7 Places To Pick Your Own Pumpkins in Massachusetts
Jack-o-Lanterns and pumpkin pie, oh my! Whether you’re looking for a quiet farm day, the perfect family photo op, or the excitement of fall harvest festivals, this list of local farms has you covered.
And once you’ve picked your pumpkins for carving, buy a few extras to cook a fall feast. From chocolate chunk pumpkin bread and roasted pumpkin seed brittle, to pumpkin risotto and turkey pumpkin chili, this Eat Seasonal post offers 12 pumpkin recipes sure to help you savor the season.
1. Verrill Farm (Concord). Verrill Farm offers classic jack-o-lantern pumpkins in the PYO fields, as well as pink Porcelain Doll pumpkins at the Farm Stand. A portion of every Porcelain Doll sale goes toward breast cancer research.
2. Connors Farm (Danvers). Pick a pumpkin, navigate the corn maze, play pumpkin tetherball, milk a cow, and pet the barnyard animals during a weekend visit to Connors Farm.
3. Pickard Farm (Littleton). Skip the hoopla and pick pumpkins right from the vine. Pickard Farm does not charge for parking or admission.
4. Boston Hill Farm (North Andover). Enjoy PYO Pumpkins, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a petting farm, and ice cream every weekend all month.
5. Smolak Farm (North Andover). In addition to traditional pumpkin picking, Smolak provides hay and corn mazes, kids’ games and activities, opportunities to play with farm animals, and narrated Alice in Wonderland Hayride Adventures every weekend this month.
6. Ward's Berry Farm (Sharon). With over 30 acres of pumpkin patch and nearly 100,000 pumpkins, it should be easy to find the perfect jack-o-lantern at Ward’s Berry Farm.
7. Shelburne Farm (Stow). Each weekend in October brings PYO pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides, a hay maze, and other kids’ activities.