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Monday, October 5, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Patch Search



By Katie M

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, and one thing I love to do with the kids is find a great pumpkin patch where they can run around, have fun, and create fabulous candid shots. Pumpkin patches make the best backdrops for photos, do they not? So every year I am on the hunt for the best pumpkin patch, and every year I come up short. I know I am not alone in this because a few Smarty readers have emailed us asking for a list of pumpkin patches around the Triad. Rachel and I even reached out to friends to ask for their favorite pumpkin places. A few offered some locations listed below, but many were in the dark like us.

Below is a "working" list of pumpkin patches around the Triad - meaning we would love some input! Some of these locations are actual pumpkin farms while others are just seasonal locations offering pumpkins for sale and other activities like hay rides and Halloween attractions. I tried to include as much information as I could find. Also, I have only been to the pumpkin patch on Clemmonsville Road in Winston-Salem, so I can only vouch for that location (it is a pretty good patch - not fantastic - but good). The rest of the locations below were sent as suggestions or I found them online. So, you'll have to check these out yourself and let us know if they are good, or not! If you have any other suggestions, please add them in the comment section below. Enjoy the search, and help us grow our list!

Greensboro area
Mount Pisgah Methodist Church
2600 Pisgah Church Road, Greensboro, NC 27455 (corner of Battleground & Pisgah Church)

Centenary United Methodist Church
2300 West Friendly Ave (corner of Elam & Friendly)
Pumpkin Patch starts October 10th
(336) 299-9643

Gethsemane Gardens
3707 NC 150 E
Greensboro, NC 27455
Sunday - Saturday 7 am-8 pm; mid June thru October
Roadside market featuring the following products (when seasonal): cucumbers, gourds, herb plants, peppers, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, and vegetable plants. Directions: Located Hwy 50, 4 miles west of Brown Summit. Call (336) 656-3096 for more information.

High Point area
Burton Road off Westchester (about one mile down on your left). It does not have a name, but has a big orange pumpkin sign that says “pumpkins for sale.”

Kersey Valley Spookywoods
1615 Kersey Valley Rd, High Point, NC 27263
Haunted house, hitch hikers revenge tram ride, haunted corn field, Maize Adventure corn maize, gem and fossil dig, Spookywoods Maze, pumpkin patch, gift shop, snacks and refreshments, restrooms, picnic area, and tractor-pulled hay rides. Accepts Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Call 336-821-9999 for more info.

Covenant Church United Methodist
1526 Skeet Club Road, High Point, NC 27265.
October 14th - October 31st from 9 am to 7 pm
Pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled hay rides, and haunted trail.
Group Hay Rides available upon appointment; Call or email to book your appointment; Great School Field Trip Price $3;50 per child (includes hayride, small pumpkin, storytelling and coloring stations). Directions: "Directions": 1526 Skeet Club Road High Point, NC 27265 Take Wendover Avenue toward High Point. Wendover Avenue becomes Skeet Club Road. Church will be on left across from Deep River Park. Phone: 841-3242. Cash only.

Winston-Salem area
Maple Springs United Methodist Church
2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston Salem
(At the intersection of Polo and Reynolda Roads, near WFU)

Pine Grove United Methodist Church
1130 Jonestown Rd, Winston-Salem

Clemmonsville Road
Between Ebert and Main Street (it will be on your right if you turn left off Ebert onto Clemmonsville, and on your left coming from Main Street). Look for big tractor at the entrance.

Tanglewood Park
Tanglewood Farms inside of Tanglewood Park will once again be holding its annual Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch October 1-31. The cost is $7 per person and includes your pumpkin. Call 766-9540 for reservations and information on group rides.

Other Areas Nearby
Hidden Horse Farm
681 Howardtosn Circle, Mocksville NC 27028
October 5 – 28. Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm; Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm
Pumpkins and pony rides from crafts, milking cow, duck races, obstacle course, story trail, face painting, "redneck" ring toss, roping, and many more games. Preschool groups Fridays by appointment. Appropriate for all ages! Rain or shine. Includes large covered arena so most things are under shelter. Cost is $2. For more information, contact Ellen James (336) 998-5805.

J.Razz & Tazz Farm
466 Peeden Drive, Gibsonville, NC 27249
Pumpkin patch, cow train rides, corn maze, haunted forest hayrides, tractor-pulled farm tour hay rides, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, school and social groups welcome. Crops are usually available in September, October. Corn maze: open Friday: 4 pm to 11 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 11 pm, Sunday: 1 pm to 7 pm; Haunted Forest opens for the season on October 3 and runs Fridays and Saturdays beginning at dark. Cash only. Directions: At the dead-end of Peeden Dr. off of Bethel Church Rd., beside of Eastern Guilford Middle School. Approximately 3 miles north of Interstate 40/85 and Rock Creek Dairy Rd. Phone: (336) 697-2473 and (336) 698-0519.

L.C. Faucette & Son
7566 Friendship Church Road
Brown Summit, NC 27214
Open Monday - Friday 8 am-6 pm; Saturday 8 am-3 pm; Year-Round
Come pick your own! Seasonal products available: beans, cabbage, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, greens, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, vegetables, watermelons, and zucchini. Located approximately 12 miles north of Greensboro, NC off Hwy 29 north. Take Hwy 150 east, go approximately 2 miles to Friendship Church Road then turn left on Friendship Road. Farm is located at 2nd brick house on the right. Call (336) 656-3927 for more information.

Sawyer Farms
6346 Beulah Church Road, Liberty, NC 27298
Pumpkin, squash, corn, gourds. Tours offered. Directions: I-40/I85 Hwy 62 south, 11-12 miles, left on Alamance Church Road (caution light), 1 mile right on Bellah Church Road, 1/2 mile on right. Also located 4605 Randleman Road: I-40/I85 bypass around Greensboro, NC south on Randleman Road, five and one-half miles to stand on left. Call (336) 685-9645 for more information and hours of operation.

Southern Produce
4942 Ellisboro Road
Stokesdale, NC 27357
Open Sundays through Saturdays through October.
Seasonal products available: beans, cabbage, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, onions, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelons. Hay rides too! Located on Ellisboro Road in Stokesdale, one mile north of Hwy 65 & Hwy 158, 1.5 miles from Hwy 68 Easy Drive from Greensboro. Call (336) 427-2571 for more info.

Whitaker Farms
2991 Providence Church Road, Climax, NC 27233
Open Monday to Friday 9 am-6 pm; Saturday 9 am-5 pm
Cantaloupe, cucumber, flowers, greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, pumpkin, squash, strawberries, and tomatoes. Farm tours available. Two locations: Located at 2991 Providence Church Road, Climax, NC between Hwy 220 at Level Cross and Hwy 22 at Red Cross, 12 miles south of Greensboro. Also located at 4715 Hwy 64 East, Franklinville, NC between Asheboro and Ramseur. Call (336) 685-4888 for more information.

Millstone Creek Orchards
506 Parks Crossroad Church Road, Ramseur, NC 27316.
Open Sundays from 1 pm to 5:30 pm; Wed – Sat from 9 am to 5:30 pm.
Crops available by season: apple, cantaloupe, corn, peach, pumpkin, tomatoes, pecans, peppers, squash and watermelon. Hay Rides, Fall Apple Festival, Pumpkin Day, apple cider, gift shop, tours, & pick your own fruits & vegetables. Located approximately four miles east of Ramseur and 12 miles east of Asheboro. Call
(336) 824-5263 or (336) 824-2699 for more information.

Peterson Farm
4255 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Sophia, NC 27350.
Open: Monday - Saturday noon to 8 pm; year-round. Heirloom pumpkins and winter squash. Farm tours by appointment. From US 220 in Asheboro, take US 64 West 7 miles, to Hoover Hill Road turn right, 4 miles to Mt. Gilead Church Road, turn right. Farm .7 mile on right at sign. Call (336) 861-4062 for more information.

Be sure to check out Charlotte Smarty Pants today - they are running a list of pumpkin patches around Charlotte too!

Don't forget to register for our October Giveaway - a $250 package from Zoe Zen Photography. Click here to learn more about Zoe Zen and register.

4 comments:

Miranda said...

Thank you for this list. We are new to the area and usually always take photos at a pumpkin patch for halloween. I am glad I know where to go now. I may have to drive by some of these this week and see which one has the best picture spots!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for supporting Hidden Horse Farm's pumpkin patch but it has moved. It is now at Alpha Acres in Yadkinville which is a ministry of the Winston Salem Rescue Mission. It grew to be too large for our small farm and now it is at home on over 100 acres with lots of room to add new activities each year. Right now they offer 2 corn mazes, hay rides that go through some of the most beautiful land, a cow train, corn shooter, water balloon shooter, duck races, milking cow, big swings, tether ball, sand pits, etc. The website is www.wsrescue.org

Activities that are happening at our farm are now located through the following website.

www.equi-kidsnc.org

Sarah Beth Fishback heads up the program and offers a riding club, birthdays, camps, and lessons.


Thank you and I love your site!

Ellen James
Hidden Horse Farm

Anonymous said...

Confluence Coffee also has pumpkins this year!

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