The Makings of an Excellent #PumpkinPatch

What makes a good pumpkin patch? You probably have several in your area, but you’ll want to find one that’s fun and inviting for the whole family. Here are some things to look for when hunting for an excellent #pumpkinpatch.

Pumpkins

Obviously if you’re going to find an excellent pumpkin patch, you need to find one with pumpkins! The best patches are the ones that give you a wheelbarrow and let you search for the perfect pumpkin in the field where they grew. The kids will get muddy, the search is on, and fun will be had by all. Be careful, though. It’s tempting to load up that wheelbarrow with pumpkins galore. Do you really need so many? (The answer is yes, honey.)

Hayride

Always a favorite at the pumpkin patch, the hayride is a staple of country farms. Usually, hayrides consist of a trailer filled with bales of hay, which is hitched to a tractor. The kids will have a blast riding around the farm on a hay bale with red noses and cheeks as the chilly breeze whips on by. Half the charm of a hayride is for city folk to taste country life, and this is how you do it. 

Corn Maze

If your pumpkin patch has a corn maze, you’ve hit the jackpot. Farmers have to plan out their mazes months ahead of the harvest, which makes a corn maze a particularly fantastic find. Sometimes they’re planted to reveal a picture from the air, such as a scarecrow or a ghost. The kids will have a grand old time finding dead ends and twists and turns. Don’t get lost, however. Who knows when you’ll finally, if ever, emerge? 

Petting Barn

Larger pumpkin patches often have a “petting barn”, where they house all kinds of farm animals for the kids to enjoy. From goats to pigs to chickens, even a few cows and horses, petting barns are where squeals of joy and laughter are found, and not only from the children! If you are an animal lover, be sure to look for the petting barn and experience all the animals you don’t get to see every day.

Country Store

What good pumpkin patch is without the country store? Where else can you buy homemade jam, cabbages the size of your head, and various crafts the locals have made? The country store is the charm of the pumpkin patch and will allow you to buy all the fun little odds and ends you’d never get in town, including fall and Christmas decorations, even candy and gifts for the family.

Country Food

Pumpkin patches are also famous for their food, including kettle corn, caramel apples, maybe even hot dogs and burgers. If you find yourself a larger pumpkin patch, you’ll be delighted to find all kinds of goodies for your sweet tooth as well as your empty stomach. Be sure to bring cash!

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