Forecast: Gorgeous fall weekends ahead to hit one of these Twin Cities-area pumpkin patches before Halloween! And even if you’re not in the market for a jack-o-lantern, these patches are crammed full of fall fun from corn mazes and farm animals to hayrides and train rides. Check out the list below. Did we miss any?Click Here for an Easy, Tasty Pumpkin Treat
NORTH METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES
Location: 28186 Kettle River Blvd., Wyoming, MN
Hours: Open weekdays noon – 6pm, weekends 10am – 6pm starting 9/22/18.
Admission/Discounts: General admission is $8-$13/pp depending on the day you visit. The fee covers the majority of attractions offered at the farm; there are a few nominal exceptions.
What’s picking: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick-your-own. The setting is especially beautiful when the fall colors are at peak.
Other activities: Included in admission to Pinehaven Farm are a bundle of fun fall activities: playground equipment, mazes, all-terrain trikes, a petting farm, wagon rides and special events on select weekends. Treats are available for purchase daily, full concessions for sale on weekends only. Read about our visit to Pinehaven Farm here.
Anoka County Farms – Back for the 2018 Season
Location: 128 Bunker Blvd., Ham Lake, MN
Hours: Open Monday – Thursday 3pm – sunset, Friday 12pm – sunset, and weekends 10am – sunset starting 9/23/18
Admission: $5 per car on weekends & MEA includes pumpkin games and the petting farm, additional activities extra. Cash only, no checks or credit cards accepted at the farm.
What’s picking: Pumpkins and other produce available for purchase.
Other activities: Paid activities include inflatables, hayrides, pony rides (weekends only) and a dump truck hill to play on. Concessions are also available weekends.
Location: 2575 Andover Blvd., Andover, MN
Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 – 7pm, Fri 3-7pm, weekends & MEA 10am – 6pm starting 9/22/18.
Admission: $4/pp includes a hayride, kids corn maze and self-guided tour of the farm.
What’s picking: Pumpkins and squash
Other activities: Hayrides run at 4, 5 & 6pm on weekdays and run continuously from 10:30am until close on weekends. Exploring the farm and its many inhabitants is a highlight — llamas, alpacas, goats, pot-bellied pigs and more. A lovely picnic shelter is available whether you bring your own food or purchase concessions at the farm.
Location: 6903 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN
Hours: Opening Sept 22 thru Oct 31, 2018 – 9 am to dusk 7 days a week
Admission: Free admission – PYO pumpkins are $4/ea in a 40 acre field
What’s picking: PYO pumpkins from the field, $4 apiece. Pre-picked pumpkins start at $6.
Other activities: Sat/Sun hayrides $3ea – M-F hayrides $8/ea by reservation (includes 1 pumpkin and 2 indian corn/ face painting and concessions on weekends/ many pic taking ops.
Location: 450 Apple Orchard Rd, White Bear Lake, MN
Hours: Open weekends starting Sept 29, 11am-5pm & weekdays starting Oct 3, 1-4pm
Admission: No charge to enter the orchard; there is a cost for the fall activities.
What’s picking: PYO pumpkin from a 6-acre patch
Other activities: Weekends at the orchard bustle with wagon rides (thru Oct 21), a corn maze, and live music.
Location: 8174 Lake Dr, Lino Lakes, MN
Hours: Opening 9/22/18-10/31/18, 10:00am – 7:00pm *last entry to the corn maze is at 6:00pm.
Admission: Hayride to the pumpkin patch is complimentary; pumpkins are sold by size and start at $3. Corn maze and fall fun area admission is $12 a person ages 3+. If you are interested in pony rides, enjoy them for $6/person. You can also tour Joyer Barnyard without paying an admission fee.
What’s picking: Pick-your-own pumpkins and other fall produce.
Other Activities: Weekend hayride to the pumpkin patch, a barnyard with lots of animals, and kid friendly food served on weekends.
Location: 17325 Pleasant Valley Rd, Shafer, MN
Hours: Open daily 10am-6pm
Admission: Free; extra fee for weekend hayrides to the pumpkin patch ($3/pp).
What’s picking: PYO pumpkins weekends only thru October. PYO apples available on select weekends.
Other activities: The orchard hosts 12 Days of Halloween with special activities.
Location: 15281 Panola Dr, Lindstrom MN
Hours: Open daily, 10am-dusk starting 9/22/17 thru Halloween 2018
What’s picking: Pick-your-own pumpkin and carry it out, $3.99 any size.
Other activities: Families can explore the corn maze, and there’s a hay bale maze for the youngest.
EAST METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES
Location: 14421 S. 90th St., Hastings, MN
Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm
Admission: $5/pp ages 5+, $4/pp under age 4. Includes hay rides when available, use of play equipment and petting farm.
What’s picking: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick-your-own starting in late September and running through the month of October. Call (651) 436-8385 to check the status of picking.
Other activities: Afton’s 15-acre corn maze ($9/ages 11+, $7/ages 2-10) is open Fri-Sun starting 9/16/17. The maze is divided into three progressively challenging phases. 3 additional mazes are included in admission. We haven’t tried the corn maze, but my kids love the tire hill and the play structure.
Location: 11211 N 60th St, Lake Elmo, MN
Hours: Open weekdays 9am – 7pm, weekends 9am – 6pm. Activities are up and running Saturdays 10am – 5pm, Sundays 11am – 5pm starting mid-September.
Admission: Free, with a charge for all fall activities with the exception of the petting farm and outdoor display photo ops.
What’s picking: Pumpkins, though you don’t choose them from the field.
Other activities: Play in a giant corn pit outfitted with buckets, slides and toys ($3), make your way through the corn maze ($4), enjoy the fall scenery on a hay ride ($4.50), pan for gems and lots more. Thanks to one of our readers for bringing Country Sun Farm to our attention!
WEST METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES
Location: 9100 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, MN
Hours: Open daily 11am-6:30pm
Admission: Free admission; pumpkins range from $1-$12 apiece.
What’s picking: The perfect pumpkin, along with fresh fall produce.
Other activities: Pumpkin bounce house, mini corn maze, and haunted house for the littlest ones.
SOUTH METRO PUMPKIN PATCHES
Location: 5716 W. 280th St., New Prague, MN
Hours: Open September 19 through Halloween 2018, 9am to 7 pm
Admission: Free admission, thousands of pumpkins are $1 to $6
What’s picking: Pumpkins of every shape and size (pre-picked) most priced at $2-$6.
Other activities: Family Fun Saturdays (Oct 6 & 13) treat visitors to free pony rides & hay rides (see website for times), face painting and a petting zoo.
Location: 6885 160th St, Apple Valley, MN
Hours: Market is open daily starting at 9am to shop for pumpkins (when in season)
Other activities: The annual Fall Festival takes place Sept 29 &30, 9am-5pm. Free activities include a straw maze, corn pit, storytime and face painting.
Location: 12860 Old Brickyard Road, Shakopee, MN
Hours: Open weekdays 11am – 6pm, weekends 9am – 6:30pm
What’s picking: Free hayrides to pick-your-own pumpkins from the field.
Other activities: Enjoy the working farm and free face painting on October weekends.
Location: 1100 Canterbury Rd. S., Shakopee, MN
Hours: Fridays (1-8pm), Saturdays (10am-8pm), Sundays (10am-6pm) Opening Sept 7-Oct 28, 2018
Admission/Discount: $15/per person for Festival, $0.39/lb pumpkins (no admission needed for pumpkin patch). Find a $1 off coupon on the website.
What’s picking: Pick-your-own pumpkins at Sever’s Fall Festival.
Other activities: Sever’s Corn Maze is well-known for its extensive menu of activities featuring their corn maze, corn pits, and exotic petting zoo.
Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park – 6335 Portland Ave. S., Richfield, MN
Hours: Open weekends starting 9/29/18-10/28/18, 10am-sunset
Admission: Pumpkin patch wristbands $5-$10/pp come in 2 options and may include entrance to the patch, inflatables, games, 9 holes of mini golf and a hayride.
What’s picking: Pumpkins, plain and simple.
Other activities: Pumpkins, concessions and surrey rentals are available for purchase.
There is also a Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patch located at Como Lake in St Paul.
Deb’s World Famous Pumpkin Bars
Click here for the printable version Deb’s World Famous Pumpkin Bars
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 – 15 oz can of pumpkin2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 stick of butter
|mix ingredients well|
spread in greased 10×15 pan
bake at 325 for 20 minutes
|mix ingredients well|
spread on cooled bars