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 autumn day and find just the right pumpkin to decorate with your child. Don't forget to roast and enjoy the seeds! For even more fall fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide.
Scott’s Orchard and Nursery—Glastonbury
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
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
Enjoy hayrides, a 2-acre corn maze, a huge pumpkin bounce house, a petting zoo, and fresh cider and ice cream. Open in September and October.
Karabin Farms —Southington
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
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
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.
Johnny’s Roadside Market Garden—Enfield
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.
This small farm in Avon offers frequent and short hay rides to the nearby pumpkin patch, making it ideal especially 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.
A full menu of fall amusement awaits -- hay rides, pony rides, corn mazes, and face painting on weekends from Columbus Day until late October. It is also open daily just for pumpkin picking. Admission includes corn maze, hayrides, petting zoo, and hay maze.
Happy picking, decorating, and eating!
Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of Wagner Photography via Brown's Harvest Farm
Originally published October 8, 2012.