A great pumpkin isn't hard to find

Family: Events/Activities

October 21, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

More than just that creepy holiday on the 31st, October is about the fall season. It's about walking through colorful fallen leaves, putting on that jacket for the first time, taking bumpy hayrides, getting lost in a corn maze, sipping apple cider and, of course, picking that perfect pumpkin.

Through October (and beyond), celebrate the season by visiting an array of area pumpkin patches and farms. Below is just a sampling. Get picking!

Baltimore County

Albright Farms Produce, 3505 Sweet Air Road, Phoenix. Find pumpkins, produce, plants, greens and hay, through October. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Free. Call 410-666-1116.

Huber's Produce Farm, 11898 Philadelphia Road, Bradshaw. Pick your own pumpkins and produce and take haunted hayrides around the farm. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through November and weekends in December. Free. Call 410-679-1941.

North Run Farm, 1701 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson. Visit the pick-your-own-pumpkin patch, walk through the five-acre corn maze, take hayrides, see the farm zoo. Hours are 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to dark weekends. $5-$7; free for ages under 4. Call 410-241-3392.

Weber's Cider Mill Farm, 2526 Proctor Lane, Parkville. Walk through a display of painted and decorated pumpkins, make a scarecrow and explore the minimaze. Hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Oct. 30; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Oct. 31 through November. Free. Call 410-668-4488.

Carroll County

Baugher's Farm Orchard Market, 1236 Baugher Road, Westminster. Pick pumpkins and purchase fruits, vegetables, baked goods, apple cider, apple butter and more. Sample homemade ice cream, visit the petting zoo and take hayrides. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Free. Call 410-857-0111.

Frederick County

Summers Farm, 5614 Butterfly Lane, Frederick. Visit Pumpkinland, see farm animals, run through the corn maze, coast down the giant slides, see a Native American tepee. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends through October. Free. Call 301-620-9316.

Harford County

Belvedere Farm, 2840 Pleasantville Road, Fallston. Take hayrides, pick pumpkins and apples and try the cider. Also, kids can venture through a maze, through October. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Free. Call 410-877-9448.

Jones Produce Farm, 2107 Philadelphia Road, Edgewood. Choose your own pumpkin, pick other vegetables and fruit and find an array of plants and flowers. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, through November. Free. Call 410-676-3709.

Howard County

Clark's Elioak Farm, 10380 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City. Venture into the pumpkin patch for that perfect find, go through the hay-bale maze, take hayrides, visit the petting farm, more. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through October. Free. Call 410-730-4049.

Larriland Farms, 2415 Woodbine Road, Woodbine. Celebrate the season by picking pumpkins, taking hayrides and venturing through the hay maze. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Free. Call 301-854-6110.

Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville. Enjoy pumpkin-picking, feeding animals, taking hayrides, exploring corn mazes through mid-November. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Free. Call 301-854-6275.

Montgomery County

Butler's Orchard, 22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown. Pumpkin-picking, hayrides, hay mazes, crafts, food, more. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends through October. $7. Call 301-972-3299.

Homestead Farm, 15600 Sugarland Road, Poolesville. Find your perfect pumpkin or gourd, pick apples, take hayrides and go through the hay maze. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through October. Free. Call 301-977-3761.

Rock Hill Orchard, 28600 Ridge Road, Mount Airy. Pumpkin-picking and apple-picking, hayrides through orchards (noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays) and more. Through October, hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily for the pumpkin patch and apple orchard, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily for food market. Free. Call 301-831-7427.

For more family events, see Page 37.

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