Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pick a Pumpkin Patch!

One of my family's favorite fall traditions is probably one of your family's as well--visiting a pumpkin patch! We are very blessed to have quite a few local farms and pumpkin patches that help to bring fall to our neck of the Coastal woods.  Here are a few--and don't hesitate to share any that we haven't included!

Cahills: Of course, our favorite pumpkin patch to talk about is the one right in the heart of Bluffton, at Cahills.  Cahills is widely known for their amazing Southern comfort food and fresh produce, but when fall comes, they put on quite a show for the kids. As you drive down May River Road, it's impossible to miss--a giant haystack with a tunnel inside, scarecrows, and lots and lots of pumpkins. While you're there, you can pick up some of their famous homemade ice cream or sit down for a delicious lunch. 

Madrac Farms: Just a quick ride south, in Rincon, Madrac Farms is one of the only true pumpkin patches in the area.  Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays, the farm is transformed into a Fall Wonderland for kids during October.  For $5 (kids 2 and under are free!) for each person, kids of all ages can have unlimited access to farm animals (and feed them for a modest 50 cents), big wooden slide, two bounce houses, a pumpkin patch, hay rides, a five-acre corn maze, and a BIG 200 pound pumpkin.  Madrac Farms has farm fresh produce, food, and pumpkins (obviously!) for sale, but none of these delights are included in the price of admission. Come wearing closed-toed shoes and prepared to get DIRTY--and feel free to bring a picnic lunch if you'd like! General admission for the pumpkin patch is 10-2 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, or 10-6 for pumpkin sales only. 

Holiday Farms: Located in Ridgeland, just a quick drive north from Bluffton, Holiday Farms opens its Great Pumpkin Patch from October 1st to October 31st.  For a $10 admission (which INCLUDES a pumpkin!), you'll be able to see and participate in a variety of activities, including barrel racing, pig races (which happen daily at 11 am and 1pm), duck races, bounce houses, the "Haytona Speedway," corn grinding, steer roping, cow milking, a barnyard zoo, and, of course, a pumpkin patch.  New this year, Holiday Farms has a new barn, covered wagon, and picnic area. This fall fun fest is open from Monday to Thursday from 9-2 and on Friday and Saturday from 9 to dark, with the last hay ride leaving at 6pm.  Groups and military personnel get a discount--call ahead for group pricing. 

Dempsey Farms: Honorary mention to this lovely farm on St. Helena Island, which features u-pick crops year round.  Beginning October 7th, they will be open for pumpkin picking along with other fall crops.  This is the true u-pick experience, and is a local favorite for strawberries in the spring as well.  If you haven't taken this beautiful drive, treat yourself and pick out your very own pumpkin when you do!

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