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Pumpkin Patches in Idaho

Find pumpkin picking near Boise or Idaho Falls on our list of Idaho pumpkin patches.  Local farms have fall activities generally between the middle of September through October 31st.  Enjoy pumpkins, corn mazes, live animals, playgrounds, zip lines and so much more at many of these farms.

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Boise, Idaho

Linder Farms – Meridian, ID.  Stomp through Randy and Sherrie Feist’s 20 acre pumpkin patch and 15 acre corn maze this fall. Other activities include hayrides, straw bale maze, petting zoo, laser tag, rock climbing wall, zip line, pony rides, pumpkin slingshot, mechanical bull, barrel train rides, tractor tire playground, corn box, duck races and more!  They are open Monday through Saturday evening.  Also experience Zombie Acres their new paintball attraction or their Trail of Terror haunted trail.  Their address is 7165 S Linder Road, Meridian, ID 83642.  It is located about 14 miles southwest of Boise, Idaho.  Linder Farms is growing in popularity now with over 4,803 Facebook likes.

The Farmstead – Meridian, ID.  This is the original location of Brett Herbst’s corn maze from The MAiZE. It was purchased by Jim and Hillary Lowe in 2006, after Jim had worked for The MAiZE since 2000. Spend an afternoon or evening at the pumpkin festival for hayrides, u-pick pumpkins right off the vine, get lost in the corn maze and get frightened in the Field of Screams. Learn more about what’s going on there in the fall.  They are open Monday through Saturday.  The Farmstead home page has over 9,063 Facebook likes.  Their address is 1020 South Rackham Way, Meridian, ID 83642.  They are located just 8 miles west of Boise.

The Berry Ranch – Nampa, ID.  Fred Screffler began The Berry Ranch in 1992 after years in the seed research business. Hop a ride to the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins from the last Friday in September through October 31st.  They are located at 7998 U.S. 20, Nampa, ID 83687.  It is about 22 miles west of Boise.

U Pick Red Barn – Idaho Falls, ID.  Choose from over 20 varieties of pumpkins, ride the train from Upick Depot and explore the original barn from the 1930s. The patch is operated by cousins McNeil & Chase Walker.  Their address is 2726 Rollandet Street, Idaho Falls, ID 83402.  It is located in Eastern Idaho about 27 miles north of Blackfoot, ID.

Swore Farms – Pocatello, ID.  A corn maze and pumpkin patch on the farm of Mike and Wendy Swore, who have owned the farm for more than ten years. Get a ride to the pumpkin patch in a draft horse pulled haywagon and pick your own pumpkin from the 12 acre patch. Get your face painted, play farm games, toss an angry bird and sip cider.  Their address is RRt 2 Box 175, Pocatello, ID 83202.  It is about 16 miles south of Blackfoot, ID.

Cabalo’s Orchard – Kuna, ID.  A family run orchard by Chan and Cathy Cabalo that offers u-pick blackberries, apples and pumpkins from its ten acres of pesticide free tree fruit and vegetables. They are open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday or by appointment. Learn more about what’s happening at their orchard via Facebook.  They are located at 2087 W King Rd, Kuna, Idaho 83634.  It is about 20 miles southwest of Boise.

Quey’s Maze – Mountain Home, ID.  A family friendly corn maze with pumpkin patch and hayrides.  They are located at 48803 Hwy 78, Mountain Home Idaho, 83647 (electronic maps can be inaccurate so check their website for directions).  They are about 62 miles southeast of Bosie.

Thunder Mountain Pumpkin Liner – Horseshoe Bend, ID.  Depart from Horseshoe Bend Depot on a Thunder Mountain train in October for a scenic trip to the farm for your pumpkins.  They are located at 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend, Idaho 83629.  It is about 27 miles north of Bosie.

Other Idaho Farms

Tubb’s Berry Farm – Twin Falls, ID.  The pumpkin patch opens September 25, 2015. Head out to the herbicide and pesticide free patch and cut your pumpkin off the vine. Let your kids enjoy the straw maze and petting zoo, hayride, rubber duck raceway, corn bin and corn cannon while you enjoy the delicious products at the farm stand.  Their address is 1150 SouthPark Ave West, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301. 

Christensen Pumpkin Farm – Burley, ID.  Pick your own pumpkin patch that is always open (in season, we presume) and has lots of pumpkins!  Their address is 612 East 200 South, Burley, Idaho 83318.  It is about 50 miles east of Twin Falls.

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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