Patches from Patch, Your Guide To Everything Pumpkins Near Towson

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It doesn't quite feel like fall until you bring home that perfect orange pumpkin picked from the best patch near you. Whether you're looking for where to find a pumpkin, what you should expect to pay, or delicious pumpkin recipes; this article has you covered. 

How much will pumpkins cost this year?

As the holidays draw near, inflation and rising costs are top of mind for many Towson residents, and like everything else, pumpkins may be a little more expensive this year. The average price of a pumpkin nationally has gradually increased a bit over the past four Halloween seasons, numbers from the market research company Statista shows. 

Last year, pumpkins sold for an average of $4.83 apiece, up from $4.18 in 2020 and $4.04 in 2019. In 2018, pumpkins were a steal at $3.89 apiece. 

Pumpkin prices often change in the weeks leading up to Halloween. However, a pumpkin is usually purchased by the pound. The average price per pound is $1.38 for consumers, according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That means an ideal carving pumpkin, around 10- or 14-pounds could cost from $14 to $20 apiece. 

What are the best Pumpkin Patches near me?

Whether you’re looking for a fun day with the family, the best pumpkins for pie making, or a delicious tray of baked pumpkin seeds, these farms offer some of the best fall experiences in the Towson area.

Sharps at Waterford

4003 Jennings Chapel Rd, Brookeville, MD 20833

Sharp’s at Waterford Farm is a 530-acre working farm located in the western part of Howard County. This farm has been family-owned and operated since 1903 by the Sharp family. They offer beautiful views of a working farm that grows various vegetables, including sweet corn and pumpkins. Denise and Chuck Sharp run the farm today and are always happy to have visitors to their scenic slice of Howard county.

“We’re blessed to be farming here in Howard County for over 100 years, they said.”We are grateful for all the visitors to our farm.”

Summers Farm

7503 Hollow Rd, Middletown, MD 21769

Summer’s Farm in Middle Town, Maryland, is a large working farm boasting a 14-acre corn maze. The farm has been family owned and operated since 1934, when John Arthur Summers and his wife, Ruth Schaffer, purchased the land.

Originally a dairy operation, the farm has since expanded to include a variety of fruits and vegetables. The farm partners with local schools to teach kids the value of agriculture and how farmers can make a difference in their community. According to their website, they started allowing visitors so that “kids of all ages can experience jumping on the straw, going down hills, and getting lost in the corn just like the Summers family always did.”

The Maryland Corn Maze

389 Gambrills Rd, Gambrills, MD 21054

The famous Maryland Corn maze opens for another year with a new design! The eight-acre maze has been cut into a Jurassic Park design for 2022. The Maryland corn maze boasts a variety of fun family activities, including giant lincoln logs, a rodeo roping area, photo ops in pumpkin-land, and a petting zoo.

Hawks Hill Farm - Falling Branch Farm Brewery

825 Highland Rd, Street, MD 21154

Falling Branch Farm Brewery is thrilled to announce the start of their Pumpkin Fest 2022. Every Saturday and Sunday in October, they will offer live music, food trucks, pumpkin beer, and other pumpkin-themed activities.

Known initially as Highland Heights Farm, Hawks Hill Farm was founded in 1924 near Pylesville, Maryland. In 1980, the farm switched to making dairy products under the name Hawks Hill Creamery. Upon obtaining its brewing license in 2015, the farm transformed again to Falling Branch Farm Brewery.

Larriland Farm

2415 Woodbine Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797

Larry and Polly Moore started the pick-your-own farming operation in 1973 at Larriland Farm in Woodbine. The farm grows various fruits, including 10 acres of strawberries, 5.5 acres of tart cherries, and 3 acres of sweet cherries.

Larriland farm purchased a plot of land in 2013 to host a large pumpkin patch. This new area was designed to allow for the best possible pumpkin quality. According to their website, Pumpkins do best with a five-year crop rotation for improved disease control.

This lovely family-owned and operated farm offers Hayrides, fruit picking, and a pumpkin patch throughout the fall season. 

What should I do with my pumpkin seeds and flesh?

Pumpkin seeds and flesh can be delicious in the right recipes! Pumpkins can vary wildly in flavor and texture, and not all are meant for consumption. If your pumpkin is particularly bitter, stop eating it. This bitterness is a sign of high levels of cucurbitacins which occur very occasionally and can make you unwell. 

Pumpkin seeds are a popular snack during the Halloween season, check out this recipe by Jessica Gavin for roasted pumpkin seeds.  

Pumpkin flesh is typically seen as a waste product from the carving process, but there are many great ways to use this often-overlooked gourd. This recipe from Inspired Taste shows you how to turn your pumpkin flesh into pumpkin purees for pies and more! 

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