Pumpkin Patches Around Boston
Signs of Halloween are cropping up everywhere, and it’s time to start thinking about visiting pumpkin patches in the Boston area. This year, you may be seeing a lot of gourds being offered, since unexpected early summer rains can affect pumpkin crops. So, cutting your own perfect pumpkin in a pumpkin field, or picking your own from the pumpkin patch, is even more special. You'll find a perfect jack-o'-lantern-to-be at one of these Massachusetts pumpkin patches, and while there, you can take part in some fun family activities, like apple picking, corn mazes, and hayrides.
Note: Due to COVID-19, some PYO farms and pumpkin patches may require masking and social distancing. Check with the location before heading out.
1. Carver Hill Orchard—Stow
After filling their bags with apples, kids can pick out the perfect pumpkin. Visit the farm store for crafts, decorations, fresh cider, chicken pies, fudge, peanut brittle, and cookies. A stop at the stand outside for hot cider and donuts is absolutely essential.
2. Connors Farm—Danvers
Connors not only has pumpkins but a major corn maze, play area, bouncy pillow, and train rides! Picking starts in late September. No outside food is allowed on the farm, but there are tons of delicious stands including BBQ, cider donuts, and s'mores.
3. Crescent Farms—Bradford
From orange to white, Jack Be Little to Big Max, Crescent has plenty of beauties to pick from in its rolling pumpkin patch. A wagon takes you to the patch, featuring great views of the 400-acre farm. There's ice cream, a kid-friendly corn maze, and more scenic hayrides available on weekends.
4. Hansons Farm—Framingham
This century-old family farm offers pumpkin picking through November, and specializes in fat, gorgeous pumpkins. There's a little corn maze to enjoy by day and a haunted hayride on Friday and Saturday evenings to add to the fun.
5. Nihtila Farm—Holbrook
Nostalgic for the simple PYO operations more common when you were a kid? This sweet little family farm allows you to pick your pumpkins from the vine, starting in September and offers hayrides Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through the end of October.
There are so many colors, shapes, and sizes of pumpkins to pull from this huge pumpkin patch in Tyngsboro. Photo courtesy of Parlee Farms
6. Parlee Farms—Tyngsboro
Parlee Farms is harvesting 11 acres of pumpkins in 2021 and is already lining them up in all their glory in an expansive on-site pumpkin patch. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., weather permitting. On Saturdays and Sundays, pick up their 27-minute roasted corn, cut your own flowers, visit 20 baby goats born in June, get some treats, and pick your own apples, too.
7. Pickard Farm—Littleton
A half-hour from Boston and less than a mile from Kimball Farm ice cream and Witch's Woods, a stop at Pickard to pick-your-own pumpkin right off the vine rounds out a pretty perfect fall day. Pluck some butternut squash for dinner and corn stalks for decorating, too. Weekend pumpkin picking begins September 25.
8. Shelburne Farm—Stow
Shelburne Farm offers pumpkin picking daily; consult the website for updates. On weekends, Shelburne Farm offers hayrides, farm animals, and a playground perfect for young children.
9. Smolak Farm—North Andover
Choose your perfect pumpkin from the patch and spend the day enjoying an abundance of extras during Smolak's weekend festivals, with a hay wagon ride, hay maze, face painting, bouncy house, and other children's activities for one package price. Masks are required for age 2 and over.
There is so much to do after visiting this Ipswich pumpkin patch! Photo courtesy of Marini Farm
10. Marini Farm—Ipswich
Marini has a pumpkin patch for kids to explore and find the perfect jack-o'-lantern. But plan to spend the day because this farm also has a huge corn maze, bouncy houses, apple cannons, and more. Make sure to check the farm's calendar for special events in the fall, including a Hallow-Marini Party and Trick-or-Treat hayrides.
11. Tougas Family Farm—Northborough
Come for the pumpkin patch and apples and stay to play after. Tougas has a farm-themed playground and barnyard animals to visit with. Make sure to head inside to the Farm Kitchen for delicious baked goods, real fruit slushees, and more made from the farm's own fresh fruit.
12. Verrill Farm—Concord
This 4th-generation, 200-acre farm in Concord and Sudbury has thousands of pumpkins priced 3 for $30 or $12 each, no weighing, beginning September 25. You must make a free arrival reservation online to ensure your entrance for leisurely pumpkin picking is COVID-safe. Visit the pumpkin fields weekends through October. Verrill Farm is hosting a harvest festival with games and prizes, live music, animals, a la cart food, and more on October 2.
13. Ward's Berry Farm—Sharon
Beginning in September, Ward's offers PYO pumpkins along with hayrides, a sorghum maze, kids play areas, and farm animals. There's also sandwiches, ice cream, home-baked goods made from family recipes, and smoothies. Sit outside at numerous picnic areas and enjoy the farm views. Check the website for daily updates. Masks must be worn by everyone over age 2 while indoors.
14. Westward Orchards—Harvard
Wagon rides to Westward's pick-you-own pumpkin patch begin September 25 and run weekends only. The farm store offers fresh apple cider donuts and a healthy list of locally grown produce, and u-pick apples are also available.
Originally published September 2011
Updated September 2021