Lately it's felt more like an Indian summer, but fall is here. With the days growing shorter and the nice weather coming to an end, it's the perfect excuse to take a weekend drive. Skip buying your pumpkins from a supermarket this year and head straight to the source. We compiled just a few of the areas pumpkin patches. What's your favorite place to go? Share in the comments!
978.994.4315 ~ 436 Salem St, Haverhill, MA ~ 10am to 7pm
With their motto of "We're Fresh!" you know what you're in for. Every weekend in October, Chris' Farm Stand hosts a Pumpkin Festival with a Haunted House, corn maze, country-style BBQ, and fresh veggie stand. There's something for everyone.
978.356.0430 ~ 259 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA ~ 8am to 6:30pm
A family run farm for three generations means that there's love and pride in every harvest. Like Chris' you can partake in the corn maze and farm stand, but starting on October 15th after the sun is set stick around for the Campfire Stories. For only $10 hear famous and not so famous New England ghost stories around a crackling fire.
508.653.0653 ~ 89 Pleasant St South, Natick, MA ~ 10am to 5pm
Established in 1651, Lookout Farm is one of the oldest working farms in the country. Any veteran of U-Pick fruit and veggie harvesting probably has a hayride or two under their belts as the preferred transport up to the orchards, but Lookout Farm makes it's even more fun with train ride. Imported directly from Italy, the trains are environmentally friendly and perfect to snap a shot or two for your fall photo album.
401.683.1444 ~ 133 Middle Rd, Portsmouth, RI ~ Fri3:30 to dusk, Sat 10am - dusk, Sun 10am - dusk
Down on Aquideck Island, the Escobars have been farming since the 20's. In addition to Lou's Pumpkin Patch, you can also try your luck in their MASSIVE corn maze (check out the aerial shot on their site). On October 15th dress as your favorite character and participate in all the fun of Harry Potter Day. Make sure you stop at Hog's Head in the middle of the maze for a butter beer! In fact, make it a weekend and stay the night at the Escobar's Farmhouse Inn.