Carved, spiced, or baked into a pie—however you enjoy it, Fall belongs to the pumpkins. Though inclement weather earlier this year may affect prices and quantity of our favorite orange crop, that’s no reason to avoid patronizing local growers or pass on the perfect porch decoration.
Here are five of our top picks for the best places in town to get your pumpkin picking on.
Circle S Farms | 9015 London Groveport Rd. Grove City
Circle S is a true one-stop-shop for all things Fall. Come for the pumpkins (for sale in the Circle S shop, farmstand, or u-pick in the pumpkin patch) Stay for the the corn maze, kiddie hay bale maze, hay rides, and more. Visit circlesfarm.com/ for more, or visit them on Facebook.
Hours: 9am to 7pm seven days a week through the month of October.
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Hoffman’s Farm Market | 800 Hilliard-Rome Road, Columbus
The site of many a school field trip for the children of Hilliard and beyond, Hoffman farms is a can’t miss for their top-notch hay rides and famous wiener roasts. It’s also a pretty dang good spot to pick a pumpkin. Reach Hoffman’s Farm Market by phone at 614-878-5161, or on Facebook.
Pumpkin picking hours: 9am to 6 pm, seven days a week.
Kuhlwein’s Farm Market & Deli | 1859 Walker Rd Hilliard
With mazes of both corn and hay bale variety, you could get lost for hours at Kuhlwein’s. This farm market is a great place to grab a gourd for carving, and also serves those who prefer their pumpkin in pie form. Visit them on Facebook, or call (614) 876-2833.
Hours: Kuhlwein’s is closed on Wednesday, and open from 10am to 6pm every other day—except Saturday, when they close at 5pm.
Leeds Pumpkin Farm | 8738 Marysville Road, Ostrander
Our animal friends are the main attraction at Delaware’s Leeds Pumpkin Farm—aside from the pumpkins, of course. Along with the usual Fall attractions, visitors can enjoy cow train rides, pig races, and a goat walk.
For more information, including hours of operation, visit leedsfarm.com.
Schacht Farm Market | 5950 Shannon Rd. Canal Winchester
Rounding out our list is Schact Farm Market in Canal Winchester, a family-run farm with over 30 years of experience in the pumpkin game. This farm actually focuses on all things Harvested in the Fall, so when you pick your pumpkin with them, you can be sure you’re getting the best!
Visit schachtfarmmarket.com/ for all things Schacht.