Funtober Pumpkin Patches

Minnesota Pumpkin Patches

Locate farms with pumpkins Minneapolis, St. Paul, Saint Cloud and Rochester on our list of Minnesota pumpkin patches.  Many have corn mazes, hayrides, live animals, and farm activities as they turn themselves into agritainment complexes.  Most are open in October.

Farms With Pumpkins 2015

Minneapolis – St. Paul

Sever’s Corn Maze – Chaska, MN & Shakopee, MN.  Three pick your own pumpkin patches, including one at the Sever’s corn maze. After you are done with the cornfield and fall farm activities, go pumpkin picking!  Their main location is at 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, MN 55379.  It is about 25 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis.  Their other locations are at 7410 Hwy 212 E., Chaska, MN. and  Hundertmark Rd. and Pioneer Trail, Chaska, MN.  All are in the Minneapolis area.

Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch – Wyoming, MN.  Pick your own pumpkins for $4 per pumpkin from their 40 acre field daily from late September through Halloween. They also sell prepicked pumpkins with some huge ones, though size and quantity vary each season. Hayrides are offered by reservation for $7 each. Two corn pits and an amusement area for kids. Face painting and concessions available on weekends. Cash and checks only. Find out what’s happening this fall at Lendt’s via Facebook.  Their address is 6903 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, Minnesota 55092.  It is located about 34 miles north of downtown Minneapolis.

Pinehaven Farm – Wyoming, MN.  A family owned and operated half century farm thirty minutes from the Twin Cities that opened to the public for agritainment in 1996. They plant 20 acres of pumpkins and other harvest produce. Enjoy the pumpkin picking and harvest festival this fall, and then stay for the haunted attractions. General admission is $5.95 to $7.95 per person. Trolley hay ride, pumpkin cannon, mini train ride, giant slide, farm antiques and trike track. Don’t forget to make a stop at Becky’s Sweets and Treats Shop. Special events include magic show and kid’s Halloween party. The Dead End Hayride includes haunted hayride, haunted trail and haunted cornfield. General admission to these activities is $14-19 per person.  They are located at 28186 Kettle River Blvd, Wyoming, MN 55092.  It is about 34 miles north of Minneapolis.

Peter’s Pumpkins – Shakopee, MN.  A fruit and vegetable farm that lets you pick your pumpkins daily in October. Free hay rides and face painting on weekends. They do not take credit cards.  Their location is at 12860 Old Brickyard Road, Shakopee, MN 55379.  It is about 29 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

Afton Apple Orchard – Hastings, MN.  Pick your own apples, pumpkins, and raspberries this fall.  They are open from Thursdays through Saturdays.  The address is 14421 South 90th Street, Hastings, MN 55033.  It is about 32 miles east of downtown Minneapolis.

Anoka Country Farms – Ham Lake, MN.  Plan a visit to the farm for pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides, a field trip and more fall fun.  Their address is 125 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake, MN.  It is about 25 miles north of Minneapolis.

Eveland Family Farm – Andover, MN.  They feature pumpkins, a picnic shelter, pond, hayride, and live animals.  Their address is 2575 Andover Blvd., Andover, MN 55304.  It is about 25 miles north of downtown Minneapolis.

Waldoch Farm – Lino Lakes, MN.  A family farm with a pumpkin patch and corn maze located just 20 miles north of Minneapolis.  They feature hay rides, mums, corn stalks, and more.  The address is 8174 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes, MN 55014. 

Exotic Pumpkins – Andover, MN.  Lots of pumpkins at 2632 176th Ave, NW, Andover, MN 55304.  It is about 26 miles north of Minneapolis.

Dehn’s Pumpkins – Dayton, MN.  This farm features a corn maze and pumpkin patch.  The address is 17270 125th Ave N, Dayton, MN.  It is about 22 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Berry Hill Farm – Anoka, MN.  Lots of fall fun on this 100 acre farm filled with strawberries and pumpkins.  They are open weekends in October.  Their address is 6510 185th Avenue NW, Anoka, MN 55303.  It is about 35 miles north of Minneapolis.

Nelson’s Apple Farm – Webster, MN.  Known for great apples, apple pies, a gift shop, pumpkins, and a corn maze.  The address is 3010 Douglas Ave., Webster, MN.  It is about 34 miles south of Minneapolis.

Knapton’s Raspberries, Pumpkins & Orchard.   Greenfield, MN.  As you might guess they have lots of pumpkins.  Their address is 6295 State Highway 55, Greenfield, MN 55373.  It is about 23 miles west of Minneapolis.

Deardorff Orchards – Waconia, MN.  They feature lots of apples and pumpkins.  One of the best apple picking farms in the country with hot cider, wagon rides, farm animals, kid’s haystack, and apple barn.  The address is 8282 Parley Lake Road, Waconia, MN.  It is about 30 miles west of downtown Minneapolis.

Schiltgen Farms  – Afton, MN.  They start picking pumpkins the second weekend in September.  Lots of varieties and some beautiful white, orange, and pink colors.  The address is Manning Ave S at 30th Street, Afton, MN.  It is about 29 miles east of downtown Minneapolis.

Tom’s Pumpkin Farm – Lindstrom, MN.  This pumpkin farm, run by Tom and Teresa Rongitsch, lets you PYO pumpkins from their 15 acre field. There’s also a corn maze, face painting and farm market.  They are open everyday from the last weekend in September through October 31st.  On Friday and Saturday night they also have a spooky haunted Minecraft Theme Corn Maze.  It is located at 15281 Panola Drive, Lindstrom, MN 55045.  It is about 42 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

Pleasant Valley Orchard – Shafer, Minnesota.  A family owned orchard run by Jim Birkholz and Judy Erickson, as well as their children. Take a hayride to the patch on weekends in October and go pumpkin picking. Or choose your pumpkin from their pumpkin pile and pick apples instead. Other activities include farm animals, nature trail, picnic area and kid’s corral. Bakery and Gift Shop have caramel apples, apple pie and other items. The farm is open daily starting Labor Day weekend. The Orchard overlooks St. Croix Valley.  Their address is 17325 Pleasant Valley Road, Shafer, Minnesota 55074.  It is about 45 miles northeast of downtown Minneapolis.

Emma Krumbee’s Orchard, Farm, Restaurant – Belle Plaine, MN.  This popular orchard features their Scarecrow Festival every day from the first weekend in September through around October 26th.  They have pick your own raspberries, apples, and pumpkins.  Activities include crafts, farm animals, hay stack, tractor rides, pirate ship, live music and dancing, plus pony rides.  Don’t miss the farm food at their restaurant.  The address is 351 Enterprise Dr. E, Belle Plaine, MN.  It is about 44 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

Barten Pumpkins – New Prague, MN.  A farm with thousands of pumpkins and family games that is open daily from around September 19th through October 31st.  Their address is 5716 West 280th Street, New Prague, MN 56071.  It is about 44 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

Thorn Crest Farms – Dundas, MN.  A membership farm with 19 acres that grows without using herbicides.  In the fall they feature a Fall Harvest Festival on weekends from the last weekend in September through late October.  The address is 11822 Cabot Ave., Dundas, MN 55019.  It is about 43 miles south of downtown Minneapolis.

Bridgewater Produce Farm – Northfield, MN.  Fall festival on weekends starting the last weekend in September with pick your own pumpkins and hay rides. There are also petting zoo, courtyard mazes and corn box. The Larsen family has been growing fresh fruits and vegetables for more than 50 years.  Their address is 4706 East Lonsdale Blvd, Northfield, MN 55057.  It is about 45 miles south of Minneapolis.

Apple Jack Orchards – Delano, MN.  Pumpkin picking, corn maze and more located 30 minutes west of Minneapolis. Tractor pulled wagon rides tour the Orchard for $2 per ride. Seven acre cornfield maze is $4 per person with children 4 and under free. Animal park has farm animals like goats, pigs and chickens. Pony rides available for kids on weekends for $4 a ride through the woods trail. Cow train, corn pit, apple cannon and face painting also available. Kid’s play area includes haystack with slides, climbing tires, mini maze and more. Purchase items to take home at the Bakery, Apple Market and Gift Shop. Special events include Opening Weekend, Grandparents Weekend, Honeycrisp Fest, Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, Corn Fest and Pumpkin Palooza.  Their address is 4875 37th Street SE, Delano, MN 55328. 

Wheel Fun Rentals – St. Paul, MN
We will be open Saturdays and Sundays from September 26th to October 31st. Our address is 1360 North Lexington Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55117. We will be offering pumpkins, a bounce house, bike and surrey rentals, mini golf, games and concessions.

Southern Minnesota

Tweite’s – Byron, MN.  This family farm run by Tom and Colleen Tweite has been operating for more than 25 years. Stroll through the patch with a wheelbarrow to haul home your pumpkins this fall. There’s also a 12 acre corn maze and other farm activities. Find out what’s happening there recently via their Facebook page.  The address is 1821 Frontier Road SW, Byron, Minnesota 55920.  It is about 30 miles east of Owatonna, MN.

Oak View Nursery Pumpkin Patch – Owatonna, MN.  Lots of fun activities in the fall including their pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay ride, mini golf, giant slide and more.  The farm is open April through October.  The address is 7921 S Country Road 45, Owatonna, MN 55060.  It is about 7 miles south of Owatonna.

Grandma’s Little Acres – Saint Peter, MN.  Known for pumpkin picking and hayrides.  Their address is 35907 County Road 15, Saint Peter, MN.  It is about 55 miles west of Owatonna.

Red Barn Learning Farm – Hayfield, MN.  Lots of pumpkins starting every weekend from late September through October.  The address is 27251 State Highway 30, Hayfield, MN.  It is about 29 miles southeast of Owatonna.

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch – Austin, MN.  Come for the pumpkins and stay for the fun.  Over 30 varieties grown on 8 acres.  They are open from around September 19th through October 31st.  The address is 90537 273rd St., Austin, MN 55912.  It is about 35 miles south of Owatonna.

Sekapp Orchard – Rochester, MN.  Fresh pick your own at their Pumpkinland.  The address is 3415 College View Road East, Rochester, MN 55904.  It is located about 3 miles east of Rochester.

Poppe Pumpkin Patch – Lakefield, MN.  Sadly they have closed.

Fargo, North Dakota Area

Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch – Glyndon, MN.  Offering pumpkins to the Fargo-Moorhead area for more than ten years. Go pumpkin picking in their patch on weekends this fall. Horse drawn wagon rides pulled by their team of Percheron horses through the Not So Scary Forest. Petting zoo animal barn has pot belly pigs, goats, lambs and other animals. Also enjoy the straw maze, trike track, chalk house, barrel car rides and game area. Gate fee is $4 per person with children one year old and under free. Tickets are required for some attractions.  Their location is 14447 Hwy. 10, Glyndon, MN 56547.  It is about 14 miles east of Fargo, ND.

Maple Hills Orchard – Frazee, MN.  They have pick your own apples, pumpkin, raspberries, and squash plus tractor rides, picnic areas, and Apple House Store.  The address is 29355 130th Street, Frazee, MN 56544.  It is about 50 miles east of Fargo, ND.

Probstfield Farm – Moorhead, MN.  Wonderful heritage and legacy on this family farm.  Enjoy their Old Trail Market, pick your own pumpkin patch, and wagon rides.  The address is 4626 Oakport St. N, Moorhead, MN.  It is about 2 miles east of Fargo.

More Minnesota Locations

Silver Brooks Corn Maze  – Wrenshall, MN.  Family owned farm since 2003 it features a corn maze, farm animals, bonfires, pony rides, hay rides, and pumpkins.  It opens the middle of September and is open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays through October 31st.  The address is 2272 Matten Road, Wrenshall, MN 55797.  It is about 25 miles southwest of Duluth, MN.

Engwalls Corn Maze  – Hermantown, MN.  They feature a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and Halloween attraction Field of Screams.  The address is 4749 Hermantown Rd., Hermantown, MN 55811.  It is about 7 miles west of Duluth.

Andersons Rock Creek Relics Corn Maze – Rush City, MN.  The farm features hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkins starting the last weekend in September.  It is about 1/2 mile north of Rush City and 58 miles north of Minneapolis.

Peaceful Pines Farm – Pine City, MN.  The pumpkin patch farm is located about 68 miles north of Minneapolis. 

Simek’s Farm – Kelsey, MN.  The farm runs Saturday and Sunday from September 19th through October.  It features a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay rides, farm animals, gift shop, and fresh produce.  The address is 8997 Arkola Road, Kelsey, MN.  It is about 40 miles northwest of Duluth.

Mr. Ed’s Farm – Hibbing, MN.  It features horses all year with a fall festival starting in the middle of September with a pumpkin patch, hay rides, pony rides, haybale maze, and more.  The address is 10796 Foss Road, Hibbing, MN.  It is about 75 miles northwest of Duluth.

Center Creek Orchard – Fairmont, MN.  The farm is open weekends in September and October.  It features their apple orchard, pumpkin patch, hayrides, fall festival, and special events.  The address is 663 254th Ave., Fairmont, MN 56031.  It is about 89 miles southwest of Owatonna.

Image of pumpkins at Pleasant Valley Orchards.

Pleasant Valley Orchard has a MN Pumpkin Patch. Image {scott Costello}

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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