Utah Pumpkin Patches
Find pick your own pumpkin farms near Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Provo on our list of Utah pumpkin patches. Many have corn mazes, bonfires, hayrides, and family fun as part of their entertainment package.
Salt Lake City
Black Island Farms – Syracuse, UT. A working 300 acre vegetable farm in Davis County run by the same family for more than 50 years. Open mid-September through October 31st for Fall. Take a trip to the pumpkin field with a hayride. Visit Nightmare Acres and the Haunted Barn for a scary evening. Also enjoy the Cornfield Maze, animal alley, pig races, cow train, bonfires, corn box, bounce house. Learn more via Facebook. It is located at 3178 S. 3000 W, Syracuse, UT 84075. It is located about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City.
Wheeler Historic Farm – Salt Lake City, Utah. An agricultural living history museum and outdoor recreation are operated by Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation that was founded in 1887 by Henry Wheeler Sr. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay maze and wagon ride. They also hold a Scarecrow festival and contest in October. Their pumpkin patch is generally open from late September through October 31st. Learn more on their Facebook page. The park is open every day of the year. It is located at 6351 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, Utah 84121.
Pack Farms – Farmington, UT. Darryl Pack started farming with his family in Davis County about 1950. They’ve been selling pumpkins to local grocery stores for years, but demand caused them to open their farm ten years ago so you can pick your pumpkin from the field. Also enjoy the hay maze and scarecrow picture gallery. They are located at 1700 West Glovers Lane, Farmington, Utah. They are 19 miles north of Salt Lake City.
Petersen Family Farm - Riverton, UT. Local attraction featuring pick your own pumpkins starting in late September. They also have a harvest festival in October with free admission, a live band, free hot dogs, petting zoo, corn maze, and fee paid concessions, tractor rides, apple sling shot, and lots of fresh apples, pears, and pumpkins. The address is 11887 South 4000 West, Riverton, UT 84096. They are 21 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Pumpkin Point Farms - Riverton, UT. Local pumpkin patch and children’s corn maze with antique tractors and hayrides. They are open Monday, Friday, and Saturday. The address is 11900 South 3600 West, Riverton, UT. Also located about 21 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Schmidt’s Farm – West Jordan, Utah. They grow a ridiculous amount of pumpkins here – around 500 tons some years. Visiting their farm has become a fall tradition for many families. Learn more about the farm via Facebook. Nearby is the Crazy Corn Maze for some haunted fall fun. The farm address is 9000 South, West Jordan, Utah 84088. They are about 21 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.
Mabey Farms – South Jordan, UT. A popular local attraction for pumpkins. They open in late September through October for pick your own pumpkins. Their location is 10090 South 1000 West, South Jordan, UT 84085. This is just 16 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Day Farms – Layton, UT. A twenty year old family farm operated by Bill Day and sons that offers hayrides and pumpkin picking. They are generally open Monday through Saturdays. The address is 2500 W Gentile, Layton UT 84041. It is just 15 miles south of Ogden.
Little Bear Bottoms - Wellsville, Utah. They feature a pumpkin patch, corn maze, haunted river trail, and spooky barn ride. The address is 5000 U.S. 91, Wellsville, UT. They are located 39 miles northeast of Ogden.
Paradise Valley Orchard - Paradise, UT. Popular local orchard with lots of apple types. Also in season they feature their pick your own pumpkin patch. The location is 9971 S Highway 165, Paradise, UT. The are about 50 miles north of Ogden.
Judd Pumpkin Patch - Paragonah, UT. They feature a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, and wagon rides starting the last weekend in September. They are located at 314 E. 270 N., Paragonah, Utah.
Hee Haw Farms - Pleasant Grove, UT. A popular farm attraction featuring Spring, Summer, and Fall activities including their pumpkin patch and Giant Pumpkin Drop event every October. Activities include pick your own pumpkins, birthday parties, paintball, a corn maze, haunted hayride, farmer’s market, corn cannon, and giant slide. The address is 4648 N. County Blvd., Pleasant Grove, UT 84062. This is just 12 miles north of Provo.
McCoard’s Mystery Corn Maze - Provo, UT. The address is 384 S 3110 W, Provo, Utah. They have a pumpkin patch but their two big attractions are their Mystery Corn Maze and Zombie Paintball Patrol.
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 Utah to add.