No matter where you live in our great state, there is bound to be a pumpkin patch or two you just have to check out. We compiled a list of some of our favorites below.
MICHIGAN—So, it’s October. You’ve got your cider warmed, your Halloween costume prepped, and a bowl full of candy for any trick-or-treaters who may knock on your door.
But what are you missing? Oh, that’s right. A pair of scary-looking Jack-o-lanterns on your front porch to set the mood! Don’t worry, though; Michigan is ripe with pumpkin patches, each offering something different and pumpkins galore.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites below, broken down by whichever part of the state you may live in. But note, being that we’re still in a pandemic, it may be wise to call ahead to make sure hours haven’t changed or that no last-second safety measures have been pu tin place at whichever patch you’re looking to visit.
Golden River Orchard
Golden River Orchard in Cheboygan has been providing families across the state with their choice of pumpkins since 2002.
While the family-owned orchard is known most for its abundance of apples—a wide variety of Zestar, Honeycrisp, and Golden Delicious, to name just a few—the pumpkin patch is open and ready for picking.
The orchard, located at 2250 White Cedar Rd. in Cheboygan, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, give them a call at (231) 420-2565.
The Howling Pumpkin
Located on a 20-acre farm in Michigan’s Ogemaw County, The Howling Pumpkin is a giant pumpkin patch with a corn maze as well. Among other facets it offers? Bounce houses, hayrides, and more.
The Saint Helen pumpkin patch is no stranger to throwing events and usually has something going on for people of all ages, meaning a trip to the Howling Pumpkin is something the entire family can enjoy.
Visit the Howling Pumpkin at 7201 E. West Branch Rd. in Saint Helen from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays or from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Have questions? Give the patch a call at (989) 745-3818.
Pond Hill Farms
Looking to get away for a weekend but want to check out a Michigan pumpkin patch while you’re at it? Then we know just the place.
Pond Hill Farms in Harbor Springs regularly has pumpkin weekends, where visitors can enjoy normal fall events like hayrides, cider, and some wine, but it also has unique activities, like pumpkin bowling.
Intrigued? You can call the farm for more information at 231-526-3276, or see it for yourself by visiting 5699 S. Lake Shore Dr. in Harbor Springs. The farm is open daily, with the patch open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends.
Pahl’s Pumpkin Patch
Another pumpkin patch that offers more than just pumpkins is Pahl’s Pumpkin Patch is Buckley. But one cool thing about this small-town patch is that it grows its products while minimizing the use of chemicals and pesticides.
Outside of pumpkins, Pahl’s features train and wagon rides, a corn maze, hay bale maze, and an assortment of other features.
You can check out Pahl’s Pumpkin Patch at 11168 M-37 in Buckley. If you’re looking for more info, give the folks a call at (231) 269-4400.
Southeast Michigan has a plethora of pumpkin patches, but perhaps none offer as many fun activities as Carpenter Farms in Lenawee County, where the amount of fun is only matched by the amount of cool activities offered.
If you have kids and are looking for a place that will be fun for them and their friends, Carpenter Farms is right up your alley. The farm offers everything from wagon rides to a straw pit, and maybe the best part is that there’s no admission fee—you just pay for events and activities you participate in, if they require payment.
Carpenter Farms open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can give them a call at (517) 265-8399, or visit them at 2534 E. US Highway 223 in Adrian.
Harnica Kids’ Pumpkin Farm
If you like giant-sized pumpkins, then Harnica Kids’ Pumpkin Farm in Dundee is a can’t miss destination.
The farm sells a variety of pumpkins, as well as squash and gourds to round out the seasonal crop. Pumpkins at Harnica range in size from what they call small to extra large.
The farm 12406 Bigelow Road in Dundee, is open from dawn to dusk through October. The farm can be reached by calling (734) 529-2122.
A-Mazing Acres in Edwardsburg is, essentially, just that: A-mazing. The pumpkin patch is more than just that, too. There’s a party loft for those looking to celebrate a birthday. Want to check out longhorns from Texas? They have those, too.
But when it comes to the pumpkins, the patch isn’t to be outdone. It offers a wide variety of pumpkins, with everything from warty pumpkins to a variety of colored pumpkins.
The patch can be found at 18430 US-12 East in Edwardsburg. Have questions about pumpkin carving or anything else? Give them a call at (833) 325-5386.
Stickley Family Farms
Stickley Family Farms in Colon is another spectacular pumpkin patch hidden in the plain sight of Michigan’s vast array of pumpkin patch options. This is especially so if you like unique and weird specialty pumpkins and gourds.
But the farm also offers more than its pumpkin patch. Visit in person and you can have fun running through a corn maze, get a sweet treat at the sugar shack, or play on its giant slide.
Interested? You can visit the pumpkin patch—located at 1296 Wattles in Colon—or give them a call at 269) 386-1998.