Finding YOUR Great Pumpkin

By Sadie York

As many of my friends can verify, fall is my all-time favorite season. Count me in on any activities related to the cool months of September through November. One of those activities being pumpkin carving, a hobby I’ve become very competitive about over the years I’ve spent doing it with my friend Liliana Metanovic. However, the carving portion requires the perfect pumpkin to be obtained. I recently visited a few local and semi-local pumpkin patches to determine the best possible place to leave with an enjoyable experience and pumpkin ready for carving.

Summerwinds: Rating 7/10

  • Actual patch is a small section of the store
  • Good variety of pumpkins
  • Well priced
  • Cute photo opportunities
  • Flowers!

ABC Tree Farms & Pick of the Patch: Rating 6/10

  • Lots of inflatables (targeted for kid’s entertainment)
  • Less pumpkins
  • Not much variety of pumpkins
  • Foods/refreshments sold
  • Located in parking lot
  • Photo opportunities

Queens Pumpkin Patch: Rating 9/10

  • Spacious
  • Lots of pumpkin varieties
  • Many activities (hamster ball, climbing wall, corn maze, tractor ride, petting zoo, photo opportunities)
  • Lots of places to sit
  • Food/refreshments to buy
  • Pay for parking, tickets, and admission
  • Pricey pumpkins

The Great Pumpkin Patch: Rating 9/10

  • VERY similar to Queens Pumpkin Patch
  • Many activities (tractor ride, pony ride, petting zoo, rock wall, hamster balls, photo opportunities)
  • Friendly staff
  • Lots of variety in pumpkins
  • Located farther away (Santa Cruz)
  • Pricey pumpkins
  • Admissions fee
  • Many tables to sit
  • Foods/refreshments sold

Post Street Farm: Rating 5/10

  • Small (home owned)
  • Few activities (corn maze, bunnies, haunted house)
  • Limited selection of pumpkins but good quality
  • Located farther away (Santa Cruz)