15 Ohio Pumpkin Patches & Farms
Whether you want to pick from a pile or head out into the field yourself, these patches and farms across the state are packed with pumpkins and other fall delights this time of year.
Blooms & Berries Farm Market, Loveland
This fourth-generation farm has been worked by the Probst family since 1937. In 1999, David and Cathy Probst returned to the land, fired up an old 1957 tractor and — starting with 5,000 strawberry plants — reinvigorated the place to make it what it is today.
Like many local farms, Blooms & Berries Farm Market in Loveland is so much more than a place to buy pumpkins. It’s become a day trip destination onto itself. Yes, visitors can purchase all sorts of pumpkin varieties, but they can also explore a 5-acre corn maze, jump on a pumpkin-shaped bounce pad, taste fresh apple cider and caramel apples, check out the farm animals and duck races, take hayrides and more.
Blooms & Berries Farm Market also sells pumpkin breads, fresh-baked pies, cookies and candy. There’s fun autumn decor in the Market Barn, where you can also buy local meats, honeys and maple syrups, goat milk soap, lotions and seasonal produce. In addition to its usual annuals, perennials, herbs and succulents, the market’s Garden Center offers fall favorites like mums, corn shocks, straw bales and fall blooming flowers. New this year is a weekend beer garden with craft beers and wine.
“Fall is particularly special for families,” says owner Jeff Probst, the son of David and Cathy. “Enjoying the sunflowers on the hayride trail, sharing a caramel apple cider float or getting lost with your kids in the corn maze during a beautiful fall day are memories that will be cherished by all.” 9669 St. Rte. 48, Loveland 45140, 513/697-9173, bloomsandberries.com
Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, Oregon: For over 20 years, visitors have been selecting a variety of fresh, on-site picked pumpkins. 7133 Seaman Rd., 419/836-7613, fleitzpumpkinfarm.com
Jason’s Pumpkin Patch, Oak Harbor: Choose pumpkins in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors displayed around the pumpkin tree. 12629 W. Salem Carroll Rd., 419/898-3215,
Johnston Fruit Farms, Swanton: Buy specialty pumpkins and squash. Pick your own or choose a prepicked one from the bunch. 790 U.S. 20 Alt., 419/826-1453, johnstonfruitfarms.com
Kleather’s Pumpkin Patch, Springboro: Since 1976, this pumpkin patch has been offering prepicked pumpkins for sale in front of its barn. 90 W. Central Ave., 937/241-9194, kleathers.com
Kuchta Farms, Newton Falls: Fall goods overflow at this farm that has a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, preselected pumpkins for sale, and a general store filled with apple cider, mums and more. 4480 St. Rte. 82, 330/984-4525, kuchtafarms.com
Leeds Farm, Ostrander: Choose prepicked pumpkins at the barnyard. Also enjoy the on-site Green Acres activity area that features the Pumpkin Plunge slide. 8738 Marysville Rd., 740/666-2020, leedsfarm.com
Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm, Radnor: Visit this 18-acre farm during its 30th anniversary year to pick your own pumpkin or choose from the prepicked pumpkins for sale. 2920 St. Rte. 203, 740/595-3207, lehnerpumpkins.com
Lynd Fruit Farm, Pataskala
The fifth generation of the Lynd family is now training to run Lynd Fruit Farm’s ever-expanding operations, which now include a large farm market building and fields across the region perfect for gathering apples, berries and peaches; snapping a photo in front of towering sunflowers; and in the fall, snagging the perfect pumpkin.
For 2021, Lynd Fruit Farm will feature pumpkin picking exclusively at its Morse Road farm, says Andy Lynd, part of the fourth generation of the family.
“We’ve upped the size we planted this year,” he says. “We were looking for little bit bigger pumpkins, in the 30- to 40-pound range. I’m excited to see the kids’ faces when they see the size of pumpkins we have.”
Every season the farmers rotate fields, and as different fruits hit peak ripeness, the farm’s signs are adjusted, leading visitors to the day’s picking fields. The farmers like to work in some surprises, too.
“A majority are large pumpkins,” says Lynd, “but we also sprinkle in some odd colors and different-shaped things. We have white pumpkins, blue, pink. It’s a nice little treasure hunt.”
Lynd Fruit Farm offers pumpkin picking on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, typically starting the last weekend in September and running through most of October.
“We usually can’t quite make it to Halloween with our pumpkins,” Lynd says with a laugh. Those who want to forego the fields can still select from a wide variety of pumpkins at the farm market on the southeast corner of Morse Road and state Route 310. 9399 Morse Rd. SW, Pataskala 43062, 740/927-8559, lyndfruitfarm.com
Patterson Fruit Farm, Chesterland
Blue is the new orange when it comes to decorative pumpkins sold at Patterson Fruit Farm, as is yellow, pink and white.
“Specialty pumpkins have really taken off,” says farm manager Bob Rogish. He lists Porcelain Dolls and Blue Dolls as two of the colorful varieties available at Patterson’s Farm Market in Geauga County. Every fall, Rogish brings in specialty pumpkins and gourds from local growers, replenishing regularly to keep things fresh.
“Most of our growers are Amish,” Rogish says, “and I go down there in the winter and talk with them, let them know what we’re looking for and what sells, and they’ll plant those.”
These include everything from palm-sized Baby Boos to 50-pound pumpkins for decoration. In 2020, a 250-pounder made for excellent photo ops at the farm market’s Caves Road location. The Mulberry Road pick-your-own pumpkin patch includes Gladiator, Zeus, Rhea, Kratos, Captain Jack, Field Trip (pie pumpkins) and others suitable for creating jack-o’-lanterns. The field is the focus of Fun Fest, an annual event that runs mid-September through Halloween. But it’s what surrounds the pumpkin patch that has made this experience a local tradition for nearly 30 years.
“Anything that as farm kids growing up on the farm we would play on, we’ve made replicas of that,” says Rogish. That includes a pavilion filled with straw bales, treehouses, a barn in the woods with over 20 slides attached to it, 3 acres of corn mazes and two farm combines that kids can (safely) sit atop for photos. Patterson’s Farm Market: 11414 Caves Rd., Chesterland 44026, 440/729-1964; Patterson Farms Mulberry Location: 8765 Mulberry Rd., Chesterland 44026, 440/729-9809, pattersonfarm.com
Pigeon Roost Farm, Hebron: For over 40 years, this farm has been treating families to fall fun and inviting them to select prepicked pumpkins. 4413 National Rd. SW., 740/928-4925, pigeonroostfarm.com
Porter’s Pumpkin Patch, Racine: This patch has pick-your-own pumpkin offerings as well as already-picked pumpkins. Enjoy the corn maze and kids activities. 43965 Pomeroy Pike, 740/416-8844
Ramseyer Farms, Wooster: Visit the country store for corn bundles, gourds and pumpkins, or go out to the patch and pick your own. 4000 Ramseyer Ln., 330/264-0264, ramseyerfarms.com
Shaw Farms, Milford: Enjoy the fall festival atmosphere at this family farm that offers pre-picked pumpkins. Visitors can select from several huge piles throughout the property. 1737 St. Rte. 131, 513/575/2022, shawfarmsmilford.com
Weber’s Farm Market, Harrison: Visit during the annual Pumpkin Festival (Oct. 16–17) to ride out into the pumpkin patch to choose your own or select from prepicked choices. 6085 Kilby Rd., 513/367-5915, webersfarmmarket.com