As the weather begins to turn, pumpkin patches start to sprout throughout the county for families to stroll and find the perfect orange squash to carve into a Jack-O-Lantern. An age-old tradition, the annual walk of the pumpkin patch is the unofficial start to the holiday season (at least for kids and retailers). Some of a parent’s most cherished memories are of those of their toddler waddling through the rows of brightly colored gourds to find the perfectly misshapen pumpkin to bring home for the porch. So in light of the season, palmbeachillustrated.com offers a quick list of some of the pumpkin patches around the corner for you to make some memories of your own.
Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market, Boynton Beach
Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market in Boynton Beach will open its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 26 and run every weekend through November 1. The local favorite will feature hayrides around the 80 acres farm, a petting zoo and pony rides, a corn maze (even bigger and better than last year), bounce houses, and lots of food to sate the appetite—homemade ice cream and kettle corn for the kids, award-winning barbecue for the adults, not to mention the food truck lineup (Cider Doughnuts anyone?). On Sunday, October 25, bring the kids (and pets) dressed to the Halloween nines for a costume contest at 2 p.m.
As for pumpkin pickings, the pumpkin patch will be open six days a week (closed Tuesdays). Bring the wee ones to walk along the hey-strewn rows and choose from gourds of every size, shape, and weight.
Pull double duty when making the trek to the Fall Festival and stop by Bedner’s fresh market to load up on just-picked vegetables and fruits, locally made granola, honey, and much more.
- Hours: Pumpkin Patch: Monday-Saturday (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m; Fall Festival: Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Hay rides: Every day (excpet Tuesdays), tickets cost $4.
12033 State Rd. 7
Boynton Beach, FL 33473
Hope Lutheran Church, West Palm Beach
Beginning October 11 and running to October 31, Hope Lutheran Church in West Palm Beach will open its Pumpkin Patch with more than 2,000 pumpkins to choose from. There will be plenty of fall photo opportunities to capture your loved ones enjoying a bit of the season. For the young ones, stick around for story time in the pumpkin patch—a fall tradition in the making.
- Hours: Open daily 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
7430 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Abacoa Pumpkin Patch, Jupiter | LifeSong Community Church
From October 11-31, the Abacoa Pumpkin Patch opens at LifeSong Community Church. Thousands of pounds of pumpkins will dot the Abacoa patch, giving all those Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eaters out there plenty of gourds to choose from. Aside from perusing the patch, there will be an array of family-friendly activities, including face painting, pumpkin painting, a children’s pumpkin area, picture sites, a bounce house, and snow cones.
The money raised will be used to fund the LifeSong Community Church’s Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries’ youth group activities, mission trips and retreats throughout the year.
- Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
1022 Community Dr.
Jupiter, FL 33458
Trinity United Methodist Church, Palm Beach Gardens
Trinity United Methodist Church‘ pumpkin patch will open for business on October 5 through Halloween with plenty of pumpkins to choose from. Story time in the pumpkin patch (daily from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.) is offered as part of school curriculum, as well as pumpkin pickers perusing the patch.
Join the patch party on October 28 for the Great Pumpkin Night Out. The evening will include bounce houses and inflatable slides, a maze, trunk-or-treating, and more.
- Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
9625 N. Military Trail
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
561-622-5278 ext. 127
Cason United Methodist, Delray Beach
For two decades, Cason United Methodist Church has hosted a pumpkin patch to share fall season with the community. From October 10 to 31, pumpkins and gourds of every shape, size, and color will be on hand for families to pick and choose. From squashes the size of baseballs to pumpkins needing two to carry, there is a gourd for just about every need. Kids are encouraged to breakout the Halloween costumes early for some festive photo ops.
Proceeds from the pumpkin patch will benefit numerous community outreach ministries and local charities
- Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday,12-6:30 p.m.
342 N. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444