Pumpkin Season has arrived Bostonians!
Changing leaves aside, is there something more autumnal than pumpkins? Probably not. Pumpkins are the predilect fruit of Fall (apart from apples), they’re in our lattes, our pies, cookies and even donuts sometimes. Nor is there something quite like a perfectly carved jack-o-lantern to get you into the mood for the spooky season. The versatile orange fruit is a total staple of Fall. That’s why we’ve put together this list of awesome pumpkin patches around Boston, so you can pick out the perfect pumpkins to suit all your fall cravings. Check ’em out!
This traditional Massachusetts farm has been around for 12 generations and so has its pumpkin patch. Grab a red wagon and fill it up to the brim with your favorite pumpkins. If you want to dig into some fresh apple cider donuts, home-made pies, fudge, jams and other mouthwatering goodies, the farm is also offering curbside pick-ups so you can indulge yourself safely. Boston Hill’s pumpkin patch is now open every day from 9 am until 6 pm.
Where: 1370 Turnpike St, North Andover, MA.
2. Connors Farm
This farm and its pumpkin patch have been around for more than a century! In addition to its gourd-geous patch, Connors farm has plenty of fun-filled fall attractions, including hayrides, apple picking, and a giant 7-acre corn maze for you to explore. Connors Farm is open every day from 8 am until 6 pm.
Where: 30 Valley Rd., Danvers, MA
3. Wilsons Farm
Located just outside Boston in Lexington, Wilsons Farm’s the place to go if you’re looking for an option closer to the city then. Their patch is full of tons of pumpkins all different shapes and sizes, including tiny little squashes, lovely sugar pumpkins and giant Musque De Provence pumpkins originating from France!Make sure to stop by their award-winning bakery and try one of their more than 20 varieties of pie, including coconut, blueberry, apple and, of course, pumpkin pies.
Where: 10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA
This family-owned farm has been around since 1913 and offers plenty of seasonal activities for visitors of all ages. Apart from its incredible corn maze, fall-themed activities at Hanson’s include haunted and regular hayrides, a petting farm and, of course, pumpkin picking. At their farm stands you’ll also find fresh fruit and veg including fresh tomatoes, peaches, corn, apples, squash and greens to help fill your pantry with the freshest local produce. Hanson’s Farm is open every day from 9 am until 6 pm.
Where: 20 Nixon Rd, Framingham, MA
5. Smolak Farms
Pumpkin picking season is well underway at Smolak with plenty a pumpkin to go around and tons of other awesome activities including themed hayrides and apple picking! If you’re feeling especially peckish after pumpkin picking–and who wouldn’t be after all that hard work–Smolak’s Farm Stand also offers a meal-to-go menu including some amazing-sounding baked goodies including pumpkin scones and pumpkin whoopie pies. Yum! PYO pumpkins at Smolak is open every weekend from 8 am to 5 pm.
Where: 315 S Bradford St, North Andover, MA
6. Parlee Farms
This 15,000-acre family farm produces over 40,000 gourds each year (talk about variety!) that come in all shapes and sizes, from mini ones all the way to 40-pound ones! We suggest starting off with some pumpkin picking and then heading over to Mary’s Country Kitchen for some hearty warm apple crisp and some of their award-winning apple cider donuts for a totally yummy fall-themed adventure!
Where: 95 Farwell Rd, Tyngsborough, MA
The pumpkin patch at Shelburne Farms is open every day and offers a wide variety of field pumpkins so you can choose the perfect one to suit all your needs and there’s also plenty more sugar pumpkins at the farm store. This lovely farm also sells delicious fresh cider donuts and fudge from a 19th-century barn that is totally gorgeous! Walk-ins are welcomed at Shelburne seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm (6 pm on weekends).
Where: 106 W Acton Rd, Stow, MA
Want a well-rounded, fall apple picking experience? Then you should check Russell Orchards. This 120-acre farm located in Ipswich, MA offers all you need for the perfect fall outing including tons of pumpkins and more than 10 varieties of apples to pick from, a barnyard, a produce store and a bakery filled with luscious fall-themed goodies. Unfortunately, hayrides at Russell Orchards are canceled this year but you can still pick pumpkins to your hearts content! PYO at Russell Orchards is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am until 5 pm.
Where: 143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA
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