10 Philadelphia-Area Farms Where You Can Pick Pumpkins for Fall

Check out these delightful local pumpkin patches where you can stock up on fall gourds while staying socially distant.

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You can still enjoy the fall harvest and pick pumpkins, gourds, and squash this fall. / Photograph by Caroline Cunningham.

Guess what, kids? It’s 2020, and we’ve reclaimed pumpkin spice—in fact, it was reclaimed as far back as 2014 by writer Anne Helen Petersen in this feature for Buzzfeed. (Though, admittedly, we might need an entirely new discussion of the word “basic” after its excessive exploration on Netflix’s latest mindless-yet-satisfying confection, “Emily in Paris.”) All that to say that you can freely post about your sugar-filled lattes, take photos in your best Stevie Budd flannel, and yes, pick pumpkins at the patch without fear of cultural reprisal. I know I will be doing exactly that — in addition to peeping peak fall foliage and whipping up a butternut squash soup while watching Hocus Pocus.

This year’s pumpkin-themed fall fun is very different, however, in that we also need to be careful not to spread a deadly disease whilst participating in said autumnal activities.  With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a list outlining the best local farms to visit for gourds, squash, and of course, pumpkins, this season. Take advantage of this season’s harvest by donning your coziest fall sweater and a pair of boots for an afternoon spent pumpkin-picking at one of these socially distant spots — all within an hour of Philly.

Highland Orchards

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When: Picking is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester)

If weekends are your preferred picking time, this might be your farm of choice. Here, all employees and customers must wear masks while on the property, and maintain six feet of social distancing. No-contact curbside pickup is also available. Pumpkins will be ripe for the picking through October. Reservations are required, so book ahead online!

Linvilla Orchards

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When: Pumpkinland is open daily now through early November. Pumpkinland hours change based on fall weekends, so check the website for the hours of the weekend you are visiting. They highly recommend visiting Monday through Friday. Crowds on Saturdays and Sundays have been reaching capacity limit by early afternoon.
Drive from Philly: 35 minutes (137 West Knowlton Road, Media)

Think of Linvilla as the Disney World of local farms (with crowds to match). It’s worth noting that pumpkins are available for purchase only, not for picking. No timed tickets or pre-registration is required, but social distancing and mask are. The pumpkins are pre-harvested, so you do not pick from a patch. There are timed tickets for their Autumn Moon, Harvest and Witch’s Hayrides.

Milky Way Farm

Open dates: September 26th through October 31st; from Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.through Oct 31st. November hours will be different, so check the website. (Pumpkin picking is only available on weekends, but you can buy pumpkins throughout the week.)
Drive from Philly: 50 minutes (521 East Uwchlan Avenue, Chester Springs)

This 103-acre family farm in Chester Springs includes an eight-acre pumpkin patch that can yield as many as 25,000 pumpkins in a good year. For Saturdays and Sundays, individual tickets must be purchased in advance to limit capacity in response to COVID-19 regulations. Stroll to the pumpkin patch, wander through the corn maze, take family photos, and visit the farm animals — bring your mask and social distance. Bonus: There’s a creamery on site, and yes, pumpkin flavored ice cream is available.

Shady Brook Farm

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Open dates: FallFest is open Wednesdays through Sunday until October 31st.  The schedule varies so check it out here before you head to the farm.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley)

Timed tickets must be purchased in advance due to COVID-19 regulations. Admission to FallFest include a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, entry to the corn maze and a farm-animal petting area, and more. For everyone’s health and safety, there will be no Hayride of Horror or live actors. “Things may be a little different than the last time you visited but will be as fun and memorable as ever,” their website reads. Pumpkin picking is an additional cost, and your pickings will be priced by weight.

Styer Orchard

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Open dates: Now though early November. Hours are subject to change daily, so they recommend to call 215-702-9633 after 9 a.m. to check opening hours before making the drive.
Drive from Philly: 35 minutes (97 Styers Lane, Langhorne)

Wander through the Styer pumpkin patch filled with pumpkins and gourds of all colors, varieties, and sizes. Also, if you’re not the most artsy, you can scoop a pre-painted pumpkin for a festive addition to your fall décor. They require masking when you are not able to social distance in the fields and in the market area. 

Merrymead Farm

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Open dates: Every Saturday and Sunday starting October 5th, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. There are cash-only tickets for entry.
Drive from Philly: 45 minutes (2222 South Valley Forge Road, Lansdale)

In addition to pumpkin picking, this local farm is home to an astounding five-acre corn maze. Pumpkins, gourds, and squash can also be found here to make your home look extra festive. They also even have a moonlit maze so you can go in the evenings on select days for some nighttime fun. To help control the volume of people for weekend activities, they will be at max capacity when their parking lot is full. They encourage face coverings in spaces and public activity areas where social distancing is not possible. 

Springdale Farm Market

 

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Open dates: Starting September 28th through October 30th, daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 25 minutes (1638 South Springdale Road, Cherry Hill)

Due to COVID-19, they will not be running the corn maze or pumpkin-picking hayrides this year, but they will offer limited private campfire hayrides for a fun night excursion with the family. You can also pick one of their pre-harvested pumpkins from their market, along with plenty of other goodies.

Duffields Farm Market

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Open dates: Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (280 Chapel Heights Road, Sewell)

Pre-timed pumpkin picking and hayride tickets must be purchased in advance to manage social distancing guidelines, so plan ahead! You can still pick your own pumpkins! All guests must have a face mask to wear on the hayride and when not more than six feet from others. Masks are mandatory in restrooms, lines, scarecrow exhibit, farm market, and other public spaces. 

Winding Brook Farm

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Open dates: Their walk-to-patch is open October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Drive from Philly55 minutes (3014 Bristol Road, Warrington)

At Winding Brook Farm this year, due to COVID-19, activities are limited to walk to the pumpkin patch in the front field, and reserved group day or evening hayrides (not haunted). Pumpkin picking will be available through October. They have pumpkins, gourds, squash, straw, corn stalks, mums and other items available to decorate your home for the harvest season.

Varner Farm

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Open dates: Now through the end of October. Admission passes are available daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. 
Drive from Philly: 45 minutes (746 South Trappe Road, Collegeville)

Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch at this 100-acre farm. Pick your own pumpkins, then grab a warm cup of apple cider and visit the corn maze. They encourage social distancing and say they have “vigorous cleaning procedures” and have provided hand sanitizer around the farm for your convenience. They ask that visitors go to the farm, as they should any public location, only when they are completely healthy.

Additional reporting by Molly Dooling.

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