The fall wagon ride into pumpkin patches that are cultivated on family farms is a sacred tradition in Ohio. Some of my earliest memories as a child began in the pumpkin patch on the Tuller Fruit Farm that was once located on Sawmill Road in Columbus when the area was agricultural.
My brothers and I would peruse the many acres of options in the pumpkin patch carefully considering this important decision before pulling one from the vine that oftentimes was too heavy for our little arms to carry. The experience was always capped off by enjoying fresh squeezed apple cider and a bite into a just-made glazed donut also made on the farm. Tuller Fruit Farm has long been replaced by urban development, but that memory is rekindled every fall with the sight of pumpkin patches throughout Ohio.
I can almost smell the hint of dried leaves and hay accompanied by an aroma of cinnamon and spice when I close my eyes and remember those annual fall experiences. I’ve never grown out of the nostalgia, so even as an adult I pleasure in the wagon ride through the farm hills and chilled October air to a sprawling pumpkin patch waiting for families to make new and lasting fall memories.
Every region in Ohio has dozens of farms from which to pick pumpkins. Some sell them pre-picked for you and others still deliver the time-honored tradition of the wagon ride to the field for you to select your own. Most farms also host fall festivals with entertainment and activities like corn mazes so you can make a day out of your visit to select the perfect pumpkin.
Here are a few by region.
Pigeon Roost Farm
Fall is when Pigeon Roost Farm in Hebron shines with all things pumpkin. Most pumpkins are brought in from the field and displayed in a full array making it easy for young children to choose their favorite or stand by one bigger than they are for a picture. Pigeon Roost Farm hosts pumpkin festivals throughout October and has an entire Pumpkin Fun Center with a corn maze, play areas for kids, food and wagon rides.
Lynd Fruit Farm
The Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala has provided pumpkin patch memories for families for generations and is one of the best in Central Ohio. Pick some apples from the orchard while you are there and stock up on fresh produce and homemade salsa from the farm market on-site.
Hidden Creek Farms
Hop in the wagon for a hayride to the pumpkin patch at Hidden Creek Farms in Sunbury and spend an afternoon enjoying the fall festival activities that continue through the end of October. Kids can enjoy the corn cannon, farm animals, the great pumpkin slide and pumpkin decorating. Be sure to grab a cup of fresh hot apple cider while you are there.
Circle S Farms
One of the most well-known family farms in Central Ohio is Circle S Farms in Grove City, where every day in October is a fall fun day. Circle S Farms does pumpkin picking the old-fashioned way with a hayride to the field to select your perfect pumpkin, capped off with activities on the farm including a corn maze and fresh cider and donuts in the market.
Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm
It is easy to get lost in the moment and on the 50 acres of pumpkin fields at Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm in Delaware. Plan on spending the day at the farm to enjoy the dozens of other activities like a corn maze, farm animals and kid’s activities like small train rides and barnyard golf.
It is worth a drive to Derthicks Farm in Mantua, Ohio as much for the elaborate corn maze as for the pumpkins. The corn maze is created with a new theme each year and can only truly be appreciated from an aerial view. A visit here is special because it brings the farm experience to life with pigs, horses and other farm animals in addition to the fall activities for families. A visit to the pumpkin patch via wagon ride is a special memory and you can cap off a full day of fall fun with an evening by the bonfire on the farm.
Maize Valley Farm
A trip to Maize Valley Farm in Hartville, Ohio is for those looking for a little something extra to go with their pumpkin patch adventure. After your wagon ride to the field, plan some time to enjoy the winery, craft brewery and fresh produce at the market on the farm.
The fall harvest is when Nickajack Farms in North Lawrence, Ohio showcases its 500 acres of farmland. The working farm is a favorite in northeast Ohio because of its spectacular fall presentation. In addition to the pumpkin patch that you can walk to or ride the train, the farm has festivals, local history lectures, farm animals, pumpkin bowling and the Farmers Café with a delicious menu.
Red Wagon Farm
Pumpkin picking at Red Wagon Farm in Columbia Station, Ohio is unique because instead of charging per pound, per pumpkin they have an all-you-can-carry for $10 pumpkin price. The farm has been around for more than half a century so they know how to do fall right in Ohio. The fall festival weekends include pumpkins, hayrides, a corn maze and plenty of seasonal gourds and other produce for sale.
While Leaders Farms in Napoleon claims to have had the first corn maze in Ohio, their pumpkin patch and fall festivals also reign supreme in the northwest part of the state. The patch has pumpkins ready for the perfect jack-o-lantern and even mini pumpkins for those who do not have much space at home. The farm hosts fall activities like a corn maze and a popular pumpkin cannon. Look out below!
Lincoln Ridge Farms
When harvest season rolls around things get exciting at Lincoln Ridge Farms in Convoy, Ohio. For more than 30 years the wagons at the farm have hauled families out to the fields for fresh-from-the-vine pumpkins. They also have a unique selection of gourds and squash that are as enjoyable to shoot photos of as they are delicious with a fall meal.
Johnston Fruit Farms
Whether you want to set out to personally pick your own huge pumpkin or just see some larger than normal pumpkins, Johnston Fruit Farms in Swanton has them all. The family-run farm caters to the fall experience of pumpkin picking, eating pumpkin pie and finding unique fall decorations like Indian corn and squash.
The Furry Tail Farm
Spend a day on the farmstead at The Furry Tail Farm in Waynesfield, Ohio and take your time selecting a pumpkin from the field or just enjoy the scenery from the wagon ride. The farm offers other fun activities like a goat walk, gem mining, farm animals and a haunted corn maze to add to the fall celebrations.
Libby’s Pumpkin Patch
Libby’s Pumpkin Patch is unique because the farm prides itself on using only natural growing practices. The three-acre pumpkin patch in Albany in Meigs County has a wide variety of pumpkins from the mini decorative kind to the large 30-pound carving variety. Libby’s has some creative fall elements on the farm like hay bale figures decorated like animals and cartoon characters, pumpkin carving stations and homemade pumpkin ice cream.
A visit to Way Farms in Waverly is an authentic farm experience where you can get an education about the importance of knowing where your food comes from along with your trip to the field to pick a pumpkin. The family-owned farm takes extra care to make visitors looking for a great fall harvest experience walk away with an appreciation for the farming industry. During your visit, pick up a jar of raw honey straight from the beehives.
Knapp Family Farm
The Knapp Family Farm is small farm located in Franklin Furnace, Ohio is a charming way to pick a fall pumpkin and support the local farmers in the state. Take a walk on the farmstead and fill a basket with fancy gourds for fall decorating.
Head out to the field at McMonigle Farms in Middletown where rows of large pumpkins await you. The farm caters to the fall excitement with a pumpkin fest that includes hayrides, a straw maze, farm animals and an array of homemade treats using seasonal ingredients. This farm specifically caters to families with young children with family-friendly activities.
Burger Farm & Garden Center
One of the most popular farms for pumpkins in southwest Ohio is Burger Farm & Garden Center. It hosts large farm festivals on October weekends and is one-stop shopping for both picking pumpkins, fall activities and shopping for things like mums and corn stalks to take home. Take the hayride to the pumpkin patch or select from the pre-picked pumpkins so that you have more time to enjoy the zip-lines, farm animals and barnyard games on-site.
Blooms & Berries Farm Market
Known for their U-pick blueberries in the summer, the Blooms & Berries Farm Market in Loveland, Ohio kicks things up a notch in fall too. The farm wants families to make a full day out of picking pumpkins so after you take your hayride trip to the field you can stick around and enjoy the cow train, an elaborate 7-acre corn maze or the mini maze for kids plus fall food at the farm market.
Iron’s Fruit Farm
The wagons to the pumpkin patch at Iron’s Fruit Farm are almost as frequent as city buses on a schedule. You ride out to the patch and spend as long as you need then just climb aboard the next wagon that comes by to return to the main farm. It’s an old-fashioned farm experience on this fourth-generation farm in Lebanon, Ohio. The wagon rides are free and pumpkins are sold by the pound. After your excursion in the field, take a rest to enjoy apple cider and a bite of an apple fritter or cinnamon-cider donuts.
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