Saturday's Top 10: Perfect Pumpkin Patches

It's time to start thinking about finding that perfect pumpkin!

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October is right around the corner. Time to start thinking about finding that perfect pumpkin. You could grab one from your local farmer's market or grocery store.  But for a more memorable experience, head out East to a pumpkin patch. Many of these spots offer additional activities like hay rides and corn mazes so you can turn your hunt into a fun seasonal day trip.

Here are some tips for finding the perfect pumpkin.  For decorating or carving only look for a pumpkin that is visually appealing, evenly a deep orange. The shape is just whatever appeals to you. If it grew on its side and has a flat spot, you can either make that the make or use it as part of your design! It should be free from cuts, soft spots, bruises. The flesh should feel hard, and not give easily. Infections can invade easily and cause rot.  Make sure the stem is attached. Store it carefully, especially if you pick it from the vine yourself. Cure a fresh-picked pumpkin by keeping it in a dry place. Don't handle or disturb it. Curing toughens the rind, making it less prone to rot. Pumpkins will keep for months in a cool (50 F to 65F dry, low humidity environment; such as a cool, dry basement.  If you like roasted or baked pumpkin seeds, you can save the seeds from any pumpkin!
Make sure you call ahead to confirm hours and pumpkin availability.
  • Stakey's Pumpkin Farm 
    270 West Lane Aquebogue (631) 722-3467  
    Roam the 26 acre field and pick your pumpkins straight off the vine! With over 18 different varieties the whole family can find one they love. 
  • Schmitt's Family Farm  
    26 Pinelawn Road, Melville (631) 271-3276 
    Schmitt’s has one of the most well-organized pre-picked fields of pumpkins, with the pumpkins organized by size. 

  • Organics Today
    160 Washington Street, East Islip (631) 650-4424
    An organic pumpkin patch where visitors can pick pumpkins directly from the vine on their three acres.

  • Harbes Family Farm
    715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck 631-298-0800  
    Grab a complimentary wagon and walk their acres of pumpkin patches.  

  • Elwood Pumpkin Farm  
    1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington  (631) 368-8626 
    Most western pumpkin farm. The pumpkins are grown in our fields.  You are invited to pick off the vine and experience how fresh a pumpkin can be. 

  • Hank's Pumpkintown 
    240 Montauk Highway, Water Mill  (631) 726-4667  
    The name of the farm says it all.  Pumpkins range in size from mini to prize winners straight from the vine.

  • The Milk Pail 
    50 Horsemill Lane, Water Mill 631- 537-2565
    Select your own great Halloween pumpkin from their pumpkin patch filled with all sizes, shapes and colors. They grow pumpkins from 150 pounds down to ½ pound.

  • Borellas Farm Stand 
    485 Edgewood Ave, Saint James 631.862.7330
    They have been growing pumpkins for 58 years on their 53 acres.  Take a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch and pick your pumpkin from the vine.

  • Fink's Country Farm 
    6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River (631) 886-2272
    Straight from the vine,the pumpkin patches are filled with a large variety of pumpkins. They offer sales by pound or wheelbarrow full. 

  • Colonial Springs Farm  
    201 Main Avenue, Wheatley Heights (631) 643-4829
    Their 34 acre farm has Radio Flyer wagons to roll for your pumpkin pickin pleasure.

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