Pumpkin Patches in the Hartford Area
The farm fields are brimming with bright orange pumpkins just waiting to be picked and painted, carved, or baked into scrumptious desserts. Pumpkin picking is one of the most beloved fall activities and there is no shortage of patches in the greater Hartford area. Head out on a crisp fall day and find just the right pumpkin to decorate with your child. Don't forget to roast and enjoy the seeds!
There's a plethora of pumpkins—and decorative gourds—at Scott's. Photo courtesy of Scott's Orchard & Nursery
Scott’s Orchard and Nursery—Glastonbury
2020 update: Pumpkins are available to select in the farm stand this year.
During the Harvest Festival taking place in early October, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, explore the hay maze, and enjoy free apple and cider tastings. Kids can jump in the air-filled pumpkin, have their faces painted, and take home a free balloon. On other autumn days, pick your favorite pumpkin in the patch and choose the most colorful mums for your front porch.
Rose’s Berry Farm—South Glastonbury
2020 update: Pumpkins are available at 1200 Hebron Avenue location this year, starting September 26.
Jump on the tractor-pulled hayride that leads to their pumpkin patch. Also enjoy face painting, a corn maze, a live scarecrow, Halloween croquet, a children’s play area and slide, cider donuts from the snack shack, and live music. Open Saturdays and Sundays.
Riverview Farms —South Glastonbury
2020 update: Details about pumpkin availability was still pending at press time. There will be no pumpkin bounce house this year, but there will be hayrides, a corn maze, and other attractions, with capacity restrictions.
Enjoy hayrides, a 2-acre corn maze, a huge pumpkin bounce house, a petting zoo, and fresh cider and ice cream.
Karabin Farms —Southington
2020 update: Pumpkins are available in the farm stand. The barnyard is closed and there are no wagon rides this year.
Plenty of farm amusement for the family awaits, and the farm is pet friendly, so bring along your leashed dog. Kids will love the barnyard friends to visit, a tractor-pulled wagon ride, and delicious homemade snacks. PYO pumpkins begins mid September through late October.
Foster Farm—South Windsor
2020 update: Pumpkin picking begins September 26. There are no hayrides or corn maze this year.
This destination is a can’t miss for a family fall day trip, with pumpkin picking, corn mazes, animals, a concession stand, hay rides, and more. A favorite for the kids is the farm play-yard where they can jump and hide in haystacks, play on the wooden train, enjoy the sandbox, ride the pedal cart track, and climb the wooden pirate ship.
Brown’s Harvest —Windsor
2020 update: Pumpkins are available in the market this year. The corn maze is open starting September 19 and hayrides are available starting September 26.
Open daily with fields full of pumpkins, corn mazes, cornstalks, and fall decorations. Explore the antique fire truck, play area, and mini-corn maze, snack on apple cider donuts and, on weekends, enjoy additional activities, including hay rides and face painting. The Flashlight Maze is open in late October.
Pumpkins are available in the market this year at Brown's. Photo courtesy of Brown's Harvest
Johnny’s Roadside Market Garden—Enfield
2020 update: Pumpkins are available to select in the market, not the field, this year.
For some more pick your own pumpkin fun north of Hartford, head to Johnny's where you can enjoy hay rides on weekends, a Patch Playground, a retail “fall décor” barn, picnic tables, refreshments, and a corn maze.
2020 update: Pickin' Patch's fields are open for u-pick pumpkins starting September 26, and it's asking people to bring their own wagons, if desired, to the field.
This small farm in Avon offers frequent and short hay rides to the nearby pumpkin patch, making it ideal for young children to pick the perfect pumpkin. Open on weekends beginning late September through end of October. There's also a farm stand with local produce and fall decorations.
Originally published October 8, 2012
Places featured in this article:
Rose's Berry Farm
Scott's Orchard and Nursery
Johnny's Roadside Market Garden