The North Shenandoah Valley is teeming with family fun this fall with plenty of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, fall decorations for sale, and other events happening across the region.
In Shenandoah County, Sycamore Banks Farm at 448 Whitehall Lane in Mount Jackson is open Friday through Sunday for pumpkin picking and horse cart rides through the patch. The cost is $ 10 for a pumpkin of your choice. Customers can also pay $ 40 to fill a wagon or choose individually priced pumpkins. The patch is open from 2 p.m. to night on Friday, from 9 a.m. to night on Saturday and from 2 p.m. to night on Sunday.
Farm owner Cheyenne Rhodes started growing pumpkins a few years ago with her husband and transported them to produce auctions. They decided it was a bit hectic for them. So, they decided to open the patch.
âWe love it. We’ve been on the farm for six years so we’re really still pretty new. We still have people who have lived in Mount Jackson all of their lives and didn’t even know we were back here,â he said. Rhodes said. “We were both from farms, so agriculture is in our blood and we wanted to continue that way. As most farmers know, this is a pretty difficult industry to fit into and one into which it is. is difficult to have a sustained income, so the important thing for young farmers is to diversify and find as many different businesses as possible.â¦ We have a lot going on, but the pumpkin patch was a way to we take people to the farm and show them a working farm.
The farm will also host a few events this fall. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 15, the farm will host its first farm-to-table dinner, Sycamore Banks Supper & Spirits. The farm also hosts the Pumpkin Patch Date Day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 17. The event costs $ 85 per ticket and includes a 15-minute photoshoot with Ashley Robinson Photography, a horse hay ride, a pumpkin of your choice, two sets of cookies from Chickadee Sweets, and two coffees from Woodstock Cafe in one souvenir mug.
Donna Koon, owner of The Pumpkin Patch at Edge-Wood Dairy, located across from the Berryville Pike water treatment plant near the Frederick-Clarke County border, said she started the field 10 acre pumpkin patch “many years ago” when her son was in FFA and wanted to grow pumpkins.
It has since grown into a family-owned pumpkin patch that includes traditional pumpkins, white ghost pumpkins, creepy pumpkins, fluffy yellow pumpkins, and pumpkins for cooking. Also on site is a treasure hunt maze and pumpkin slingshot. Homemade baked goods including pumpkin rolls and pumpkin cakes, as well as apples and crafts, are also available.
âI love to see my clients come back and see their children grow up here,â Koon said. âI think they come back because everything is local, and we grow almost everything except my moms. We have grown every year, with the maze, the playground and now the slingshot.
The Pumpkin Slingshot, a unique offering to The Pumpkin Patch, allows kids – and adults – to place a small to medium-sized pumpkin in a slingshot, then shoot it at bales of hay.
The Pumpkin Patch, which helps support Edge-Wood Dairy, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. They will also be holding a children’s costume competition at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 for 3-6 year-olds and 7-12 year-olds. Prizes will be awarded to the winners and finalists.
Elsewhere in Clarke County, people have the option of visiting Wayside Farm Fun at 5273 Harry Byrd Highway near Berryville to explore a 10-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, and pig racing. The farm is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Friday to Monday.
In Frederick County, the West Oaks Farm Market at 4305 Middle Road, near Winchester, continues to have its corn maze, which has over 3 miles of trails. A pumpkin patch as well as apple picking and hay rides are just a few of their other offerings. Live music also continues throughout the fall. The hours of operation in West Oaks for the Corn Maze and Plots are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The Pumpkin at Hill High Farm at 933 Barley Lane in Winchester is also open on weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through October 28.
During the day, people can enjoy a walk in the pumpkin patch, where they can pick their own pumpkin. A considerably large corn maze is also available for daytime strollers. And when you’re done, the âPacking Shedâ store is open.
If you’re looking for a nighttime adventure, Haunted Nightmares at Hill High Farm might be right for you.
A 5,000 square foot walk through a haunted house with live actors and five different 10-minute escape rooms are available for nighttime fun. The Corn Maze is also open at night, and moonlight hay walks are available.
Nightly entertainment is open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, until 10 p.m. on Saturday and until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Valley Star Farm at 1104 Springfield Road in Luray, will offer free admission to its pumpkin patch this year while encouraging people to donate to Choices of Page County, Life Center of Page County and Angel Flight Mid Atlantic.
While activities in the Farm Playland have been reduced, the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is definitely fun. The maze, which changes every year, also offers a challenge of finding six different farm animal boards along the way.
If you’re not looking for corn mazes or hay walks, there are plenty of farmers’ markets in the area that will also have pumpkins for sale this fall.
For more information on any of the farms mentioned above, visit their Facebook pages or websites.