Fall is such a great time to build family traditions. What can be more fun then taking the family on an outing to a favorite pumpkin patch or apple orchard? Most pick your own places provide transportation to the field on a tractor pulled wagon that adds to the fun.
Finding and choosing just the right pumpkin from acres of pumpkins in different sizes, shapes and even colors helps a child develop self esteem and confidence. Often the youngest child in the family will choose the largest pumpkin, while a pre-teen girl might mull over her choice for what seems like an eternity to her brother before choosing her perfect pumpkin.
When planning an outing to the pumpkin patch be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Dress in layers as the weather in the fall can change quickly. Pack a simple snack and take plenty to drink to save money. It is also a good idea to have a special treat tucked away in your pocket or bag, perhaps a bag of candy corn or a Halloween lollipop to pull out as a distraction, when the kids start whining to buy something other then a pumpkin at the farm. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the family memories.
Here in Kent County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland we have our choice of places to visit to pick pumpkins. Here are my favorites.
Milburn Orchard is a traditional fall destination for families from Maryland and Delaware. Milburn’s offers pick your own apples and pumpkins daily with a free wagon ride to the orchard. Pick up a jug of their fresh pressed apple cider and don’t miss their apple cider donuts.
On weekends starting on September 18, Milburn Orchard holds Fall Fest offering lots of family fun activities including hay rides, a boo barn, corn maze, straw jump, a petting zoo and farm yard playground. Admission is $8.00 for ages 3 to 59, with little ones under the age of 3 free. Seniors over the age of 59 get in for $4.00 and on Grandparents weekend, September 18 &19 Grandparents with grandchildren get in for free.
Fifer Orchards outside of Dover, in Wyoming, DE, offers pick your own from spring through fall. The pumpkin patch is planted immediately after the strawberry’s are through and by mid September the fields are orange with pumpkins ready for picking.
Fifer also throws a fall festival with a five acre corn maze, straw castle, soy bean sandbox and live entertainment. This year’s fall festival begins on September 20 and runs through October 30 from 10a.m. until 4p.m. The cost of admission is $7.00 per person for anyone over two years of age with a family admission costing $25.00. Fifer Orchard is closed on Sundays.
Lockbriar Farm, between Chestertown and Worton, Maryland. Open 7 days a week,
Lockbriar offers pick your own starting with strawberries in the spring and finishes up the year with apples and pumpkins. Lockbriar Farms pumpkins can also be found at the Chestertown Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from 8a.m. until noon.