The Great Pumpkin Patch

Fall is a great time of year to get moving with your kids and enjoy the sights, tastes and smells of the season.  This time of year many local farms offer fun activities to enjoy together.  Visit a local farm, have fun and pick up some locally grown fresh produce.

Pumpkin Patch
Many farms have pumpkin patches where you can pick your own pumpkin right off the vine!  Your kids will have a great time looking for the perfect pumpkin while getting active.  If you don't want to pick your own pumpkin from the field many farms offer other options.  Space to grow pumpkins can be limited, so farms may also bring in pumpkins grown other places.  Search through the many pumpkins to find that perfect one for carving or baking a pie!

Corn Maze
A corn maze is a fun activity for kids and adults.  Wander through the corn maze and find your way out by following clues.  Visit a couple of farms and try the corn maze at each one.  You may be able to go through some mazes at night, but be sure to bring your flashlight!  In addition, some of these mazes could be haunted!  Night time and haunted mazes may be more suitable for older kids.

Don't Forget Your Veggies!
Don't leave your local farm without buying some local produce.  Produce from local farms is often picked fresh daily.  If you are not familiar with some of the produce, ask one of the works to help you.  Find out what it is and ask for ideas on how to cook it.  Have your kids pick out their favorite vegetable and make it for dinner tonight!  Fresh food right from the farm!

Hayrides
Hayrides are a fun way to wrap up your day.  Hop on the back of a truck or be pulled by horses, sit back and enjoy the ride.  Hayrides are a great way to see the entire farm.  Enjoy some time relaxing after a fun day at the farm.

Visit a local farm this fall with your kids or by yourself.  Enjoy the fun activities these farms offer or buy some locally grown produce.  Use this online guide to find all of the fall farm activities in Maryland.  Try this great Pumpkin Bread recipe and savor the flavors of the season!


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