Pumpkins have become a favorite fall crop and a sign of good things to come with the season. Aside from pumpkin pie and jack o’ lanterns, pumpkins make great decorations and can produce seeds for a great snack or a medium for a neat art project. Picking the perfect pumpkin doesn’t have to be difficult either. In Minnesota, we are blessed with large areas of land where pumpkins grow and thrive into ones that you will want to take home. Travel to these pumpkin patches and have fun picking your pumpkin, along with enjoying a lot of other events offered during the season.

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Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn
12860 Old Brick Yard Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
(952) 906-0247

Looking for a farm that caters to families? Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn has a little something for everyone. Grab a wheelbarrow and head out to the pumpkin patch to pick some of your favorite gourds to take home, and enjoy a trip through the corn maze when you’re finished. Enjoy hayrides, face painting, farm fresh eggs and other fruits and veggies grown on this family farm. Peter and Carmen take time to grow the best crops and stand by their yield at local farmers markets around the cities. Grab a jar of Carmen’s homemade jam on your way out for a fantastic treat.

Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch
6903 Wyoming Trail
Wyoming, MN 55092
(651) 462-1516

Head out to Wyoming, Minnesota for a great fall tradition. Each year, the same families return to Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch to grab a gourd and take part in the fun. The pumpkins are available to pick throughout their 40 acres, or just sitting around for those who prefer pre-picked ones. Corn pits are also a welcome attraction for kids to play in and hayrides are available during the weekends. Find giant pumpkins, smaller ones or ones of different colors in this patch, they are all reasonably priced. Make Lendt’s your tradition too, this fall.

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Deardorff Orchards
8282 Parley Lake Road
Waconia, MN 55387
(952) 442-1885

Deardorff Orchards comprises a pumpkin patch, apple orchard and winery all in one great location. While the pumpkins may be the least popular attraction at this orchard, they are ripe and ready to take home along with many other treats and fall favorites. Located in a beautiful area surrounded by lakes, Deardorff is family-friendly, wine-lover friendly, and dog-friendly as well. Bring your family and your puppy to run around the apple trees, see the farm animals and engage in fun activities. Enjoy Minnesota-grown honeycrisp apples along with other great varieties of apples and fruit. Bring home a bottle of wine with your pumpkin and partake in the fruits of the season.

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Waldoch Farm Pumpkin Patch
8174 Lake Drive
Lino Lakes, MN 55014
(651) 780-1207

A great place to pick your own pumpkins and stay after you collect your treasures for more fun is the Waldoch Farm Pumpkin Patch. Located on a working farm outside of the Twin Cities, Waldoch Pumpkin Patch offers pick-your-own vegetables of all varieties to go along with your pumpkins. Find great squash, zucchini or just stick to the pumpkins. Kids will enjoy the farm animals, pedal carts and hay bales set out for jumping and playing on. Grab some homemade kettle corn as well for the ride home.

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Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch
90537 273rd St.
Austin, MN 55912
(507) 437-9180

Visit Farmer John and his wife this year down in Austin, Minnesota for a great time picking pumpkins and running around on the farm. Over 30 different varieties of pumpkin are available to pick and purchase — from white to orange to giant-sized oval pumpkins. Find a unique pumpkin for your holiday and grab a handful of raspberries as well — berries are also available for picking. The farm also has a cute barn shop full of homemade jam and other surprises for purchase. Kids will love the giant silo slide, another popular attraction on Farmer John’s patch.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.