Now that we're into the Spook-tacular month that is October, it's time to find the perfect pumpkin to leave on your stoop! All across the country and all across our home state of Maryland, farms and orchards will be setting out their pumpkin patches for small children and adults alike to pick out their soon-to-be Jack-O-Lanterns. Check out some of the incredible places around Montgomery County, MD! A special thanks to VisitMontgomery.com for this incredibly comprehensive list!
Address: 28600 Ridge Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771 Hours: 10am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday, Closed Monday Cost: $0.65 per pound of pumpkin
Accompanying pick-your-own pumpkins, Rock Hill Orchard has a variety of fun fall activities to choose from, including two different sized corn mazes (themed after the Washington Capital’s Stanley Cup win), a pumpkin canyon, farm market, and free hayrides between activities. Additionally, after watching their dairy cows be milked by their robotic technology, help the farm bottle-feed their calves on weekends at 4pm.
Address: 22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown, MD 20876 Hours: 9:30am-6pm Tuesday-Sunday, Closed Monday Cost: $3 per person day pass or $25 per person season pass for farm admission; $0.65 per pound of pumpkin; Pumpkin Harvest Days $7.50 per person; Pumpkin Festival $12 per person
In addition to regular pick-your-own pumpkins, Butler’s Orchard also has special Pumpkin Harvest Days and a Pumpkin Festival. Reservations are recommended for Pumpkin Harvest Days and featured activities include the hayloft barn, giant slides, straw maze, and hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Check out their Pumpkin Festival, where you’ll find a variety of food, pumpkin cannon, pony rides, and apple slingshot with event tickets / additional purchase.
Address: 15604 Sugarland Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837 Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Sunday Cost: $0.65 per pound of pumpkin; Scenic Hayrides $4 per person
At Homestead Farm, the pumpkin patch is a quick walk from the entrance. While public hayrides are available on weekends, they take a scenic ride through the farm grounds and do not stop at the pumpkin patch.
Address: 23830 Old Hundred Road, Comus Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842 Hours: Open on weekends, hours may vary Cost: Free to visit
If variety is the name-of-the-game when it comes to picking the perfect pumpkin, Comus Market is the place to visit. At least ten varieties of pumpkins, all grown at Heisler Farm, are available. Then walk across the street to The Comus Inn for a sumptuous lunch of Fried Green Tomatoes, Maryland Crab Soup, and Chicken Roulade.