It's pumpkin season again! With Halloween right around the corner and then the festivities of Thanksgiving to shortly follow, are you still trying to find the perfect pumpkin? There are plenty of pleasant pumpkin patches to choose from in and around Adams County.
Have you headed over to Mt. Joy Berry Farm yet? Mt. Joy, is a locally family owned and operated pick-your-own berry farm in Gettysburg. Known widely for its strawberries, the farm's pick-your-own selections have grown to include blueberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches and of course pumpkins! Perfect for a fall festive folly, tractor rides take you out along the 34 acres of surrounding land to pick your own pumpkins. There are also many fascinating facets onsite to enjoy. Come and check out the amazingly plentiful farmer's market, take delight in the petting zoo, and make your autumn awe-inspiring. In addition, renovations are currently underway to establish overnight lodging accommodations on the grounds. The Stone Silo Inn will offer visitors a glimpse of the old-fashioned past scenic scapes along with luxury and convenience. “Our three suites will be top shelf romantic getaways, while the complete Carriage House can adapt to the needs for an expanded family weekend retreat,” the folks at Mt. Joy explain. For more information about Mt. Joy Berry Farm, visit www.mtjoyberryfarm.com.
Maybe you're looking for a "mazing" adventure. Make you pumpkin-picking outing an event to remember with a visit Fields of Adventure at Smithfield Farms in Aspers. Picking pumpkins is just the beginning. At Smithfield Farms there is plenty to keep you and your gang excited. Are you ready for a hayride? Jump aboard an old-fashioned tractor for a ride out to the surrounding pumpkin patches where you can pick your own.
Smithfield also boasts Maze Quest--a giant corn maze spanning seven acres! This is one of the farm's most popular fall follies, but other versions and variations exist as well for younger explorers (and those looking for a simpler/alternate experience). Younger explorers may delight in the Mini Corn Maze, the Sorghum Maze, the Tile Maze and the Straw Bale Maze. There is also large corn box (a "cornier" version of a sand box). Though fall is a great time to visit, Smithfield operates year-round and boasts plenty of other onsite attractions to behold. Just a few of the endeavors to pursue on your next visit include: zipping along on a zip line, fishing in a catch and release, fully-stocked pond, planning group outings and campfires and grabbing a bite to eat at the concession stand. For more information on Smithfield Farms, visit www.fieldsofadventure.com.
Adams County and the surrounding Gettysburg areas boast plenty of other pumpkin preferences to pursue. Other haunts you may consider checking out include: Beechwood Orchards, Gray Wolf Farm and Hollabaugh Bros., Inc. Located in Bigerville, Beechwood Orchards is a fifth-generation family owned and operated farm market and orchard that offers up fresh finds and fall favorites. Come on out and enjoy pick-your-own apples, gathered pumpkins from the patch and a festive, family-friendly fall outing. For more information, visit www.beechwoodorchards.com. Gray Wolf Farm, also known as Gray Wolf Plantation, is a historical stretch in New Oxford that dates back to circa 1749. Known for its variety of vintage apple assortments, autumn if the perfect time to head up to Gray Wolf for pumpkins, gourds and other autumn awesomeness. For more information, go to www.graywolfplantation.com. Hollabaugh Bros. is a community tradition and a four-seasons operation in Adams County. Located in Bigerville, Hollabaugh Bros. is a great stop for locals and visitors alike in pursuit of a true fall festive experience. Select pre-picked pumpkins at the market or head out on a hayride wagon-ride to the fields and pick-your-own. Enjoy all the other fall finds as well including apples, gourds and gifts galore! For more information visit www.hollabaughbros.com.
Wherever your fall outings take you, don't fall behind a great family-friendly adventure. Visit one or all of the great locations mentioned above and take in warm memories to last you through the coming chills and thrills of Halloween.