The Great Pumpkin

Farms and Orchards Across the Region Offer Family Adventure


Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.  —Linus van Pelt, The Great Pumpkin

If there is one thing we have along the western shores of Lake Erie it is sincerity. We also have lots of pumpkin patches, much to the delight of both Linus and pretty much anyone else who likes the fall.

From iconic apple orchards like MacQueen’s to working family farms who are opening their homesteads to the community, pumpkin patches abound in our area. Besides the usual “pick you own” allure, many of these locations offer simple kids activities that provide inexpensive, yet enriching outdoor fun for the whole family.

As the weather turns colder and the days get shorter, capitalizing on our outdoor family time becomes a priority. Thanks to our profuse agricultural heritage, fall is a great time to get outdoors and explore our farming neighbors.

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Hayrides and Farm Tours

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm – Oregon OH

  • Open Daily
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Kids Maze
  • Snack shack including cider and donuts

MacQueen Orchards Holland OH

  • Open Daily
  • Large working orchard for “pick your own” apples
  • Farm Market includes a wide variety of locally grown produce and locally made products
  • Outstanding bakery and sweet shop (many people drive out just for the donuts)
  • Gift shop and boutique on site

Stevens Gardens – Monclova OH

  • Open Daily
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Hayride, petting zoo, corn maze and other family-friendly activities
  • Farm market shopping
  • Host of Field of Fear haunted attraction

Johnston Fruit Farm – Swanton OH

  • Open Daily
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Pick your own apples
  • Hayrides, petting zoo and working cider mill

Jason’s Pumpkin Patch – Oak Harbor OH

  • Open Daily
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Kids activities including hayrides, pony rides, slides, straw maze, pedal go karts, pedal tractor track, corn box
  • Concession stand

Pumpkin Peddler – Bowling Green OH

  • Open Daily
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Kids activities include pumpkin maze, ride through the tree farm
  • Craft store has decorating items including Indian corn, hay bales, corn stalks, gourds

Gust Brother Pumpkin Farm – Ottawa Lake MI

  • Open Daily
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Large farm market with pre-picked pumpkins, squash, jams, jellies and butters
  • Fall decorating needs including decorative corn and squirrel corn, wreaths, corn stocks, decorative gourds, wheat and oat shocks
  • Concession stand
  • Petting zoo and hayrides

Kackleberry Farm – Monroe Mi

  • Open Thursdays through Sundays
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Corn Maze
  • Bonefine (reservations required)
  • Shopping and restaurant on site.

Trabbic Family Pumpkin Farm – Erie MI

  • Open Daily
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Corn Maze, hay ride, pumpkin train ride, pony rides, children play area
  • Large farm store including pumpkin, fall decorating items, gourds, straw and hay bales
  • Food items include apples, cider, fall breads, honey, fresh pies, donuts