New Mexico Pumpkin Patch
Locate farms for pumpkin picking near Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Carlsbad and Las Cruces on our list of New Mexico pumpkin patches. It seems there is a farm near all four corners of New Mexico. Some are closer to Santa Fe, Amarillo, than to the center of the state. Some like Wagners and Maize Maze offer a full entertainment and haunted Halloween experience.
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Wagner’s Farmland Experience – Corrales, NM. The Wagner family has been farming in Corrales for over a 100 years. Wagner’s offers a pumpkin patch, hayrides, two corn mazes, and petting zoo. Note: Cash or checks only! They even have a night maze. They are located at 6445 Corrales Road, Corrales, NM 87048. It is a 17 mile drive north of Albuquerque.
Maize Maze – Albuquerque, NM. Operated by Rio Grande Community Farm it features weekend corn maze fun in October. At night the Blackout Theatre Company presents a haunting experience in the maze called Quarantine Collapse. The address is 1701 Montano Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107.
Costanza Apple Orchard – Belen, NM. Enjoy pick your own apples and pumpkin this fall. The address is 5 Padilla Rd., Belen, NM. It is about 36 miles south of Albuquerque.
McCall’s Pumpkin Patch – Moriarty, NM. Pick your own pumpkins at McCall’s, located less than an hour from Albuquerque or Santa Fe. Enjoy a hayride to the field, get lost in the 16 acre corn maze, race pedal karts, go gem mining and more! Learn more about what’s happening this fall here on their Facebook page. They are located at 2 McCall Lane, Moriarty, NM (Exit 196 off I-40). It is about 34 miles east of Albuquerque.
Mesilla Valley Maze – Las Cruces, NM. The 2000 acre farm of Steve and Anna Lyles that they began in 1985 with 35 acres. Open to the public on weekends in October for pumpkins, corn maze and hayrides. Also enjoy the Pumpkin Festival and Pecan Festival in October with Rib Cookoff and Kids Rodeo. It is located at 3855 W. Picacho, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005. It is about 5 miles from Las Cruces.
La Union Maze – La Union, NM. Take a tractor pulled wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, pick out your pumpkin, navigate the corn maze, ride the cow train, and race ducks or pedal cars this fall. Location: 1101 South Highway 28, La Union, New Mexico 88021. It sits between Las Cruces, NM. and Las Cruces, TX.
Other New Mexico Locations
Sutherland Farms – Aztec, NM. Alice & D’rese Sutherland have been farming in New Mexico for 35+ years. Visit their Aztec farm for pumpkin picking, corn maze, duck races and more fall fun. Get the latest scoop about what’s happening on the farm on Facebook. Their Pumpkin Festival runs weekends in October. They have a number of festivals, dinners, and events in the fall. Location: 745 CR 2900, Aztec, New Mexico 87410. It is about 185 miles north of Albuquerque.
Davis Farms Pumpkin Patch – Clovis, NM. Take a hayride to the pumpkin field to pick your own pumpkin, climb pumpkin mountain and photograph your kids in the sea of pumpkins. Also get lost in the corn maze! They opened their pumpkin patch to the public in 2009 due to community demand after growing pumpkins commercially for more than 20 years. Location: 1615 County Road N, Clovis NM. It is about 220 miles east of Albuquerque.
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.
This list unfortunately isn’t complete. We are still looking for more in New Mexico to add.