Apple Picking and Pumpkin Patches
Last updated: September 15, 2021
Now that fall is here, we’ve all got apple cider and pumpkin picking on the brain. If you have either “visit a pumpkin patch” or “pick apples” on your fall bucket list, there are plenty of options around NoVA. Here’s where you should spend a day in the outdoors picking fruits and gourds for the season.
Arlington Farmers Market
Through December 18, 8 a.m.-noon
The Arlington Farmers Market in Courthouse offers a wide selection of pumpkins, apples, and locally sourced flowers from vendors like Twin Springs Fruit Farm and Cowbell Kitchen. N. 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington
DePaul’s Urban Farm
Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
DePaul’s is your one-stop shop for all things fall. Come for the pumpkins, gourds, sunflowers, and wreaths; stay for the apple cider doughnuts and autumnal sweets. 2599 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna
October 3-31, times vary
If you’re short on pumpkins, gourds, or baked goods, pick some up at this church. This year, visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status. All proceeds benefit area charities. 3606 Seminary Rd., Alexandria
Opening at the end of September
Not only can you buy pumpkins, produce, and mums at the market, but you can also make a morning or afternoon of it at the Pumpkin Hill play yard, where there are crawling tubes, lots of hay, and great spaces for photo-ops. No reservations required, but the number of shoppers will be limited. 7301 Beulah St., Alexandria
September 18-19 and September 25-November 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Pick up pumpkins, apples, apple cider, kettle corn, and an assortment of pies from Mom’s Apple Pie at Cox Farms’ Festival Market. While you’re there, you can also check out the farm’s other Fall Festival offerings like their hayrides, cornfield, farm animals, kids activities, and live entertainment. 15621 Braddock Rd., Centreville
Whitehall Farms Fall Fun Days
Saturdays and Sundays, October 2-31, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Picking your own pumpkins can be fun, but if you want some fresh produce minus all the elbow grease, you can find kale, spinach, green beans, collards, lettuce, and more at the Whitehall Farm Market. Baked goods are sold alongside local artisanal foods, and little ones will enjoy a corn maze, a petting zoo, hayrides, and a nature trail. 12523 Popes Head Rd., Clifton
Burke Nursery & Garden Centre Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground
Pumpkin picking, a hayride, and a Western town with mechanical rides will keep kids busy at Burke Nursery. Don’t forget to snap a family picture by one of the Halloween-inspired backdrops. 9401 Burke Road, Burke
Krop’s Crops Fall Fun
Winchester apples, pumpkins, squash, and gourds are the Krop’s Crops you can get your hands on. They also offer fresh-pressed apple cider, mums, fall decorations made by local artists, and hayrides for the family. 11110 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls
Crooked Run Orchard
This farm has a variety of apples available for picking, and wholesale pumpkins and gourds are on hand for purchase. 37883 E. Main St., Purcellville
Great Country Farms
Apple gala and corn maze September 1-30; Pumpkin Harvest will run October 1-31
Visitors can pick their own apples, grapes, and pumpkins and have access to playgrounds, kid-friendly activities, and animals. The market includes homemade canned projects, fresh vegetables, animal feed, and decor. Join in on the fall festivities with pumpkin picking, marshmallow roasting, and the Great Country Farms corn maze. 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont
Temple Hall Farm Pumpkin Patch
October 1-31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Take a family trip to Temple Hall Farm for some much-needed pumpkins. Spend the day searching through the entire pumpkin patch, then head over to the jumping pillows and slides for some extra entertainment. Temple Hall Farm Regional Farm: 15855 Limestone School Road, Leesburg; $10 per person (includes a pumpkin)
Opening September 25
Arrive at one of three locations for pick-your-own pumpkins and wholesale options. Customers are given clippers and a wheelbarrow and directed to the field where they can look for their own pumpkins and gourds. Reservations are required. 38299 Hughesville Rd., Hamilton
September 18-October 31, weekdays 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 2-6 p.m.
Head to Pumpkin Village for a variety of family-centered activities, including scavenger hunts, outdoor play areas, and animals. Pumpkins and snacks are available for purchase. 19270 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg
Fridays-Mondays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
At Burnside Farms’ Fall Market, you can find your perfect pumpkin or gourd from the 50-plus varieties available. Other offerings include mums, straw bales, and cornstalks for decorating, plus pre-picked apples and fresh apple cider. Kids can find entertainment in the activity area (jump pad, moon bounce, two-story slide, games) and the barnyard (goats, chickens, pigs). 4905 James Madison Hwy., Haymarket
To be announced
Pick your own pumpkins from the patch at Evergreen Acres for 50 cents per pound. Attendees take a free hayride to the pumpkin patch, where they can pick through the vines to find the perfect one. 12801 Hazelwood Dr., Nokesville
Yankey Farms Nokesville
Opening the last weekend in September
Wander around 3 acres of land to pick your pumpkin off the vine by hand at Yankey Farms’ pumpkin patch. Then the family can play with farm animals, attempt the corn maze scavenger hunt, ride the cow train, climb on hay piles and slides, and cruise on pedal tractors. Appointments are required. 14039 Owls Nest Rd., Nokesville
Buckland Farm Market
Open daily, Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
This traditional pick-your-own farm offers apples, pumpkins, gourds, and other seasonal vegetables and fruits, plus fresh-pressed apple cider, hot pumpkin cider, apple cider doughnuts, hayrides, and other kid-friendly activities. 4484 Lee Hwy., New Baltimore
Hartland Farm, Hartland Orchard, and Green Truck Farm
To be announced
Three farms under one family. Each year, the Hartland Farm offers pumpkin patches, a corn maze, and a fun field; Hartland Orchard has apple and other tree-fruit picking; and Green Truck Farm features pick-your-own berries, plus pumpkins and winter squashes for the fall season. The fun field will not open at Hartland Farm this year, but there will be plenty of pumpkins available to pick. 3205 Hartland Ln., Markham
A family farm run for generations. Here you’ll get apples, pumpkins, winter squash, fall greens (lettuce, kale, broccoli, arugula, bok choy, mustards, turnips, and radishes), and dig-your-own potatoes and peanuts. Head to the farm from September through October for pumpkins and apples. 1524 Snowden Rd., Delaplane
Messick’s Farm Market
September 25-October 31, Saturdays & Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A day at Messick’s Farm is a fall dream for the little ones. Not only can they explore the pumpkin patches, they can also frolic in the corn maze, zip down the slides, jump on the massive air pillow, get creative with crunckin painting, hop on hay rides, and get in some snuggles at the petting zoo. 6025 Catlett Rd., Bealeton; $6-12, free for children 3 and under
Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
A tradition for many Northern Virginia families, Stribling Orchard is the place to go for picking pumpkins and apples. You can also visit with farm animals and shop in the Harvest House market for cider, honey, jams and jellies, salsas, hot sauces, local cheese and eggs, Virginia peanuts, cookbooks, and fresh baked goods. 11587 Poverty Hollow Ln., Markham
September 17-November 7, times vary
Guests of the Great Pumpkin Patch have the chance to pick their own pumpkins or grab some from the market. Enjoy a hayride around the farm while you’re there, and if you stop in on a Friday or Saturday night, you may see a Great Pumpkin of the Peanuts TV special variety. // 1410 Belvedere Dr., Fredericksburg
September 11-October 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Fall Festival welcomes you to pick pumpkins, explore the farm, buy apple cider, feed the animals, and have a fall picnic. On weekends, enjoy delicious meals and snacks from local vendors that include Sunken Well Tavern Barbecue, Nance’s Pizza Over, and Three Ladies Homemade Pickles. 18294 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg
October 2-31, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Pumpkin decorating, hay rides, a sunflower walk, and a corn maze add to the post-pumpkin picking fun at this Fall Festival. And don’t miss out on the Braehead Farm BBQ, offering some gluten-free items. 1130 Tyler St., Fredericksburg
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