The weather is getting crisper in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and it officially feels like fall. Chances are pretty good that visiting a local pumpkin patch is on your “fall bucket list,” and Shady Brook Farm in Yardley is a family favorite. Picked as one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Patches” by MSN, Shady Brook is a fall tradition for many in the area. PumpkinFest begins September 28 and 29 with a special $5 off your admission coupon (valid with the donation of a canned food item) for that weekend only. Click here for your coupon.
Founded in 1913 by T. Herman Fleming, Shady Brook Farm is one of the last working farms in the county. Shady Brook is now run by the fourth generation of Flemings and is dedicated to providing fresh produce, deli and dairy, quality gardening necessities, and year-round family fun. PumpkinFest is probably their most popular event, running daily September 28 through October 31. For the second year, visitors are invited to come for the day and stay until night! Your $15 admission allows you to enjoy the fun until 8 p.m. (later on select nights). Admission to HorrorFest sold separately. See site for details. If you’re able to visit Monday – Thursday, you’ll save $7 on admission with your donation of a canned good. Click here for the weekday coupon as well as weekend offers.
There are more activities than ever at PumpkinFest this year. Go on a family adventure in the giant corn maze, or let the kids loose in the straw stack or rope mazes. Kids’ favorites, bouncing inflatables, are back along with giant jumping pillows and a giant spider web climber. Don’t forget to stop by the cute barnyard animals. And on the weekends, cheer on adorable pigs and wiener dogs as they race to the finish line. In the spirit of Halloween, the Barn or Horror, Jr. and Alien Invasion, Jr. provide just the right amount of frightful fun.
Of course, no trip to PumpkinFest would be complete without a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. While pumpkins are sold by the pound, wagon rides are included with admission. Stock up for fall recipes, pumpkin carving and home decorating. Plus, there are tons of great photo ops when visiting with your family.
Want even more? There are plenty of other events and activities you can choose from in addition to those included in admission. Pay per person/activity to enjoy pony rides, gem mining, face painting, sand art, paint ball and corn cannons. And the Monster Truck rides are always a big hit.
Like any great festival, PumpkinFest offers an abundance of delicious food. You’ll find standard fair food such as hot dogs, chicken fingers, French fries and sausage along with local favorites, Philly Pretzel Factory and Best Darn Kettle Corn. Grab a bite to eat and relax while watching the live entertainment on the stage (weekends only). Shady Brook Farm’s own Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream can be found on the fairgrounds sharing a spot with Philly Pretzel Factory and in their ice cream truck. Uncle Dave’s pumpkin ice cream sandwich is a huge seasonal hit, and there are even more special fall items this year. Enjoy some ice cream while you’re there, and then pick up some more at the market to take home for later. And you’ll want to stop by the farm market before leaving. Shady Brook Farm Market is open all year, offering home-grown and locally-grown produce, local organic meats, hormone-free milk in glass bottles and more. Pick up fall favorites such as apple cider, chicken sausage, apples and squash. For recipes using each of these ingredients bought at Shady Brook, just click on the name of the ingredient.
Shady Brook Farm
Monday – Saturday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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