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Autumn Pumpkin Patchin’

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With Halloween just around the corner, if you haven’t gotten the memo yet, it’s definitely time to bust out the pumpkins!

We’re doing all sorts of fun things with our big orange friends – from cooking with them, to decorating!

After you pick out your pumpkin check out by CHLOE. Contributing Chef, Jenné Claiborne’s recipe for Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes or purchase one of these awesome decorating kits, or pumpkin to paint.

Instead of going to your local supermarket (which we realize is much easier!) make a day out of your pumpkin shopping needs and head on over to a local a pumpkin patch. Pack up the whole team and pick your very own pumpkin to bring home to carve, customize, or even cook!

We’ve hand-picked some of the best pumpkin patches on Long Island and New York to help you find the one thats best for you… Just keep in mind that many of these farms only accept cash!



Schmitt’s Family Farm has been a family tradition for over 50 years, and has anything you could want in a pumpkin patch. Hayrides, corn mazes (7 acres, if you want to be exact), farm animals, pony rides, and Long Island’s largest straw pyramid.

But that’s not all, there’s also a haunted house for the older kids. Enter at your own risk!

Cost: Entrance and hayrides are free; corn maze $8/person; haunted mansion $6/person

Get there: Drive



Want a super authentic experience? Make a trip to Elwood Pumpkin Farm, where you actually get to cut the pumpkin off the vine yourself. Sure it might be covered in dirt, but at least it’s super fresh! There’s also hayrides and a corn maze.

Plus, if you enjoy your time at Elwood Pumpkin Farm, you can come back in December to cut down your own Christmas tree! It’s never too early to start planning for December festivities.

Cost: Free admission for pumpkin picking, price varies depending on the size of the pumpkin

Get there: Drive




This is for all the babes who don’t want to venture all the way to Long Island. Queens County Farm Museum is actually New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland; there’s our history lesson for the day!

In addition to pumpkin picking, there’s also historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, and the Amazing Maize Maze. The theme this year is “The Big Apple”.

Cost: Free; The Children’s Fall Festival on October 30 $5/person; Amazing Maize Maze $10/adults and $5/children ages 4-11

Get there: E/F to Kew Gardens then transfer to Q46 to Little Neck Parkway; LIRR to Little Neck Station then transfer to Q36 to the farm (only on weekdays); drive