Leaves are falling. The smell of bonfires is in the air. It’s fall! We’re about a month away from Halloween but even if you aren’t into carving jack-o-lanterns, a pumpkin is a classic way to decorate for the season. Let’s talk about where to buy a pumpkin this fall.
Around the Forest Lake area, we have no shortage of places to pick up a pumpkin. Many of these places include other activities for the whole family as well! The following are a handful of the top rated pumpkin patches in the area:
Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch
6903 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN
Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch may not have a website but they have a major following online. Lendt’s boasts a 4.6/5 stars from 29 reviews on Google. Many patrons say in their reviews that they return every year and that this is the only place they go for their Halloween pumpkins. The fun includes not only the pumpkin picking but also a playground for the kids, a corn pit, and face painting.
One of the main themes of the reviews of Lendt’s is the customer service. The staff is praised as being extremely helpful and very nice. We all know that customer service is so important…one of the reasons why I take it so seriously as your Realtor! The long and the short of Lendt’s is this: customers continue to return year after year, even from down in the Twin Cities. They have a track record of great service and good prices on their pumpkins.
Odds are if you’ve ever driven south on I-35, you’ve passed and seen Pinehaven Farm just north of the city of Wyoming. Pinehaven, known statewide for their Dead End Hayride, is also a very popular local pumpkin patch. It was even voted WCCO’s Best Pumpkin Patch in Minnesota for 2015!
Pinehaven also touts a 4.6/5 stars on Google from 37 reviews. In addition to being able to pick pumpkins, Pinehaven has the before-mentioned haunted hayrides, a train for the kids to ride, slides, a petting zoo, corn maze, and food. Family friendly hayrides are available, too. Not just haunted ones!
I encourage you to read the reviews of Pinehaven, and any of the other patches, for yourself. However, I will say that the vast majority of the Pinehaven reviews highlighted good customer service, plenty of family friendly activities, and gorgeous scenery. Pinehaven is also a popular location for weddings!
Located just about 30 minutes from the Twin Cities, Pinehaven is a popular destination for local citizens as well as those living down in the cities or out-state. Buyer beware: it is recommended that you buy your tickets in advance for the haunted hayride. It is extremely popular around Halloween and will be very busy!
8174 Lake Dr, Lino Lakes, MN
Located just off of 35-W in Lino Lakes, Waldoch Farm has been a local nursery/farm for over 100 years. Waldoch Farm has many year-round events but the fall is really their time to shine!
Praised for their quality pumpkins and also specialty pumpkins, Waldoch Farm has an obstacle course for children to run, animals to feed and pet, corn mazes, hayrides, tasty food, and an indoor pumpkin shopping area for those inclement days!
Waldoch Farm has a Google rating of 4.7/5 stars from 33 reviews, the vast majority praising the abundance of fun to be had by the entire family. The farm is located 20 minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul so if you’re living in the Twin Cities, Waldoch Farm would be a nearby option for a full-service pumpkin buying experience!
Established in 1990, Pleasant Valley Orchard has been a go-to fall destination in east-central Minnesota for a long time. Located in Shafer, Pleasant Valley Orchard enjoys a prime location off of Highway 8 near the Wisconsin state line. Pleasant Valley is a well-known apple orchard and was named Minnesota’s Best in 2015!
Pleasant Valley wows with a 4.7/5 stars on Google from 24 reviews. As one review put it, “Good people, good products, and good time!” In addition to pumpkin picking, they have apple picking, a nature trail, a shop, and a pumpkin cook-off! Check out their pumpkin patch page for more details on that!
If you visit one of these patches, or rather go to another one, let me know what your experience was like! Now you know where to buy a pumpkin this fall! Happy pumpkin picking!