It is once again time for all those fall traditions that make the season so special. Football games and chili, nature hikes, corn mazes, and not to mention pumpkins. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin carving, you name it. Whether you pick your own at a pumpkin patch or visit one of the many farmers markets in the county, there are several options within the county.
From the vine
The above picture is taken at Harvest Lane Farm Market in Lititz, a 4th generation family farm located along East Oregon Road. During this season, they have an endless amount of pumpkins in all sizes and colors. Here, you'll get everything from the traditional large one to smaller grey, yellow, and multi-colored pumpkins.
If you prefer to pick your own, the Country Barn Farm Market is a popular choice locally. Saturdays and Sundays from September 11th to October 31st, plus Fridays in October, you can ride along in one of their wagons for a ride out to their pumpkin patch. Here, you truly get to take in the beauty of Lancaster farmland in the fall, as you explore acres and acres of pumpkins available to be picked right from the vine. They also offer a large variety of pre-picked pumpkins at their Farm Market.
Kauffman Orchards located on Old Philadelphia Pike in Bird in Hand is a large farm offering a varied selection of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Pumpkins are in season and you can pick them here until early October. This farm offers a wagon ride for all pick-your-own customers, a picnic area, and a chance to pet the goats. Depending on which fruit is in season for picking, you may find yourself in a variety of locations around their 100-acre orchard.
If you're looking for a full day with farmland fun, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is worth visiting. This is a family-owned farm operated by Jack and Donna Coleman, who moved here from New Jersey with their children in 1987. They started out as dairy farmers, but they currently have beef cows, raise broilers for Tyson, and crop farm over 300 acres. In addition, they have 60 family-friendly attractions, including what was voted as the number one corn maze in the country in 2020.
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has also spent several years cultivating a unique pumpkin patch, and here you can load up on one of their wagons with handpicked pumpkins. The patch is open from September 16 through October 30th, weather permitting.
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