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 area agreat way to start your family tradition of picking pumpkins each fall.

Pumpkin Picking Tips

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.

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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 2020 due to a freeze on Mother’s Day weekend.

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. For 2020 they have two pumpkin patches.

Due to COVID social distancing restrictions, you need to sign up for a u-pick time in advance.

Even better, if you visit in October and wear your Halloween costume to the farm you will get a 10% discount on decorative pumpkins. If the whole family is in costume and takes a photo for their Facebook page you will get 15% off.

Everyone on the farm needs to wear a mask, keep a 6′ distance from those not in your household, and stay home if they have symptoms or are ill.

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 2020, admission needs to be purchased online in advance for a specific time slot. They have added handwashing and sanitation stations. They will be sanitizing the hayride wagon and cow train between rides.

At a Glance

Address: 6175 Daly Rd, Dexter
Hours: Friday 5-10p, Saturday 11a-10p, Sunday 11a-8p. Closed weekdays
Admission:
$10/Adult, $7/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.

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.

Masks are required indoors and on hayrides and train rides.Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the farm

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/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.

Everyone is asked to wear a mask at all times. They are required at group locations (waiver station, admissions booth, sales area, wagon rides) and maintain 6′ between your family and other guests/staff. Please use sanitizer stations at every attraction and wash hands often. Wagons will be sanitized before and after each ride.

At a Glance

Address: 50240 Martz Rd, Belleville
Hours: 10a-4p Select Fridays, 10a-6p Saturdays & Sundays (Closes early 10/31 & 11/1)
Admission:
$12/Fridays, $15/Saturdays & Sundays, Free/Kids 23 months & under
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 7. Beginning Friday, September 27 they will also be open Wednesday-Fridays. 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 on the weekend in 2020) 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.

There are several social distancing changes for 2020. Some of the activities are not being offered. Tickets must be bought online in advance for timed entry.

Wiard’s also operates Night Terrors on Fridays, and Saturdays from September 19 through September 30 and Thursday-Sunday from October 1-November 1.. 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: 11a-5:30p Wednesdays-Sundays
Admission:
Saturday & Sunday: $20/Person, Wednesday-Friday: $135/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 (but not in 2020 as Plymouth Orchards is not open).

They opened for the season on September 12. 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: 9a-6p on Opening Day
Admission:
Free
Payments Accepted: Cash Only
Pumpkin Patch/Field:
Patch
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. However, they are not offering htem in 2020 to promote social distancing.

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. In the past they have offered a hayride to the pumpkin patch for u-pick. However, for 2020 they are only offering private family hayrides due to social distancing.

At a Glance

Address: 4570 Huron River Parkway
Hours: Daily in October: 10a-2p Weekdays, noon-4p Weekends
Admission:
Vehicle Admission ($10/Day, $35/Year)
Payments Accepted:
Pumpkin Patch/Field: Patch
Other Activities: Hayride (family charters for 2020), Farm Center, Nature Center,



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Plymouth Orchard & Cider Mill – Not Open for 2020

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).

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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