Pumpkin Patches in Delaware
Find pumpkin picking near Wilmington or Dover on our list of Delaware pumpkin patches.
Fifer Orchards – Wyoming
Started in 1919 with Charles Frederick Fifer, 3rd and 4th generations of the Fifer family now work the farm. Enjoy U-pick pumpkins from the patch from September 15th to October 31st when the country store is open. There’s also apple picking in the fall. Learn more about Fifer Orchards on Facebook or Twitter.
Location: 1919 Allabands Mill Road, Camden – Wyoming, DE 19934
Loblolly Acres – Woodside
A three generation family farm started by Gooden and Barbara Warren in 1964 that is located seven miles south of Dover. Enjoy the patch as well as scenic hayrides, corn maze, straw maze, petting zoo, play area, face painting, giant slide and more!
Location: 3893 Turkey Point Rd, Viola, DE 19979-1354
Ramsey’s Farm – Wilmington, Delaware
The 12 acre pumpkin patch of Stewart Ramsey has been operating since 1995. There’s also hayrides to the patch, pumpkin painting on weekends and an 8 acre corn maze. Learn more about what’s happening this fall on their Facebook page.
Location: Ramsey Road, Wilmington, DE 19803 (you’ll see the gate and banners after 500 Ramsey Rd)
Don’s Tree Farm – Greenwood
This Christmas tree farm started by Don and Peggy Hallowell in Spetember 2008 twenty minutes south of Dover has u-pick pumpkins growing 15 types of pumpkins in the fall. There’s also tractor hay rides offering tours of the property.
Location: 6396 Hickman Road, Greenwood, DE 19950
Mr. Pepper’s Pumpkin Patch – Laurel
Pick your own pumpkins from the U-Pick patch. Also enjoy weekend hayrides and 2 acre jungle maze.
Location: 13500 Laurel Road, Laurel, DE 19956
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.