lantern History.
The word pumpkin, despite the American origin of the plant, has greek origins. In Greek, Pepon means large melon. As the word and squash gained use in France, England and America, the word pumpkin emerge.
Did you know that October 26th each year is National Pumpkin Day?
Fun Facts About Halloween Pumpkins
Before Columbus, pumpkins were not a native fruit in Europe. Jack O’Lanterns were carved from turnips or gourds. Pumpkins were native to Central America for over 5000 years before being brought back to Europe by the French explorer Jacques Cartier. Pumpkins are a fruit and really a member of the squash family which includes melons, cucumbers, gourds and more. The Irish are credited with bringing pumpkin carving to America. Pumpkin flowers and seeds are edible. It generally takes 80-120 days for a pumpkin to go from seed to grown fruit. Most pumpkins in the United States are ripened and used in October. Funtober has more information on pumpkins here.
Circleville Pumpkin Show “The Greatest Free Show On Earth”
The small town of Circleville, Ohio is located just south of Columbus. It has a population of 12,000 which has over 400,000 visitors to their annual downtown pumpkin festival. This year the Circleville Pumpkin Show runs October 21st – 24th, 2015. The four day event features seven different pumpkin parades with 50 bands and 40 floats. There are over 300 food and craft vendors with 30 plus amusement carnival rides. Expect to find lots of band music, stage acts, pageants, pumpkin pie eating, and even hog calling contests. This is one spectacular event that started back in 1903.