Funtober Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Patches in Connecticut

Locate pumpkin picking near Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury or Danbury on our list of Connecticut pumpkin patches.  Many also feature corn mazes, hay rides, live animals, pony rides, and kids activities. 

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Hartford, CT

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.  Their address is 90 Foster Street, South Windsor, CT 06074.  It is about 11 miles east of Hartford.

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.  Their address is 96 Kibbe Grove Road, Somers CT, 06071.  It is about 26 mile northeast of Hartford.

Brown’s Harvest - Windsor, CT.  Enjoy the pumpkin patch, corn maze, 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.  Their address is 1911 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor, Connecticut 06095.  It is located about 12 miles north of Hartford.

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.  Their address is 45 Burgoyne Heights, New Hartford, CT 06057.  It is about 20 miles west of Harford.

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.  They run a Breakfast-With-A-View on Sunday mornings in season.  Rose’s Berry Farm is popular with over 7,012 Facebook likes.    The address is 295 Matson Hill Rd., South Glastonbury, CT 06073.  It is about 12 miles southeast of Hartford.

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.  It has over 4,156 Facebook likes.  Their address is 327 Ninth District Rd, Somers, Connecticut 06071.  It is about 23 miles northeast of Hartford.

Karabin Farms - Southington, Connecticut.  Their address is 894 Andrews Street, Southington, CT.  It is about 17 miles southwest of Hartford.

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 a pumpkin patch, apple cider, and more.  Their address is 317 Bebbington Road, Ashford CT 06278.  It is about 33 miles east of Hartford.

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.  Their address is 54 Joy Road, Woodstock, CT 06281.  It is about 46 miles east of Hartford.

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 have pick your own pumpkin plus flowers and vegetables.  Their address is 277 Cedar St, Newington, CT 06111.  It is about 7 mile southeast of Hartford.

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.  The address is 489 Candlewood Hill Rd., Higganum, CT 06441.  It is about 26 miles south of Hartford.

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.  Their address is 33 Branford Rd, North Branford, CT 06471.  It is about 37 miles south of Hartford.

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.  It is about 46 miles east of Hartford.

Danbury, CT

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.  Their address is 120 Beardsley Road, Shelton, CT 06484.  It is located about 20 miles east of Danbury.

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.  Blue Jay Orchards has over 4,113 Facebook likes.  Their address is 125 Plumtrees Rd., Bethel Connecticut 06801.  It is about 14 miles east of Danbury.

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.  The address is 25 Sugar Lane, Newtown CT 06470.  It is about 11 miles east of Danbury.

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.  March Farm is popular with over 2,020 Facebook likes.  Their address is 160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT 06751.  It is about 30 miles northeast of Danbury.

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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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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