You don’t have to agree with the whole Halloween concept to enjoy carving big orange pumpkins. I usually pick a few up early in the season just for the fun of it. This year we grew some mini sized pumpkins in our own backyard urban garden. They aren’t good for anything other than decor. I plan on having the kids paint some silly faces on them this weekend. Mini pumpkins grew great this year. In fact they were the best growing plant in my whole garden. Of course the most useless veggie did the best!

Baby Mini Pumpkin

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The chickens actually eat mini pumpkins –

but my little hens like everything.

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This weekend is perfect for Kids & Pumpkin Patches. One question: were do we go to pick pumpkins around the Twin Cities? After asking myself I asked Google. Here is what I came up for you and my own list of great pumpkin patches around the area.

Peter’s Pumpkin Patch and Carmen’s Corn – 12860 Old Brickyard Road, Shakopee , MN 55379: (952) 906-0247

Open: Monday through Friday 11:00 – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 9:00 – 6:30 p.m. No credit cards

Their website says they have free hayrides and face painting on the weekends in October. They also have farm fresh eggs, too.

Eveland Family Farm – 2575 Andover Blvd. Andover, Minnesota 55304: (763) 755-5123

Open: Every Weekday 3:00-7:00pm Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm Pumpkins are .30 cents a pound. and Admission is  $2.00 you will get a hay ride for free.

I will be checking this patch out this weekend. I like the feel of a real farm when I go pick apples, pumpkins or cut a Christmas tree down. This farm looks so fun for the family. Animals, hay rides and a kid size corn maze.

Berry Hill Farm – 6510 185th Ave NW Anoka MN, 55303: (763) 753-5891

Open: Every Weekday 3:00-7:00pm Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm No credit cards

Admission to the farm is $2. Wagon rides are $3, Maze is $3. You can buy the wagon ride and maze ticket for $6 and your admission is free. Pumpkins are .35 cents  per pound.

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

Open: Everyday 9:00am until dusk. No credit cards

Any size pumpkin is $3.00. They offer hayrides by reservation 7 days a week, carts to carry  your pumpkins, two corn pits and an amusement area for the kids. On weekends they also offer face painting and concessions.

Pinehaven Farm – 28186 Kettle River Blvd., Wyoming, MN 55092: (651) 462-1704

Open: Weekdays 12:00 noon to 6:30pm and Weekends from 10:00am to 6:30pm

I will be honest with you this pumpkin patch runs like a real business. It is very costly, but they are setup to deliver a great experience for your family. Check their website for specials on admission and events. Note: they host a spooky hayride every year.

Applejack Orchards – 4875 37th Street SE, Delano, MN 55328: (763) 972-6673

Open: Daily 6:00am – 6pm

The 5 acre Corn Maze is amazing, Corn Pit, Cow Train, Apple Cannon, Jumping Pillow, Pony rides all on the weekends. Applemarket, Lunch, Bakery, Fall Giftshop, Wagon Rides, animals everyday! These extras cost extra.

Deer Lake Orchard – 1903 10th St SW, Buffalo, MN 55313: (763) 682-4284

Open: Monday – Sunday 10:00am – 6pm

This orchard has Wagon Rides ($3 per rider), U-Pick (check for availability), Corn Maze, Animal Area, Kids play area: hay bale maze, play house, outdoor games, Pumpkin and gourd patch.

Emma Krumbees– 311 Enterprise Drive East, Belle Plaine, Minnesota 56011: (952) 873-3006

Open: Monday – Sunday 10:00am – 6pm

Not on a farm, but a pretty cool place to check out. You’ll want to pick your pumpkins during the Great Scarecrow Festival! See more than 100 hand-crafted scarecrows entered in every annual competition. I saw this event featured on Twin Cities Live last year. It looked really fun.

Check back soon for more patches to be added to the list.

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