Last year, my boyfriend and I visited a pumpkin farm nearby for the first time. Normally, we’d just go to a pumpkin patch nearby, but I kind of wanted better options seeing as the pumpkin patches and the local grocery stores always seem to have crappy pumpkins; plus, they charge so much! Also, I know from farmer’s markets and other local farm events that buying from the farm directly can help a farm out a lot when you cut out the middle man. That said, here are a few reasons why you should consider visiting a pumpkin farm this year for all your pumpkin needs!
3 Reasons to Visit A Pumpkin Farm
You Help the Farmers Out.
Like I said before, cutting out the middle man helps the farmers who grow the pumpkins a lot more directly than purchasing at the grocery or your local pumpkin patch. On top of that, they usually have other goods for sale like homemade jams, pies, candles, and other items.
The Quality Is Better.
Not only does visiting a pumpkin farm help the farmers out monetarily, but the quality of pumpkins is WAY better. I mean, the damn pumpkins are still on the vine or have just been cut that day so they look better, last longer, and they tend to be around the same price, sometimes cheaper, than you might pay elsewhere. They also have a variety of pumpkin sizes from small to large so you have more options for decor, carving, etc.
Picking Out Your Pumpkin Is More Fun!
It was such an event to go out onto the pumpkin farm and see all the pumpkins on the vine, pick a few out, and actually cut them off the vine myself! As a city girl, this is totally foreign to me and I loved it! I think this makes picking out your pumpkins more of a fun event for friends and family, especially if you happen to have kids. Some pumpkin farms even have events like a haunted hayride, corn maze, and other crafts for kids on certain days as well so there’s that as well.
Sadly, the pumpkin farm I went to last year, CJ Farms, closed, but Greenspot Farms is one that’s sort of nearby and has both a pumpkin farm and a really fun haunted hayride event that I attended last year with friends. It’s super fun to do because they sell coffee, hot chocolate, and have people dressed up running around freaking everyone out and the hayride is really a good time! If you’re in the inland empire area, definitely check it out.