Fall is such a terrific time of year with all its vivid colors plus the tasty food you can make with apples and pumpkins. In part one, we explored some awesome pumpkin patches to visit in the Pittsburgh area. Just a reminder: most farms will give you a hay ride to their patch and farms that charge admission will charge extra for the pumpkin. Let’s check out the five additional pumpkin patches now.
Trax Farms (open on October weekends, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
This 150-year-old farm, just 12 miles from Pittsburgh, puts on a big shindig every year and is enjoyed by all ages. They have a good selection of pumpkins to pick from as well as great food and fun activities like a rock wall, balloon chase, bungee jumping, corn maze, huge slide, bouncy house, face painting, picturesque hay rides, and so much more. You’ll need to peruse their webpage for pricing.
Simmons Farm (open in October)
You just can’t go wrong with a 5-acre pumpkin patch in McMurray! You can even pick your own apples here. The fall festivities begin in October and there’s much to do! Besides the pony and hay rides, pumpkin carving, refreshments, and petting zoo, there’s also some different things like 2- and 4-acre corn mazes, an apple sling shot, rubber duck races, butterfly house, human hamster wheel, apple rock labyrinth, and more. The farm is open all week and the price for fall fun activities including a hay ride but not a pumpkin is $12.50 per person; it’s $15.25 per person for fall activities including a hay ride and pumpkin.
Harvest Valley Farms (open on October weekends)
This small, family-run produce farm in Valencia believes fall is a meaningful season. Why? Their full-time farm not only has a pumpkin patch for you to get that perfect pumpkin but also provides loads of fun activities for everyone with free admission. Bring the kids and go through straw tunnels, get your face painted, try not to get lost in a corn maze, have a ball on a scenic hay ride, listen to live country music, and more. You can even carve your own pumpkin, play pumpkin bowling, and enjoy some tasty treats.
Schramm Farms & Orchards (open in October)
Set in Jeannette, Schramm Farms & Orchards have been cultivating and marketing their homegrown veggies since 1864! They begin the fall fun during the last week in September and continue through October. The entire family will have a great time going through two corn mazes, going on hay rides and pony rides, and for the little ones, there’s a corn box. You’ll be shocked at their large selection of pumpkins that pack their fields — you shouldn’t have any problems picking that supreme pumpkin! Be sure to try their home-made caramel apples and candy. Sounds like fun, right? Check out their website for hours and pricing.
Janoski’s Farm & Greenhouse (open on October weekends)
Found in Clinton, this farm has a bakery on its grounds! Every fall their farm is transformed into Pumpkinland. For $6 per person you can explore all kinds of festive things to do like a corn maze or straw jump, pony rides for kids, a bicycle path, a goat and donkey viewing area, the pumpkin patch (of course), and a haunted barn. They even have pavilions and picnic tables and urge you to enjoy a lunch from one of many vendors. You can bring a picnic lunch, too.
So where will you go to get your perfect pumpkin? Maybe you’ll go to several of these farms just to enjoy the activities with your children. Happy Fall!