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6 Spots To Pick Pumpkins in the OED

6 Spots To Pick Pumpkins in the OED

It’s September in the Olde English District. And though the temps have not dropped too drastically yet, we are fully embracing fall activities. In other words, it is time to plan where you are going to get your pumpkin this year. 

The Olde English District is home to many local farms, big and small. To help you find the best fall crops for your front porch or to carve into the perfect jack-o-lantern, we created a list of a few places to visit this fall season. 

1. Black’s Peaches

Black’s Peaches is open all year long, offering a variety of produce. And starting in October, it will have pumpkins available for purchase. 

2. Bush-N-Vine Farm

Bush-N-Vine Farm has been growing produce for more than 150 years. Originally a peach farm, Bush-N-Vine now grows a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. From September 23 to October 31, visitors can pick pumpkins Monday through Saturday at the patch beside the main store. Wagons are also available for those looking for the largest pumpkins out there. 

3. Cherry Place Farm

Starting the first weekend of October, Cherry Place Farm will be open to the public on Saturdays (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sundays (from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) for its fall festival. Enjoy a family-friendly, self-guided tour of the farm that features the two-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch. 

Cherry Place Farm pumpkins
Photo courtesy of Cherry Place Farm

4. Cotton Hills Farm

Cotton Hills Farms has been growing a variety of pumpkins for more than 30 years. This year, the farm will have not one but two U-pick pumpkin patches. Take your pick at the 15-acre pumpkin patch down the road on Saturdays, where you can actually cut our crops straight from the vine. Or pop by the pumpkin patch behind The Market in Lowrys during the week (Monday – Friday only). Corn stalks, gourds and straw are also available. 

Cotton Hills Farm pumpkin
Cotton Hills Farm

5. Hall Family Farm

Once a sharecropping cotton farm, Hall Family Farm welcomes visitors and locals to enjoy farm living just miles from the large city of Charlotte, North Carolina. From September 22 to October 31, walk through a 7-acre corn maze, take a cruise on a musical hayride, and — of course — pick pumpkins during your visit. Before you leave, be sure to get your hands on the crowd-pleasing Cider Donut Sundae for a sweet taste of the fall season. 

Hall Family Farm
Photo courtesy of Hall Family Farm

6. McLeod Farms Roadside Market

McLeod Farms is a family-owned and operated farm that has been specializing in year-round produce since 1916. With 10 acres of crops and 15 pumpkin varieties to choose from, this Chesterfield County spot is a haven for pumpkin picking. Upon arriving at the patch, make sure to grab a wheelbarrow and clippers before making your way to the field to cut your own. And after you snag the biggest pumpkin in the field, head to the Carolina Country corn maze (open September 30 – November 4) for a memorable fall adventure.

McLeod Farm
McLeod Farms