Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch – More Than Just Pumpkins
Every fall since my son was born, we have taken a trip out to one of Frederick’s many pumpkin patches as our annual get-pumpkins-to-carve-for-Halloween tradition. When our son was a baby, we went to Summer’s Farm in Frederick. During the fall season, Summer’s Farm has a ton of kids activities, tractor rides, and of course pumpkins. After that first year, we decided to try out Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch in Middletown, Maryland. Like all of the other area pumpkin patches, Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch is so much more than just pumpkins. As a matter of fact, Jumbo’s was given the title of one of America’s best pumpkin patches in 2012 by msn.com. See the article HERE. We figured, why mess with a good thing? So we have gone to Jumbo’s every year since then.
We have stuck with Jumbo’s year after year because of the gorgeous views and the fact that it isn’t expensive (no entrance fee and no fee for the hayrides) or overly crowded. If you are looking for hours on end of activities for the kids and lots of people, Jumbo’s probably wouldn’t be your first choice. But if you’re looking to pet some cute animals, let your kids play on the playground for a little while, and then take a fun tractor ride out to the corn maze and the pumpkin patch, Jumbo’s is the place for you.
Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch is located on the 131 acre Huffer Family Farm. which was purchased by the family in 1870. Jumbo’s began in 1994 with a roadside wagon and 1 1/2 acres of pumpkins. They now have 20 acres of pick-your-own pumpkins. In addition to free Friday through Sunday hayrides to the pumpkin patch, they also offer a petting zoo, pony rides, a concession stand (here’s the MENU), and shopping for handcrafted items in the Craft Attic, which boasts 3,000 square feet of holiday shopping. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can take a hayride out to the corn maze.
You can also hold your child’s birthday party at Jumbo’s. While we were there, there was a birthday party going on in their pavilion near the playground. The birthday party had their own tractor ride out to the pumpkin patch. Click HERE for more information on planning birthday parties as well as other group package deals.
Admission to the 15 acre themed corn maze is just $5. This year’s theme is ‘Fairy Tale Trails’. This is their first year that they’ve offered wrist bands so that you can return to the corn maze as many times as you’d like. Their website has a buy 3, get 1 free coupon that you can print out HERE.
If you want to try something different, they offer a ride out to the pumpkin patch in a horse pulled wagon. These horses are beautiful. I thought they were Clydesdale horses, but they are actually Belgian horses. I couldn’t find the price of the horse pulled wagon ride on their website, but you can call them at 301-371-6874 to get more information.
Once you pick the perfect pumpkin or pumpkins (and a couple ears of corn from the corn stalks), you hitch a ride back on one of the hay rides back to the barn where you pay for your pumpkins and can even pick up a few more (they have wagons you can borrow to carry them out to your car). The barn has an abundance of pre-picked pumpkins, gourds, mums, fall decorations and gift ideas.
As usual, we had a great time. The kids absolutely loved petting the animals, playing on the playground, and picking corn and pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. The adults loved the relaxing tractor ride out to the pumpkin patch and the amazing scenery that Middletown Valley has to offer.
So, if you’re reading this post and you live nearby, go to Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch before they close for the season. They’re open daily through October 31st.