The annual trip to the pumpkin patch for an Instagram post, pumpkin browsing, apple picking and family bonding is something to look forward to in and of itself. But what really keeps us coming back every year? The food. Because nothing says fall quite like a cup of hot apple cider or corn on the cob straight from the maze.
Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of local pumpkin patches with the most extensive and delicious food options. Find out where to head if you’re all about the food, less about the actual pumpkin picking (although they have that too).
This farm has lunch options for the whole family. First, warm up with homemade hot apple cider while you watch the live version of The Three Little Pigs. Just make sure to save your pulled pork sandwich for after (and make it a plate with coleslaw and beans).
For a substantial yet meatless option, choose the farm fries. Pro Tip: If you’re a fan of In-N-Out’s animal style fries, you’ll love this farmhouse version. Ask for all the toppings (Thousand Island dressing, onions and nacho cheese) for a potato stack reminiscent of the burger joint’s “secret” specialty.
Fall Festival Hours: Open weekdays from 12 to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 31
Remlinger Farms adds seasonal flare to a classic lineup. Meat eaters will love their protein-heavy sandwiches, like the Nutty Gobbler. Think oven roasted turkey breast, cream cheese, walnuts, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and cranberry sauce - all on homemade honey wheat bread. For veg-lovers, opt for the Farmer’s Garden sandwich, which is piled high with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, avocado, cream cheese and red onion.
If you’re more of a sandwich-sans-filling lover like me (aka you love bread), try the sample basket of farm-baked breads that comes with soup.
Fall Festival Hours: Open from 9:30am to 6 p.m. through Oct. 31
This farm boasts a massive selection of food, so there’s something for everybody. For those with a sweet tooth, Ellie’s Fudge stand is the place to be. You’ll find flavors from pumpkin chocolate cheesecake to orange cream. Or grab some hot, fresh-made kettle corn to keep you busy in the corn maze. For the healthy eater, stop by the corn roaster for fresh-picked roasted acorn or spaghetti squash served in the shell. After, head to the Nut House for Bavarian-roasted nuts.
But the real crowd pleaser? Freshly made pumpkin and apple crisp donuts. Get there early if you want to snag a bag - they draw a long line and sell out fast!
Fall Festival Hours: Open 10 a.m. until dark through Oct. 31
Fox Hollow offers the classic pumpkin patch menu (hotdogs, corn on the cob) and throws something new in the mix - s’mores! Roasting marshmallows by the bonfire is a fun way for the entire family to warm up, and the ensuing sugar rush will give you the push you need to keep exploring.
Fall Festival Hours: Open 10am to 6pm through Oct. 31
Forget the main course, Thomasson Family Farm is a dessert lover’s dream. They have an extensive menu of diner-worthy sweets like fresh-squeezed lemonade, root beer floats, caramel apples (a crowd favorite) and decadent fudge. Or share a bag of mini donuts flavored with cinnamon and sugar or maple and chocolate frosting. On your way out, stop by The Parlor for a jar of raw local honey and pepper jelly to take home.
Fall Festival Hours: Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Oct. 31