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Pumpkin guide: Finding the right patch for you

Pumpkin Time!
Pumpkin Time!
Laura Letizia

With Halloween just around the corner and a chill in the air, everyone is in the mood for a little fall fun. In the Columbus area, pumpkin patches abound to fulfill your every spooky desire. The problem is not finding one, but choosing one! Many area patches are open during the week as well as weekends. As homeschoolers, take advantage of your flexibility and enjoy a crowd-free day on the farm on a weekday.

Pumpkin time is not just an opportunity for fun, Take advantage of this time of year to teach about the harvest, changing seasons, and the history of Halloween.

Columbus Vicinity Pumpkin Patches:

Freeman's Farm

6142 Lewis Center Road, Galena, OH 43021. Phone: 740-548-7866. Fax: 740-657-8961. Email:

Open: Weekend activities are Saturdays 10 am to 5 and Sundays 12 pm to 5 through October 25th.
The country market is open weekdays 9 - 7.

Located in Galena, Freeman's Farm offers; pumpkins for sale (already harvested) , tractor-pulled hay rides, farm market, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, farm animals, hayrides, apple butter making demonstrations and scarecrow making.

Hann Farm

4600 Lockbourne Rd, Columbus, OH 43207. Phone: 614-491-0812. Directions: Take Route 23 (High St) South from 270 on the south side of Columbus. Turn left onto Rathmell Rd (stop light). Turn left onto Lockbourne Rd (stop light). Market is on the right side approximately 1 mile north. Stop at the market to get supplies to pick.

Open:  Picking Monday - Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5; Market hours 11 am - 6 pm Monday to Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm Sunday. Payment: Cash, only.

Harvest Adventures

1135 Locust Grove Road NE, Bremen, OH 43107. Phone: 740-503-5206.

Open: Saturday to Sunday from 12pm to 7pm

They offer; pumpkins for sale, corn maze, horse-drawn hay rides, tractor-pulled hay rides, gift shop, restrooms, and farm animals.

Hidden Creek Farms

581 South Galena Road, Sunbury, OH 43074. Phone: 740/815-9371. Email:

Directions: Take I71 North to Route 36/37 exit (Sunbury/Delaware), turn right. Go 1/2 mile to 2nd traffic light (Galena Rd) turn right. Go 1/2 mile, the farm is on the left. From Westerville: Take Route 3 to South Galena Rd, Turn left. Go 1 1/2 miles to 5way stop. Turn right go 1/2 mile, the farm is on the right.

Open: Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm; Weekdays by appointment only, We will be open Friday, October 17 for COTA day, 10 am to 6 pm. Payment: Cash, only.

Located in nearby Sunbury, Hidden Creek Farms has pumpkins, pumpkin patch (u-pick), child-sized haybale maze, corn cannon, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, honey from hives on the farm, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, and farm animals.

Kuhlwein's Farm Market

1859 Walker Road, Hilliard, OH 43026. Phone: 614-876-2833. Email:

Directions: Take Rome Hilliard Road to Renner Road, head West to Alton Darby, go Right on Walker Road, go left on Walker/Farm on the left hand side 1859 Walker Road. Alternate route with construction and road closures is Alton Darby to Feder, head west on Feder to Jones, go right on Jones to Walker go right on Walker. From Alton Alton Darby you can also take Roberts, head west on Roberts to Walker the farm is on the right with these directions.

Open: Saturday and Sunday open to the public during the month of October, hours are 10 am til 6 pm; Call in advance for weekdays, depending on their schedule they sometimes do hayrides during the week.

They offer; pumpkins (both u-pick and already harvested), corn maze, child-sized haybale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, haunted trail, farm market, snacks and refreshment stand, bouncy castle or moon bounce, pony rides, and a petting zoo

Leeds Farm

8738 Marysville Rd., Ostrander, OH 43061. Phone: 740.666.2020. Email:

Open: Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday Noon to 5pm Weekdays scheduled tours only Fall Activities open from September 22nd to October 28th. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard.

Leeds Farm offers pumpkins, a corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized haybale maze, horse-drawn hay rides, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, petting zoo,and  farm animals. Please note, however, that many of the activities on Leeds Farm require the purchase of a barn pass at $7 per person.

Lehner's Pumpkin Farm

2920 State Route 203, Radnor, OH 43066. Phone: 740-595-3207. Email:

Open: starting the last weekend of September through October 31st; Monday through Friday from 5:00 pm until dark, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am until dark

They have pumpkins (already picked AND U-pick), corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, bouncy castle or moon bounce, petting zoo
Hayrides are free on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5:00 pm.

Lynd's Fruit Farm

9090 Morse Road SW, Pataskala, OH 43062. Phone: 740-927-1333. Fax: 740=964-0974. Email us at:

Directions: 3 miles north of Pataskala on SR#310 at Morse Road, which is about 12 miles east of I-270 from Columbus via Morse Road or SR #161.

Open: August, September, October,  Friday and Saturday: 9am to 6pm, Sunday:10am to 6pm

Lynd's features a giant corn maze, orchard wagon rides, retail tent, fresh-squeezed apple cider, apple picking, and pumpkins(u-pick and already harvested).

Miller's Country Gardens

2488 State Route 37 West (Central Avenue), Delaware, OH 43015. Phone: 740-363-5021. Email: dale@millerscountrygardens

Open: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Sundays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

They have pumpkins, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and free tractor pulled hayrides out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins.

Sharp Farms

7129 Old Logan Road, Sugar Grove , OH 43155. Phone: 740-215-8384. Fax: 740-969-4951. Email:

Directions: Six miles south of Lancaster, Ohio on US 33. Turn right onto Sharp Road and then a quick left onto Old Logan. They are the first farm on the left.

Open: Pumpkins, gourds and fall decorations are open everyday 9:00 am till dusk; the Corn maze is open on Saturday's and Sunday's from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm.

At Sharp Farms you will find; pumpkins (both u-pick and already harvested), corn maze, honey from hives on the farm, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand. CASH only.