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Patch Picks: It’s Time for the Great Pumpkin

Media Patch has your best bests for picking the perfect pumpkin at a nearby farm, nursery or community event.

The leaves are starting to turn beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow, the air is crisp, the campfires are going, and the pumpkin patches are packed with all kinds of pumpkins and gourds. These days you’ll find giant orange ones, mini white ones, and everything in between. Whether you’re looking for the perfect pumpkin for your garden, or a bunch to let the kids carve or paint, there’s plenty to go around. Patch takes you to…the patch.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards really is a family tradition here in the Delaware Valley. During September and October, people come from near and far in search of pumpkins, and the experience that goes with it. There are more than 100 tons of pumpkins on display in every shape and size. You’ll find larger than life scarecrows and other Halloween decorations. Take a hayride, enjoy roasting marshmallows by a campfire, and feed the animals at the petting zoo. There’s also a Farmer’s Market where you can pick up a homemade pumpkin pie or apple pie, or fresh fruits and veggies grown right there on the farm.

Be sure to check out a feature profile on Linvilla Orchards and everything it has to offer coming soon.

Tyler Arboretum Pumpkin Days

You’ll find a large selection of pumpkins at Pumpkin Days on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16. There will be live music by Makin’ Music, The Jersey Corn Pickers bluegrass band and Lost Northern Tribe zydeco band. There will be lots of family-friendly activities, including a hay wagon tour, scarecrow-making and corn maze.

Culbertson Elementary School Pumpkin Festival

The school, located in Newtown Square, will host its annual Pumpkin Festival fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be activities for the whole family, such as hay rides, games, caramel apples, a farmer’s market, pumpkin carving, a haunted house, raffle baskets and other prizes. The public is invited to attend.

Mostardi’s Nursery

The Newtown Square nursery is a go-to garden center for expert to casual gardeners. This time of year they carry pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, fall plants, like mums, cornstalks and other Halloween decorations. They carry all kinds of plants, even unique varities for both the indoors and out, as well as home and garden accents.

Highland Orchards Farm and Market

West Chester’s Highland Orchards offers fun on the farm throughout the fall season. During Fall Harvest Weekends, you can pick pumpkins and apples, and there’s a shuttle on weekends to take you to the patch and orchard. There’s a "kid korral" maze, a farm animal pet exhibit, hayrides and scarecrow-making.

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