There’s no sight more welcoming than a southern front porch lined with a colorful row of North Carolina-grown pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. With Halloween inching nearer and nearer, make an experience out of decorating your porch for the season by visiting a pumpkin patch. Luckily, Chatham County is in no shortage of wonderful farms and patches fresh for the picking! This fall, grab your wheelbarrow and jack-o’-lantern carving kit for a crisp afternoon of seasonal decorating.
Providing pumpkins grown in both Chatham and Alleghany Counties, Phillips Farms in Pittsboro is open for business. If your taste in decor calls for a corn stalk, mums, decorative gourds or hay bales, they have you covered too! Whether you are in the market for a pumpkin or a great picture opportunity, Phillips Farms of Chatham is the perfect setting for both.
Prices range from $0.50 for smaller gourds to $30 for prize-winning pumpkins. Pumpkin sales are located at 7393 US 64 W, Pittsboro, NC.
Fun Fact #1: The word “pumpkin” showed up for the first time in the fairy tale Cinderella. They were first named “gros melons” by a French Explorer in 1584.
Fall Festival at Huckleberry Trail Farm in Siler City runs every Saturday and Sunday from the end of September until October 27th. Open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, enjoy a plethora of fall-themed festivities for all ages. Admission grants you a day full of hayrides, corn mazes, cotton patches and picking pumpkins off the vine!
For an added challenge, try your hand at one of the corn mazes! But don’t worry, you “maize” well take the escape path if you get too turned around. Too corny? On October 19th and October 26th, take your escape to the next level with Huckleberry Trail Farm’s nighttime event – the Escape Maze.
As for the duck races, pumpkin checkers and a variety of old-fashioned games, you’ll find them there too. Pumpkins, decorations and refreshments are sold separately, they are not included in the admission price. There’s so much more in-store: https://huckleberrytrailfarm.com/
Fun Fact #2: Pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antarctica.
Calling all pumpkin fanatics! On Wednesday, October 30th, enjoy a serene walk through Fearrington’s garden paths decorated with pumpkins galore. Pumpkins will be tucked within the gardens throughout the village on October 30th and October 31st.
To add to your evening, reserve a table at the Belted Goat or grab a slice of pizza and a cold draft beer from Roost.
Learn more: https://fearrington.com/pumpkinfest/
Fun Fact #3: The largest pumpkin pie ever baked was in 2005 and weighed 2,020 pounds.
The Fall Farm Festival at Celebrity Dairy will feature a heavy dose of all things fall! On Sunday, October 13th, celebrate with a day on the farm from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Visit with the goats, take a hayride and play some festive lawn games!
Admission to the Fall Farm Festival is $10. Buy your tickets today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-farm-festival-at-celebrity-dairy-tickets-72540900787
Fun Fact #4: The heaviest pumpkin weighed 1,810 pounds and 8 oz and was presented by Chris Stevens at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater, Minnesota, in October 2010.