By Anietra Hamper
Posted On: Sep 24, 2020
Fall in Ohio always conjures up the same image: bonfires, apple cider, colorful leaves and - of course - pumpkins. The bright orange gourds are quintessential to the autumnal experience, and nothing tops hopping on a hay ride to find the perfect plant.
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 activities like corn mazes, so you can make a day out of your visit to select the perfect pumpkin.
There are lots of pumpkin patches throughout Ohio. Remember to check with individual farms on their schedule. Here are some pumpkin patches you can find in Ohio:
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. Pigeon Roost Farm also 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. Pick some apples and stock up on fresh produce and homemade salsa from the on-site farm market.
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 games. 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 40 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 barnyard golf.
More Central Ohio pumpkin spots to check out:
- Leeds Farm in Ostrander
- Lehner's Pumpkin Farm in Radnor
- Lohstroh Family Farms in Mt Sterling
- Morton Pumpkin Patch Farm Market in Circleville
- Rhoads Garden Center in Circleville
- Schacht Farm Market in Canal Winchester
- The Orchard & Company in Plain City
Derthicks Farm: It's worth a drive to Derthicks Farm in Mantua 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.
Maize Valley Farm: A trip to Maize Valley Farm in Hartville 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.
Nickajack Farms: The fall harvest is when Nickajack Farms in North Lawrence showcases its acres of farmland. The working farm is a favorite in northeast Ohio because of its spectacular fall presentation. In addition to the pumpkin patch, you can take a self guided tour and see farm animals.
Red Wagon Farm: You'll always remember Red Wagon Farm in Columbia Station for its unique way of charging for pumpkins. Instead of paying per-pound or per pumpkin, this farm has 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 in Ohio right. The fall festival weekends include pumpkins, wagon rides, corn maze and plenty of seasonal gourds and other produce for sale.
More Northeast Ohio pumpkin spots to check out:
- Arrowhead Orchard in Paris
- Hillcrest Orchards in Amherst
- Honey Haven Farm in Ashland
- Ramseyer Farms in Wooster
Leaders Farms: While Leaders Farms in Napoleon claims to have had the first corn maze in Ohio, their pumpkin patch 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 don't 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. 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 Flint corn and squash.
More Northwest Ohio pumpkin spots to check out:
Libby’s Pumpkin Patch: Libby’s Pumpkin Patch 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.
Way Farms: A visit to Way Farms in Waverly is an authentic farm experience where you can learn about the importance of knowing where your food comes from while on your trip to the field to pick a pumpkin. The family-owned farm takes extra care to make sure 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.
Porter's Pumpkin Patch: Grab all of your fall essentials at Porter's Pumpkin Patch this October. This Pomeroy farm sells everything you need to get into the holiday spirit, like pumpkins of all sizes, mums, Flint corn and fodder. Don't wear yourself out too much from all your shopping and be sure to check out the corn maze!
Knapp Family Farm: The Knapp Family Farm, a small farm located in Franklin Furnace, 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.
More Southeast Ohio pumpkin spots to check out:
- Sweetapple Farm in Vincent
McMonigle Farms: 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 Newton is Burger Farm & Garden Center. It hosts large farm festivals 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 kicks things up a notch in fall too. The farm wants families to make a full day out of the trip there, so after you take your hayride trip to the field you can stick around and enjoy the corn maze, pumpkin bounce pad - 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, then climb aboard the next wagon to return to the main farm. It’s an old-fashioned farm experience on this fourth-generation farm in Lebanon. 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.
More Southwest Ohio pumpkin spots to check out: