Orange is the new black when it comes to fall decorating. Pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes sit on doorsteps, windowsills and even fences. And don’t forget about the photo-ops! Here are 9 must-see pumpkin patches in Vermont.
1. Cedar Circle Farm - East Thetford, VT.
This farmstand has something for everyone! A Homeschool Farm Science Program, winter food shares, a farm to table café with freshly prepared everything, Friday night dinner shares and "Doughnut Fridays" with live music, featured products for sampling and hot cider and, of course, cider doughnuts.
2. Green Mountain Orchards – Putney, VT.
This family farm has pick your own pumpkins, apples, peaches, blueberries and more. Hiking and snowshoe trails on the property and horse drawn wagon and sleigh rides are available by appointment.
3. Isham Family Farm – Williston, VT.
This farm was originally established in 1871 and is run by a 5th generation descendant. Corn and sunflower mazes, tractor drawn hay rides, farm stand and more. Stop and pet the animals and enter the calf naming contest, a big hit with children each year. Want to have your wedding here? There’s a barn for that too!
4. Sam Mazza Farms – Colchester, VT.
You can find a festival here almost any time of the year, but fall is the busiest season at Mazza’s. A giant corn maze and hayrides to the pick your own pumpkin patch. Be sure to visit the bakery for October treats!
5. Parker Family Farm – Williston, VT.
Get your sweet tooth ready for the fudge at the Parker Family Farm! Every kind of pumpkin is available here: Small Sugar, New England Sugar and Mystic Plus are perfect for a pumpkin pie. If jack o lanterns are your thing, they have every shape and size you can imagine. Perfect for that one-of-a-kind creation!
6. Shelburne Orchards – Shelburne, VT.
This gem in Shelbourne is mostly known for its museum, but there is much, much more. It has all the traditional farm items but it also sells apple trees. The apple drops – apples that have fallen on the ground – are currently on sale for $50 per pickup truck load and $25 for all the apples you can fit in your car. Leave the Mini Cooper at home and take the Suburban to maximize this deal!
7. Wellwood Orchards – Springfield, VT.
This place is known for its flavor. Delicious apple cider, country store and, of course pumpkins.
8. Winslow Farm – Pittsford, VT.
Along with pumpkins, you can find maple syrup and apples at Winslow Farm. If you’ve had your fill of pumpkins, they also sell Christmas Trees.
9. Everywhere and Anywhere in VT.
Roadside stands can be found all throughout Vermont. From flowers to vegetables, baked goods to syrup, folks here set up shop at the end of their driveways with hand made signs and an arrow pointing toward the stand as its only advertising. Oh, and you’ll likely find an honor system cash box.
What’s your favorite pumpkin patch in Vermont? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!