Fall has arrived, and it’s time to head out to your favorite Northern Michigan pumpkin patches to pick out the perfect jack-o-lantern. We’ve compiled 10 local farms offering barrels of activities to turn your trip into a full day of fall fun! Get lost in a corn maze, ride a tractor or horse-drawn wagon, sip hot cider and leave with a bright, round pumpkin in your arms and memories of a perfect fall day spent Up North with the kids.
10743 US-31| Ellsworth
Friske’s offers a cafe, bakery and old fashioned general store featuring farm fresh products for the adults, and pumpkins, an orchard playland and barnyard animals for the kids!
10445 North US 31 | Ellsworth
Royal Farms has pumpkins galore! Choose from a pre-picked pumpkin from the field or pick your own in the pumpkin patch! They also offer pick-your-own apples, a corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, a gift shop, and a snacks and refreshment stand. Royal Farms also has an in-house pastry chef, with lots of pastries, pies and goodies to choose from.
4160 US-131 | Petoskey
Coveyou uses natural growing practices and offers pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand and U-pick pumpkins in the field. They also have pie pumpkins, “Northern Michigan’s most beautiful” tractor-pulled hay rides along US 131, honey from hives on the farm and fresh eggs.
5699 S. Lakeshore Drive | Harbor Springs
At Pond Hill Farm your family will find a u-pick pumpkin patch, pumpkins already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, a squash rocket (fun for Dad, too!) prepicked produce, a gift shop featuring homemade canned goods, a snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area, petting zoo and farm animals.
237 E. Traverse Hwy, (M-72 West) | Traverse City
Each autumn, Gallagher’s opens their family-owned and operated wholesome farm to families and school groups seeking fall fun with a corn maze, pumpkin patch, farm animals and petting zoo. While there, check out their expanded offerings which include a full line of pies, breads and pastries, homemade cherry jams, salsa, mustards, cheese, dried cherries, chocolate covered cherries, cherry juice and cherry concentrate as well as local wines, cheese, maple syrup, and honey.
6578 M-72 East | Williamsburg
Hoxsie’s Farm Market is proud to offer guests the highest quality apples, pumpkins, squash and fall decorating items. They enjoy sharing the “Farm Experience” with families of all ages by offering u-pick apples from the orchard and pumpkins from our patch, educational school class and group tours, farm wagon rides, fun on the haystack in the big red barn, and challenges in their giant corn maze.
Bonus Stop! Secret Garden at Brys Estate
3309 Blue Water Rd. | Old Mission Peninsula
From classic orange to blue, pink, white and gray; warted, striped and multicolored; these pumpkins stand out in a crowd. Explore the pumpkin patch and enjoy spiced apple cider and pumpkin muffins and cookies. The gift shop (pictured below) is open too!
7100 East Traverse Hwy. (M-72 West) | Traverse City
Take your kids, friends and family to Jacob’s for the ultimate Northern Michigan corn maze experience! In addition to three corn mazes, including a kiddie corn maze, haunted corn maze and 10-acre corn maze, Jacob’s fruit/vegetable market and farm offers pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, U-pick pumpkins and apples, horse-drawn hay rides, a concessions and refreshment stand and picnic area.
11168 N. M37 | Buckley
Pahl’s is proud to use minimal chemicals and pesticides at their farm. Take your kids to pick their own pumpkins at the field pumpkin patch, corn maze, child-sized haybale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area and farm animals.
5600 W. Geers Rd. | McBain
Pumpkins, wagon rides, harvest decorations, and more await your family at Geers Farm! Try not to get lost in the straw bale maze, choose from a pre-picked pumpkin or pick your own in the pumpkin patch. You can walk out to the patch or ride the horse and wagon and get dropped off! Pumpkins are weighed on an old fashioned scale and charged by the pound. There are also fun picture opportunities, farm animals to pet and you can watch Geers hand-make fresh donuts in the activity room.
10151 N Long Lake Rd. | Traverse City
Have fun picking out your own pumpkin, squash or gourd at this laid back and fun family farm! Purchase straw bales and bundled corn stalks to outfit your home and take the kids through a haunted house and a corn maze that are both suitable for all ages! During the holiday season, Clark’s also sells Christmas trees.
Bonus Stop! Great Lakes Glass Pumpkin Patch
5959 W Levering Rd. | Cross Village
On Great Lakes Glass Pumpkin Patch Day, the first Saturday in October, Three Pines Studio in Cross Village is aglow with hundreds of handblown pumpkins made by renowned glass artisan Harry Boyer of Boyer Glassworks in Harbor Springs.
In this MyNorth Media video, watch Boyer create one of the 600 pumpkins then follow videographer Kris Riley to charming Three Pines Studio where the colorful pumpkins “grow” in every nook and surface of this delightful gallery.
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Article contributors: Jenny Beuchel; Carly Simpson