Pumpkin Patches in Louisiana
Find pumpkin patches near New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles on our list of Louisiana pumpkin patches.
Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin and Strawberry Patch – Albany, Louisiana. Enjoy an afternoon in this four acre pre-picked pumpkin patch with face painting, pumpkin painting (weekends), story telling, zip line, hay maze, pedal tractors, horse shoes and giant jumping pillow. Their address is 11215 Lee’s Lane, Hammond, La. 70401. It is about 42 miles east of Baton Rouge. A popular place with over 17,000 Facebook likes.
CM Farms LLC – Reeves, Louisiana. This corn maze has pre-picked pumpkins as well as a ten acre corn maze, pig races, wagon rides, corn cannon and paintball shooting gallery ride from October 3rd to November 28th, 2015. Their address is 252 CM Farms Rd., Dry Creek, LA 70637. It is about 48 miles north of Lake Charles, LA.
PaPa Simpson’s Farm – Arcadia, LA. Every Saturday in October enjoy their pumpkin patch and fall activities. Their address is 961 Rich Road, Arcadia, LA 71001. It is about 56 miles east of Shreveport.
Curry Farms - Start, LA. This farm has a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and fall activities including sleighler rides, duck races, tractors, goat walk, bounce pillow and more. Their address is 548 Robinson Drive, Start, LA. It is about
Anderson Farms - Leesville, LA. Enjoy their hayrides, pumpkin patch, and more this fall. Open daily in October. Their address is 400 Slagle Rd., Leesville, LA.
Steele’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze – Angie, LA. They open the last weekend in September. They feature pumpkin, a corn maze, petting zoo, hay ride, concessions and kids activities. they are open until November 1st. Their address is 56459 Dollar Road, Angie, LA 70426. It is about 85 miles north of New Orleans.
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.