Funtober Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Patches in Connecticut

Find pumpkin picking near Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury or Danbury on our list of Connecticut pumpkin patches.

Foster Family Farm – South Windsor, CT
The Foster family has been farming this land since 1790. In addition to pumpkins, they have two corn mazes across eight acres, farm animals, play yard, hayrides and concessions.
Location: 90 Foster Street, South Windsor, CT 06074

Pell Farms – Somers, CT
A family owned and operated farm since 1930s that has a cornfield maze, hay maze, tractor hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and snacks. In addition to pumpkins.
Location: 96 Kibbe Grove Road, Somers CT, 06071

Brown’s Harvest – Windsor, CT
Enjoy the pumpkin patch, hayrides and pumpkin painting at this 175 acre shade leaf tobacco and pumpkin farm in the Connecticut Valley that started with James M. Brown in 1871. Stay up to date with what is happening on the farm via their Facebook updates.
Location: 1911 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor, Connecticut 06095

Rose’s Berry Farm – South Glastonbury, CT
A pick your own berry farm in South Glastonbury, CT that is the largest blueberry farm in Connecticut with 40 acres of plants. Enjoy a hayride tour of the farm and visit the pumpkin patch and corn maze this fall. They also offer face painting and snack shack.Find out the latest at the farm on Facebook.
Location: 295 Matson Hill Rd., South Glastonbury, CT 06073

Pumpkinseed Hill Farm – Shelton, CT
A 400 acre farm that has been worked by multiple generations of the Jones family that grows 25 acres of pumpkin Enjoy a hayride, pick a pumpkin and try the Jones winery.
Location: 120 Beardsley Road, Shelton, CT 06484

Blue Jay Orchards – Bethel, CT
A 140 acre New England farm 1.25 hours from Manhattan that dates back to Mr. Josephy’s purchase of 50 acres in Fairfield County in 1934. In addition to the apple orchard, they offer pick your own pumpkins and hayrides, as well as sales of bakery products, apple cider and cider donuts.
Location: 125 Plumtrees Rd., Bethel Connecticut 06801

Castle Hill Farm – Newtown, CT
A recreational farm with four acres of pumpkins, seven acre cornfield maze and hayrides owned and operated by the Paproski family.
Location: 25 Sugar Lane, Newtown CT 06470

Barden Farm – New Hartford, CT
A third generation family owned farm that has pick your own pumpkins, hay rides, baby animals and bakery items in the fall. Stay up to date with what is happening on the farm via Facebook.
Location: 45 Burgoyne Heights, New Hartford, CT 06057

Scantic Valley Farm – Somers, CT
A family owned farm that has pick your own pumpkins, hay rides and an eight acre corn maze with three miles of trails. Learn more about what’s happening on the farm this fall at Facebook.
Location: 327 Ninth District Rd, Somers, Connecticut 06071

Karabin Farms – Southington, Connecticut – virus detected on website 9/27/2014

Eddy Farm – Newington, Connecticut
The farm was started by the purchase of the land by Captain Martin Kellogg in the late 18th Century. The farm is now being run by husband and wife team Andy Billipp and Haley Fox. They had to cancel the pick your own pumpkins in 2012 due to weather, but we’re hopeful that they’ll have better luck this year.
Location: 277 Cedar St, Newington, CT 06111

March Farm – Bethlehem, Connecticut
A third generation family farm in Litchfield County that was started by Thomas and Rose Marchukaitis with 114 acres. They offer pick your own apples and pumpkins in the fall, as well as weekend hayrides, corn field mazes, playscape and animal yard.
Location: 160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT 06751

Horse Listeners Orchard – Ashford, Connecticut
A 153 acre orchard that has been operating for forty years but recently came under the ownership of Matt Couzens, Sr. In addition to pick your own apples, they also offer pumpkins for sale.
Location: 317 Bebbington Road, Ashford CT 06278

Devon Point Farm – Woodstock, Connecticut
A farm built by Erick and Patty Taylor that has a pumpkin patch open weekends from mid-September to the end of October.
Location: 54 Joy Road, Woodstock, CT 06281

Creamery Brook Bison Farm – Brooklyn, Connecticut
On select days in October, they offer a pumpkin tour which includes covered wagon ride past the bison, pumpkin from the patch, and pumpkin decorating supplies.
Location: 19 Purvis Road, Brooklyn CT 06234

Rose Orchards – North Branford, Connecticut
They offer a variety of fall activities including pumpkin picking, apple picking, scenic wagon ride, hay maze and corn maze.
Location: 33 Branford Rd, North Branford, CT 06471

Halfinger Farms – Higganum, Connecticut
A connecticut flower and pumpkin farm offering pick your own pumpkins and corn maze, hay wagon ride and children’s play area.
Location: 489 Candlewood Hill Rd., Higganum, CT 06441

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.

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. 

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