Because a pandemic is no match for determined pumpkin pickers.

By Maggie Seaver
September 23, 2020
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Praise the gourd! As of now (please don’t change, please don’t change) our most beloved outdoor fall activities remain relatively safe to enjoy amid the pandemic. Since many favorite fall activities, like leaf peeping, apple picking, and pumpkin picking, take place in spacious, al fresco settings, they can accommodate proper ventilation and social distancing practices. Most of the venues open for business this autumn have their own safety measures in place, too—mask requirements, visitor reservations, limited hours—to let you experience the best parts of fall without putting yourself and others in harm’s way.

Among these (still-safe) seasonal highlights is, of course, hitting a local pumpkin patch for a day of pumpkin picking, hay rides, and maybe a nice corn maze to round it all out. With October coming fast around the corner, it would be an understatement to say pumpkin picking is on our minds—we need pumpkins for carving and decorating, making homemade pumpkin puree, munching on toasted pumpkin seeds, and basically making us happy in every possible way. 

If you’re on the hunt for a great pumpkin patch nearby that’s still open this fall, look no further than Yelp’s vetted list containing the best pumpkin patch in every state (except South Dakota, sorry!). 

"We identified businesses in the pumpkin patch and farmer's market categories, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews," Yelp shared in its report. "Each of these pumpkin patches is open for the 2020 season, though opening dates vary, and many are functioning on limited hours and new requirements for guests, like face masks and social distancing."

Sure, you’ll have to do a bit more research and advanced planning this year, but it’ll be worth it. A pumpkin-picking outing—followed by some creative pumpkin carving—sounds like the perfect slice of fall-themed normalcy during an otherwise crazy time, doesn’t it? So bring on the gourds. Here’s where to pick 'em.

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The Best Pumpkin Patch in Every State, According to Yelp

Griffin Farms — West Blocton, Ala. visit the Yelp page 

Rock Creek Farm — Broomfield, Colo. visit the Yelp page 

Plasko's Farm — Trumbull, Conn. visit the Yelp page 

Parsons Farm Produce — Dagsboro, Del. 

Randy's Pumpkin Patch — Lawrenceville, Ga.

Tuttle Orchards — Greenfield, Ind. visit the Yelp page 

Geisler Farms — Bondurant, Iowa visit the Yelp page 

Mulberry Orchard — Shelbyville, Ky. visit the Yelp page 

Summers Farm — Frederick, Md. visit the Yelp page 

Berlin Orchards — Berlin, Mass. visit the Yelp page 

Three Cedars Farm — Northville, Mich visit the Yelp page 

Lazy Acres — Chunky, Miss. visit the Yelp page 

Spring Haven Farm — Chapel Hill, N.C. visit the Yelp page 

Berry's Blooms — Medina, Ohio

Growers Outlet — Portland, Ore. visit the Yelp page 

Milky Way Farm — Chester Springs,, Pa. visit the Yelp page 

Barden Orchards — North Scituate R.I. visit the Yelp page 

Lever Farms — Pomaria, S.C. visit the Yelp page 

Flying Ghost Pumpkin Patch — Nashville, Tenn.

Garden Stop — Taylorsville, Utah 

Orrs Farm Market — Martinsburg, W. Va. visit the Yelp page