The pumpkins are here and ready for carving. 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). But little is more fun for parents than to see their toddlers waddle through the rows of brightly colored gourds and 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 Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, September 28 and run every weekend until the end of October. The local favorite will feature hayrides for the whole family on select days and times during the week and run continuously on the weekends.
For those with little ones, be sure to book a photography session to capture your child’s reaction when they see row upon row of brightly hued pumpkins. Photo shoots will take place every Sunday (and on Saturday, October 5), with limited time slots available.
For the foodies out there, bring your appetite Saturday and Sundays, starting September 28 until October 27, when the food trucks lineup along the patch.
- Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Hay rides: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri run every hour between 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday they run continuously from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday they run continuously from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
12033 State Rd. 7
Boynton Beach, FL 33473
Hope Lutheran Church, West Palm Beach
Beginning October 12 and running to October 31, Hope Lutheran Church in West Palm Beach will open its Pumpkin Patch with more than 1,700 pumpkins to choose from. There will be scenic photo opportunities to capture your loved ones enjoying a bit of the season. For the young ones, story time in the pumpkin patch is a fall classic in the making.
- Hours: Open daily 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
7430 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
LifeSong Community Church, Abacoa Pumpkin Patch, Jupiter
Starting October 6 through October 22, the Abacoa Pumpkin Patch opens for its seventh year at LifeSong Community Church. A whopping 40,000 pounds of pumpkins is expected to 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 3 through Halloween with plenty of pumpkins to choose from. Story time in the pumpkin patch is offered as part of school curriculum, so make sure to see if your school is attending.
- 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 more than 15 years, Cason United Methodist Church has hosted a pumpkin patch to share fall season with the community. From October 12 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 so large it takes 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.
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-7 p.m.
342 N. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444