Arkansas Pumpkin Patches
Find pumpkin picking near Little Rock, Jonesboro and Fayetteville in Arkansas. Support your local farm this October:
Little Rock Pumpkin Patches
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.
Location: 13724 Sandy Ann Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72206
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. Learn more about what’s happening on the farm this fall via Facebook. Located 75 minutes northeast of Little Rock.
Location: 76 Woodruff 249 Rd, Augusta AR 72006
Schaefers & Collins Pumpkin Patch & Farm – Mayflower, AR
Join them for their 16th 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.
Location: 862 Lollie Road, Mayflower, AR 72106
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.
Location: 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. Hay ride, dino dig, farm animals, enchanted forest, old school house and gem mining. Located one hour north of Little Rock.
- 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.
Location: 5355 Parsons Rd, Springdale, AR 72764
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.
Location: 14816 Miser Rd, Pea Ridge, AR 72751
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.
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.
Location: 610 County Road 336, Piggott, AR 72454
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.
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.