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Ann Arbor Pumpkin Patches

The Best Pumpkin Patches in Ann Arbor

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Are you looking for the best Ann Arbor Pumpkin Patches? There are several great options around town – some that we have visited and others that readers recommended over the years. These pumpkin patches are a great way to start your family tradition of picking pumpkins each fall.

Pumpkin Picking Tips

Pumpkin picking is largely an outdoor, distanced activity making it a pandemic friendly activity.

First we have a few tips before you head out to the pumpkin patch.

  • If it has been raining, wear boots or shoes to get wet.
  • If you are picking in a patch, baby wipes work to clean the pumpkins.
  • Bring an old blanket or a tarp to put under the pumpkins in the car.
  • Bring cash. Many farms don’t take credit.
  • Make sure to bring face masks for use during checkout, hay rides, and any time you are in close proximity to others outside your household.

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Ann Arbor Pumpkin Patches

What is your pumpkin patch personality? Do you want an actual patch where the pumpkins have grown, or a field that has had pumpkins placed in it? Do you want other activities or just the patch? Depending on which you want, will determine what the best pumpkin patch is for your family.

Most pumpkin patches open in late September or early October.


Wasem Fruit Farm

Personally, Wasem is my favorite no-frills, Pumpkin Patch. After stopping in the main building to get directions to the pumpkin patch, you can drive out to the patch. Once in the patch, you can find your pumpkins and load them in the car. Once you finish, drive back to the main building and have your pumpkins weighed and pay. Don’t forget the cider and donuts. We also stock up on their popcorn kernels every year. We go through 2+ gallons in a year.

Pumpkin Patch at Wasem Fruit Farm

Weekday afternoons are a great time to visit. – or try AAPS’s asynchronous day on Wednesday They typically are not crowded.

In addition to pumpkins, Wasem offers apple picking. Apples are in short supply in 2021 due to spring weather. At this time (September 30), they no longer have u-pick apples – but may open some later in the season.

At a Glance

Address: 6580 Judd Rd, Milan
Hours: Vary by u-pick availability. As of 9/21: Wednesadys 10a-6p, Thursdays-Sundays 9a-6p
Admission:
Free
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Patch
Payments Accepted: Cash/Card
Other Products: Cider, Donuts, Popcorn, Pumpkins, More



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Slow Farm

Slow Farm offers u-pick pumpkins. As of September 30, they are not yet picking pumpkins. Their last update was on September 17.

At a Glance

Address: 4700 Whitmore Lake Rd, Ann Arbor
Hours: Fridays noon-2p; Saturdays & Sundays 9a-3p;
Admission: Free
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Patch
Payments Accepted: Cash/Card
Other Products: Farmstand, Squash, tomatoes, beets, rainbow chard, corn, eggplant, flowers, cherries, kale, tomatillos, peppers, sage, raspberries





Blast Corn Maze

Don’t let the name fool you, Blast Corn Maze also offer lots of family fun including a pumpkin patch. In addition to their pumpkin patch and corn maze, there is a lot of other activities. 2018 was our first year to visit Blast Corn Maze.  We skipped the pumpkin patch because we were there after dark.

Blast Corn Maze - Maze Entrance

Be sure to check out our review of Blast Corn Maze.

For 2021, admission needs to be purchased online in advance for a specific time slot. They have added handwashing and sanitation stations.

At a Glance

Address: 6175 Daly Rd, Dexter
Hours: Friday 5-10p, Saturday 11a-10p, Sunday 11a-8p. Closed weekdays
Admission:
$12/Adult, $9/Kids age 5-12, Free/Kids 4 & under – Must buy time specific ticket in advance online
Payments Accepted: Cash Only, ATM on site
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Patch
Other Activities: Corn Maze, Corn Pit, Animals, Pedal Cars, Cow Train, Duck Races, More



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Wing Farm

Wing Farm is a working farm. Stop in and get your pumpkins. They also have fresh turkeys available for Thanksgiving. We have not been to Wing Farm, but it has been recommended by readers as a no-frills pumpkin patch.

They opened for the 2021 season on Friday, September 24.

At a Glance

Address: 5335 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd, Ann Arbor
Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10a-6p. Closed Mondays-Thursdays.
Admission:
Free
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Patch
Other Activities: Free Hayrides to patch on Saturdays and Sundays (every hour on the hour)



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Three Cedars Farm

Three Cedars Farm in Northville is frequently recommended by my readers. It has all the frills of a Cider Mill, Corn Maze, and more with u-pick pumpkins

They are offering a weekend drive through for Cider and donuts. But pumpkins are not available at the drive-through.

At a Glance

Address: 7897 Six Mile Rd, Northville
Hours: Friday/Saturday 10a-10p, Sunday-Thursday 10a-8p
Admission:
Free. Fee for Corn Maze ($5), Hayrides ($5/person, $10/family), Train Rides ($4/person)
Payments: Cash/Check only. ATM on site.
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Patch
Other Activities: Corn Maze, Hayrides, Train Rides, Barn Playland



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DeBuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

DeBuck’s Corn Maze is another pumpkin patch with all the frills. Enjoy their variety of activities including a corn maze, wagon rides, and lots of play activities.

The Family Fun area includes Bounce Pads, Human Foosball, Punchin Pumpkins, Tire Play Area, Pedal Trike Races, Pedal Go Carts, Swings, Super Slide and more.

At a Glance

Address: 50240 Martz Rd, Belleville
Hours: 10a-4p Select Fridays, 10a-6p Saturdays & Sundays (Closes early 10/31 & 11/1)
Admission:
$18 (Under 2 Free)
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Patch
Other Activities: Wagon Rides, Corn Maze, Human Foosball, Campfire, Bouncing Pad, Corn Boxes, Tire Play Area, Duck Races, Pedal Go Carts, Super Slide, Barrel Train Rides, and More



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Wells Pumpkin Farm

Wells Pumpkin Farm is a great option if you just want want to grab a pumpkin and go.

At a Glance

Address: 3801 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor
Hours: 10a-7p Daily
Admission:
Free
Payments Accepted: Cash/Check only.
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Farm Stand
Other Activities: None





Wiard’s Orchard

Wiard’s Orchard and Country Fair combines u-pick fruit with the activities of a country fair. The Country Fair opens on weekends starting Saturday, September 11. They close for the season on October 31.

In addition to offering u-pick pumpkins, they also offer family fun with corn maze, playgrounds, slides, inflatables, mini-golf and more. The downside is the admission price. Apple and Pumpkin picking are only for Country Fair guests (no apples for 2021) at an additional cost. We only visited the market at Wiard’s (once), and never their orchard or Country Fair, largely due to the cost. Our visit was around lunchtime on a Sunday and the parking lot was crowded for the Country Fair.

Tickets must be bought online in advance for timed entry.

Wiard’s also operates Night Terrors on Fridays, and Saturdays from September 18 through October 31. I recommend Night Terrors for tweens, teens, and adults. While they are taking COVID-19 distancing precautions, the CDC does classify haunted houses as a high risk activity.

At a Glance

Address: 5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti
Hours: 10a-6p Wednesday-Friday, 11a-6p Saturday & Sunday
Admission:
Saturday & Sunday: $21.25/Person, Wednesday-Friday: $16/Person. Kids under 2 are always free
Payments Accepted: Cash/Credit. No checks
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Patch
Other Activities: Play Areas, Corn Mazes, Swings, Slides, Hay Stacks, Pedal Tractors, Mini-Golf & much more.



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Denny’s U-Pick Pumpkin

Denny’s UPick Pumpkins has been recommended by a reader. While they are a no-frills patch, they are near Plymouth Orchards. After getting your pumpkins at Denny’s you can hop over to Plymouth Orchards for cider and donuts. This year they say they have a corn maze as well.

They opened for the season on September 19. They listed their hours that day as 9a-6p, but I don’t see any updated hours for the rest of the season.

At a Glance

Address: 4260 Gotfredson Rd, Plymouth
Hours: noon-6p Fridays, 9a-6p on Saturdays & Sundays
Admission:
Free
Payments Accepted: Cash Only
Pumpkin Patch/Field:
Field/Market
Other Activities: None (Plymouth Orchard is nearby)



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Gust Brothers Pumpkin Farm

Gust Brothers is south of Ann Arbor in Ottawa Lake. It is a little further than some of the other farms.

Gust Brothers typically offers hayrides on the weekends. After skipping them in 2020 due to social distancing, they are back in 2021. (Note: They may have to cancel hay rides after rain while the farm dries out).

They also offer fresh u-cut flowers

At a Glance

Address: 13639 Mulberry Road, Ottawa Lake
Hours: 9a-7p Daily
Admission:
Free
Payments Accepted: Cash & Checks Only. ATM On Site
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Patch
Other Activities: Farm Animals, Food, U-Pick Vegetables



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Kensington Metro Park

Kensington Metro Park offers pre-picked pumpkins at the Farm Center.

They offer a hayride to the pumpkin patch for u-pick. Weekend hayrides are horse drawn from noon-4p. Weekend hayrides are tractor drawn.

At a Glance

Address: 4570 Huron River Parkway
Hours: Daily starting October 4: 10a-2p Weekdays, noon-4p Weekends
Admission:
Vehicle Admission ($10/Day, $35/Year). Hayrides: $5/adult, $3/child (3-12) & senior (62+)
Payments Accepted:
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Patch
Other Activities: Farm Center, Nature Center,



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Plymouth Orchard & Cider Mill

Plymouth Orchard was the first place we took my daughter to get a pumpkin at 9 months old. As a baby who loved walking while holding your hand, having the pumpkins in a field instead of a patch was perfect for her. She also got her first taste of my caramel apple (just the apple part after I ate away the caramel).

After being closed for 2020, they have reopened for 2021.

At a Glance

Address: 10685 Warren Rd, Plymouth
Hours: Daily 9a-7p
Admission:
Free
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Field
Other Activities: Hay Bale Maze, Wagon Rides, Animals, Cider & Donuts, Live Music on weekends




Grocery Stores

Of course many local grocery stores carry pumpkins at this time of year. While it isn’t the same experience, I have bought a grocery store pumpkin instead of having none.

Pumpkin Carving Tips

Timing

Don’t carve your pumpkin too early. Once it is carved it starts to rot much faster.

It seems like I wait too long every year. We are always rushing to carve our pumpkin at the last minute. I remember carving on Halloween afternoon with my 20 month old between the Main Street Trick or Treat and heading out in the neighborhood.

Decorating Tips

For carving I find a knife easier than the pumpkin carving kits. But the kits are great if you want a pattern instead of a jack o’lantern face.

A few years ago, my daughter decided to use cookie cutters to outline her jack o’lantern face. She used pumpkins for the eyes and a bat for the nose. While the cookie cutters were not able to cut through the pumpkin skin, they did provide a good outline to trace with the knife.


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Other Options

We have some favorite ways to decorate our pumpkin without carving. We have a Mrs Potato Head Princess Pumpkin kit. This is very easy because you don’t need to hollow out the pumpkin first.

We also have what I call the “Lite Brite” pumpkin kit. There are pegs similar to Lite Brite that you pound into the pumpkin in a pattern. The “Lite Brite” kit still requires you to clean out the pumpkin guts.

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