Pick a pumpkin and stuff a scarecrow

October 14, 2006|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,sun reporter

It's the time of year when many of us take up Linus' quest and go in search of the Great Pumpkin.

Unfortunately, late summer's drenching rains have made that quest a bit harder this year.

"You're going to find your selection a little bit limited," said Dave Myers, extension agent in the Anne Arundel County office of the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension.

The rains meant some pumpkins sat in soggy fields, causing their colors to fade and their stems to rot. As a result, supplies are "just adequate," Myers said.

Those that did grow may not last many weeks on the porch step. But Myers adds, "I think they'll make it through the Halloween season."

The diminished supplies caused Sharp's Farm in Howard County to curtail its wholesale pumpkin business this year, said manager Cheryl Nodar "But we have plenty for the families and school kids that come out," she added.

Although pumpkins aren't as plentiful this year as usual, Myers said prices are about the same as last year - about 30 cents a pound.

Here are some farms to visit in search of your perfect pumpkin and other autumn fun.

Anne Arundel County

Dick and Jane's Farm, 4361 Solomons Island Road, Harwood. Pumpkin patch, child-sized hay-bale maze, hayrides, pre-picked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-867-3264 or go to dickandjanesfarm.com.

Greenstreet Gardens, 391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian. Pumpkin patch, mazes, hayrides. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-867-9500 or visit greenstreetgrowers .com.

Homestead Gardens, 743 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville. Pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, Pumpkin Patch Express barrel train ride and games for kids. Open year-round. October hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 301-261-4550 or 410-798-5000 or visit homesteadgardens.com.

Knightongale Farm, 3924 Solomons Island Road, Harwood. Pumpkins, snacks and refreshment stand, hayrides, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 443-871-1073.

Papa John's Farm, 8065 New Cut Road, Severn. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Pumpkins, hayrides (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). Call 410-969-8810.

Pumphrey's Farm, 8220 Veterans Highway, Millersville. Pumpkins. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in October; other hours vary seasonally. Call 410-987-4290.

Baltimore County

Huber's Farm, 12208 Old Philadelphia Road, Bradshaw. Pumpkins, haunted hayrides. Open 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 410-679-1948 or 410-679-1941 or visit hubersfarm.com.

Northrun Farm, 1701 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson. Pumpkins, corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides. Open 2 p.m. until dark Friday, 10 a.m. until dark Saturday and Sunday. Call 410-241-3392 or visit northrunfarm.com.

Roha Farms, 6009 Church Lane, Hydes. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, horse and pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, straw climb, scarecrow making. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 410-592-8040 or visit rohafarms.com.

Spring Meadow Farms, 15513 Hanover Pike, Upperco. Pumpkin patch, hayrides. Activities are held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday. Call 410-239-8505 or visit springmeadowfarms.com.

Weber's Cider Mill Farm, 2526 Proctor Lane, Carney. Apple picking, pumpkins, pumpkin display, mini-maze, hayrides, crafts, scarecrow workshop, apple cider, children's games, garden mums. Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Call 410-668-4488 or visit webers farm.com.

Carroll County

Baugher's Orchard, 1236 Baugher Road, Westminster. Pumpkins, pony rides, scarecrow making and hayrides. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 410-848-5541 or visit baughers. com.

River Valley Ranch, 4443 Grave Run Road, Manchester. Corn maze, hayrides, pony rides and pumpkin patch. Open noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays in October. Call 443-712-1011 or 800-285-0122 or visit wrbs.com.

Quality Evergreens, 2020 Garrett Road, Manchester. Pumpkins, corn maze, pumpkin slingshot, hayride and barnyard zoo. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 410-374-1499 or visit qualityevergreens.com.

Harford County

Applewood Farm, 4435 Prospect Road, Whiteford. Children's maze, petting zoo, pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides, reindeer village. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 410-836-1140 or visit applewoodfarm.org.

Belvedere Farm, 2840 Pleasantville Road, Fallston. Pumpkins, hayrides, hay tunnel, apples, cider and a children's maze. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 410-877-9448 or visit belvederefarm.com.

Brad's Produce, 550 Asbury Lane, Churchville. Corn maze, hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 410-734-GROW or visit bradsproduce.com.

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