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Arkansas Pumpkin Patches

Locate Arkansas pumpkin patches for this fall.  Find pumpkin picking near Little Rock, Jonesboro and Fayetteville in Arkansas. Support your local farm this October.  Many also have hayrides, corn mazes, live animals, and kids games.

2015 Arkansas Farms

Little Rock, AR

Motley’s Pumpkin Patch – Little Rock, AR.  Celebrate 30 years of farm fun at this Central Arkansas pumpkin farm in Little Rock. Pick your own pumpkins off the vine, take a tractor-drawn wagon ride to the field and visit the farm animals. Randy and Linda Motley have been growing christmas trees since 1982 and opened their patch in 2008.  Motley’s Tree Farm and Pumpkin Patch has more than 4,048 Facebook likes.  Their address is 13724 Sandy Ann Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72206.  It is about 12 miles south of Little Rock.

Peebles Farm – Augusta, AR.  Enjoy 10 acres of u-pick pumpkins on their 60 acre field halfway between Augusta and McCrory. Have fun at the 20 acre corn maze, relax on a hay ride and visit the farm animals. Activities run from the last weekend in September through the first weekend in November.  Learn more about what’s happening on the farm this fall.  Peebles Farm has more than 11,655 Facebook likes.   Their address is 76 Woodruff 249 Rd, Augusta AR 72006.  It is about 79 miles northeast of Little Rock.

Schaefers & Collins Pumpkin Patch & Farm – Mayflower, AR.  Join them for their 18th season growing pumpkins and pick your own pumpkin off the vine. Enjoy a corn maze, rock wall and pony rides. There is also a haunted house and haunted hayride on Friday and Saturday nights.
Note: Cash and check only! Located 50 minutes northwest of downtown Little Rock near Conway.  Their address is 862 Lollie Road, Mayflower, AR 72106.

Holland Bottom Farm - Cabot, AR.  They grow lots of fruits and vegetables on this huge farm.  In the fall they grow pumpkins, have hayrides, and grow mums.  Their address is 1255 Hwy 321, Cabot, Arkansas.  It is about 24 miles northeast of Little Rock.

Bo Brook Farms – Roland, AR.  A 235 acre country farm with pick your own pumpkins. Family owned and operated since 1995. The rest of the year, it is a wedding venue and berry farm. Located near Pinnacle Mountain State Park, thirty minutes northwest of downtown Little Rock.  Their address is 13810 Combee Ln., Roland, AR 72135.

Arkansas Frontiers – Quitman, AR.  A living history farm founded by two teachers with more than 60 years combined teaching experience. U-pick pumpkins in October. Reservations only Monday – Friday. Open on Saturday as well. Closed on Sunday.  Enjoy the hay ride, dino dig, farm animals, enchanted forest, old school house and gem mining.  Their address is 1625 Wesley Chapel Road, Quitman, AR.  It is about 61 miles north of Little Rock.

Northwest Arkansas

- Fayetteville, Springdale and Bentonville

Farmland Adventures – Springdale, AR.  Pick out a pumpkin from their large patch. While you are there, enjoy their corn mazes, petting zoo, wagon rides and pony rides as well. The Farmland Adventures pumpkin field and corn maze was opened in 2011 by the Parsons family, who has been farming near Springdale since 1910.  They are open from September 5th through November 1st on Fridays and Saturdays.  Also in October they are open Thursdays.  Find more information on their Facebook page with over 4,255 Facebook likes.  Their address is 5355 Parsons Rd, Springdale, AR 72764.  It is about 12 miles north of Fayetteville.

McGarrah Farms – Pea Ridge, AR.  Pick your own pumpkins from their field this fall in Northwest Arkansas. Wide range of pumpkins from miniature to giants weighing 150 pounds. Open from late September through Halloween. Admission fee of $6 entitles you to equivalent value of tickets for rides and pumpkins. The farm is run by the McGarrah Family who have been farming in Benton County since 1824.  The address is 14816 Miser Rd, Pea Ridge, AR 72751.  It is about 11 miles northeast of Bentonville.

Mountain Home Berry Farm – Mountain Home, AR.  A northern Arkansas farm with a fall festival and pumpkin picking. 1.5 acre kid’s corn maze, hay ride, petting zoo, mulch mountain and country store. Admission to the festival tour is $6 per individual. Admission to the patch is free but there is a cost for pumpkins you pick. Parking is free. Open on weekends and Friday afternoons from late September through early November.  Their address is 693 County Road 57, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

Exeter Corn Maze – Exeter, MO – Enjoy 7 acres of twist and turns at one of the area best corn mazes with much more fun.  Exeter Corn Maze has a huge pumpkin patch, a giant orange pillow for their pumpkin jump, a zip line, pumpkin cannon, hayride, cow train, campfires, Zombie Paintball, Haunted Barn, concessions and more.  Located less than 30 minutes from NW Arkansas.  Address is State Highway MM, Exeter, MO 65647.  Opens around September 19th through Halloween.  They have nearly 8000 Facebook likes.

Northeast Arkansas

– Jonesboro

Pumpkin Hollow – Piggott, AR.  For over 20 years, home of NE Arkansas’ only pumpkin patch and Arkansas’ original corn maze, offers hayrides, pig scramble, pony rides, Pedal tractors, Friendly Forest, and much more farm fun. Pumpkin Hollow is also home to Horror in the Hollow, scariest haunted attractions in the tri-state area.  Pumpkin Hollow is very popular with over 14,061 Facebook likes.  Their address is 610 County Road 336, Piggott, AR 72454.  This is about 64 miles north of Jonesboro.

Southeast Arkansas

Old Milo Tree Farms -  Fall festival open to the public on Saturday and Sunday in October. Pick right off the vine. Take a tractor drawn hayride, get lost in the kid size corn maze, petting zoo, hay maze, barrel train, pumpkin painting and giant caterpillar swing. Kids are $7 (includes one from the patch). Adults are $5 (no pumpkin). Pumpkin Chunkin’ costs an additional $1 for 3 shots.  Their address is 604 Ashley Road 485, Hamburg, Arkansas 71646.  It is about 70 miles south of Pine Bluff.

Pumpkin History

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.

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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.


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