Area Farms Let Families Pick Their Own Pumpkins for Fall Fun
Orange is the new black.
As the green leaves of summer fade to the rusty orange of fall, the season’s favorite squash comes into the spotlight. Everywhere you turn, the pumpkin will be the star of the show, from pumpkin pies and soups to pumpkin spice everything. Picking the perfect pumpkin for either baking or carving up for Halloween is a time-honored tradition, but it can also be a fun family outing to area farms and locales.
“Pick-your-own” or “you-pick” operations allow families to get their hands in the dirt at working farms to pick their own fruits and vegetables, including fall’s favorite gourd. This can be a fun activity, especially for kids, and can sometimes allow customers to get larger volumes at lower prices.
In Oklahoma City, several locations are close by and perfect for choosing the pumpkins that will bring the taste of fall into your home.
Orr Family Farm
Orr Family Farm Pumpkin Patch is a highlight of our fall season. Orr Family Farm has all sorts of pumpkins in varying sizes for carving or decoration so the whole family can come out to choose the perfect pumpkin.
The Orr Family Farm is a working farm in south Oklahoma City. Fueled by his love of Oklahoma and his desire to provide a friendly and educational environment for school children of all ages, Dr. Glenn Orr and his family opened the Orr Family Farm in 2003.
Children can pick their own free sugar pie pumpkin to take home during the pumpkin days, which are held daily in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
14400 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 405.799.3276, OrrFamilyFarm.com
Chester’s Party Barn
Chester’s Party Barn offers more than just pick-your-own pumpkins! Chester’s 17th Annual Pumpkin Patch, located in northwest Piedmont, has a slew of activities for children and families and has become an annual tradition for many in the Oklahoma City metro area.
In addition to a pumpkin patch, the annual October event also includes karaoke, games, a giant slide, hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo and a 3-acre mystery maze to explore.
Open through Nov. 5, Chester’s Party Barn also offers a free pumpkin for the admission, which is $10 for ages 1 through 10 or $6 for ages 11 to 64.
5201 Cimarron Road NW, Piedmont, Oklahoma, 405.373.1595, Facebook.com/chesterspartybarn
Myriad Botanical Gardens
Pumpkinville will be held from Oct. 5-21 at the Children’s Garden. Pumpkinville is free for Myriad Garden members and children age 2 and under. Admission is $8 per person.
In addition to Pumpkinville, the Gardens also has events like Paint-A-Pumpkin or Plant-A-Pumpkin for $5 per pumpkin. Families can also do crafts, activities and imaginative displays in the New England Pumpkin Town that will get everyone in the spirit of the season.
301 W. Reno, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 405.445.7080, OklahomaCityBotanicalGardens.com
Wings, a special needs community, is offering the public a chance to interact with its members and enjoy family fun at its annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch. Wings Fall Festival has the best specialty pumpkins in the metro, and its Play Patch offers family fun for everyone.
The Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 1-6 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 21.
Wings Play Patch will include hayrides, pumpkin train rides, a corn maze, a hay slide, bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival games and so much more. Play Patch admission is $5 for everyone 3 years and older. Two years and younger are free.
13700 N. Eastern Ave., Edmond, Oklahoma, 405.242.4646, WingsOK.org
TG Farms’ owner Todd Griffith says his two locations in Newcastle are places where families can spend an entire day wandering through corn and hay mazes, petting baby calves at the petting zoo, learning about crops or picking their own pumpkin.
The TG Farms pumpkin patch is open from late September into November, and the $10 weekday admission or $12 weekend admission includes the choice of a pumpkin from the patch.
In addition, the farms include the mazes, hayrides, a general store and more.
“It’s fun to see the kids have fun,” Todd says. “That was always the key. I enjoy seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces. They can’t wait to come back.”
Families can also visit the general store for great fall produce and decorations including straw bales, corn stalks, gourds, decorative corn and a whole sea of pumpkins. For more information, call 405.387.3276 or to make your reservation for groups of 20 or more.
The two TG Farms locations are in Newcastle and Norman. For the Newcastle location, take Interstate 44 south to exit 108 and continue west for 1mile. For the Norman location, take Interstate 35 south past Norman to exit 106. Continue 1 1/2 miles west. TGFarms.com