As fall approaches and the leaves start to turn, everyone starts looking for the perfect pumpkin. A gourd of many options, pumpkins serve as both decoration and food alike. Whether you’re looking for the traditional jack-o-lantern or a wickedly delicious pie, here are the best places to find the pumpkin.
22200 Davis Mill Road
Germantown, MD 20876
Starting in October, Butler’s Orchard features pick-your-own pumpkins. Every weekend in October, starting with September 28, Butler’s Orchard throws its Annual Pumpkin Festival. With fun for the whole family, there are hayrides, straw mazes, live music, giant slides and farm animals. Trek out into the field to select the perfect pumpkin for your holiday fun or you can stop by the farm market to pick up a pumpkin or any other fall gourds, flowers and other decorations.
11773 Old Skipton Road
Cordova, MD 21625
Located off of Route 50 on the Eastern Shore in Maryland sits Councell Farms, the perfect place to pick up your fall pumpkin. Its pumpkin patch offers a variety of gourds both small and large. The pumpkin selection is more than most people have ever scene. There’s not just the traditional round orange, but pumpkins of all different colors and sizes including the vintage looking Cinderella pumpkin or the peanut-like skin of the peanut pumpkin. You’ll find a great selection from ornamental to edible and all of your fall gourds at this roadside farm.
Gaver Tree Farm
5501 Detrick Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Featuring a 15-acre pumpkin patch, Gaver Tree Farm offers free hayrides from the farm house to the patch on the weekends so that you and your family can pick your own pumpkin. On Friday and Saturday nights, come for the gourds and stay for the fun with a moonlight maze and campfires once dusk falls from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you can’t make it out to the field, there’ll be picked pumpkins available for you to grab and go.
1436 Snowden Road
Delaplane, VA 20144
Beginning in September, head out to Northern Virginia to pick your own pumpkins. With a 10-acre pumpkin patch, you’ll be sure to find the right size, shape and style for your home. There’s a corn maze to keep the kids entertained and dogs on leashes are allowed, so Fido can also join in the fun. While picking your pumpkin, try digging up your own potatoes and peanuts to take home as well. Hollin Farms uses integrated pest management (IPM) so you can rest assured that your food is as pure as possible without unwarranted use of pesticides.
Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch
6521 Holter Road
Middletown, MD 21769
The name says it all. Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch is 131-acre farm that has been offering roadside pumpkins since 1994. More than just a place to go pick your own, Jumbo’s offers corn mazes, a petting zoo and pony rides, as well as arts and crafts for purchase. Open mid-September for the fall season, the pick-your-own pumpkins offer pumpkins both small and large. The kids will love the Fairy Tale Trails corn maze that stretches through the acres of land.
Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.