Ahhhhh…..Fall is finally upon us. Bonfires. Football games. Crisp air….and pumpkin EVERYTHING. Pumpkin is definitely a season more than a vegetable around this group. Pumpkin scented candles, pumpkin muffins, and of course, wait in line for that first, delicious pumpkin spice latte.
If you’re as excited about pumpkin season as we are, you know that a big part of this season is picking your own pumpkin. We are blessed here in Dayton to have an abundance of family farms to choose from. This list is in no way exhaustive and I’d encourage you to comment on your family’s favorite place below if it’s not featured. These are just a few of our local favorites!
Make sure you check out our other Fall Guides as well.
Tuken's Orchard & Farm Market
Are you looking for FRESH? Then you can’t go wrong this Fall at Tuken’s Orchard & Farm Market! Pumpkin patch is easy to access with all sizes of pumpkins, plus a large variety of autumn decor! Gourds, Indian corn, acorn squash, and pumpkins – everything you need to make your Fall heart happy. While you are there, check out the “Critter Corral”, navigate the kid’s patch just next to the petting zoo, visit the corn maze (20-ft tall corn stalks!), and stop by their farm market store for even more delicious goodies to take home. Freshly picked vegetables and a plethora of their own fruit preserves, pickles, sauces, & healthy snacks and even an old-fashioned candy counter. Tuken’s will begin harvesting their pumpkins at the beginning of September. All pumpkins (pick your own or pre-picked) are priced by weight. Wagons are available free of charge.
10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
Mom Tip – Tuken’s is also a great destination for U-Pick Apples in the Fall! Weekdays are less crowded and a good time to visit. Visit their Facebook page for all the details on picking pumpkins and apples and on their petting zoo!
Kleather’s Pumpkin Patch
90 W. Central Avenue; Springboro
Located in the heart of Springboro, this family (one of our very own team Mamas, in fact!) farm truly makes its visitors feel like a part of their family. If you’re looking for charm and a great place to take little ones, this is the place to go. Don’t want to tramp through fields? Kleather’s has pre-picked pumpkins, gourds, fresh flowers, and other fall decorations laid out so that you can “pick your own” without having to literally pick your own.
Mom Tip: Bring a camera. Kleather’s is home to a giant pumpkin carriage and pumpkin train, perfect for a great fall family picture! Plus, make sure you grab one of their famous cidar slushies.
Iron’s Fruit Farm
1640 Stubbs Mill Road; Lebanon
Last weekend in September and all weekends in October
Take a hayride (between 11am-5pm) out to the pumpkin patch where you can grab that perfect pumpkin and some awesome gourds. Make sure you get a ticket to enjoy the corn maze while you are out there. They change it every year and it’s always a good time. Snag a coupon for dollar off!
Mom Tip: Make sure you stop into their store to purchase an apple fritter… they are AMAZING!
3779 St. Route 132; Clarksville
Saturday & Sunday 12pm-6pm
Pick the perfect pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch; take an Adventure Wagon Ride with professional theater actors; find your way through the Corn Maze; pet and brush the friendly Farm Animals and Ride a Pony; play a round of Clodhopper Golf or try your skills at Giant Slingshots and Archery.
Mom Tip: Plan your visit around lunch to take advantage of the home cooked goodness in the Farm Kitchen Cafe.
Hidden Valley Orchard Fruit Farm
5474 N St. Route 48; Lebanon
Pumpkin & Cidar Festival
Weekend festivals featuring our favorite HVO crops will always headline with a supporting cast of family farm fun, face painting, delicious food and exciting entertainment.
Mom Tip: Follow their Facebook page for the latest on all of their special activities and festivals this season.
Young’s Jersey Dairy
6880 Xenia Springfield Rd. (Route 68), Yellow Springs
September 18 – October 31
With pumpkins, mini-golf, a barn full of animals, and ice cream, Young’s Jersey Dairy is a great place to take your family to get a pumpkin if you’re looking to make a day out of it. Small pumpkins available for $3 or less, or wagon ride to pumpkin patch which is $9 per pumpkin or 3/$24. Large selection of gourds and Indian corn for decorations as well!
Mom Tip: Try to go on a weekday or early in the season. Young’s is very popular and can get crowded.
4590 US Route 68, Yellow Springs
Pumpkin crop prediction had not been announced at time of publication.
Peifer’s is open daily from 10am-6pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm & Sundays 11am-5pm
It’s a charming family farm featuring a variety of fresh produce and sweet, knowledgeable staff who would be happy to tell you more about their working farm. Check their website for what produce is available as the season changes.
Mom Tip: You don’t want to miss this charming orchard. Pick up some local honey while you’re there. You won’t be sorry.
Brumbaugh Fruit Farm
6420 Arcanum-Hollansburg Rd. Arcanum
Saturdays 11am-7pm & Sundays 12pm-7pm
Located in Arcanum, Brumbaugh’s is worth the trip for a fun-filled family experience. $10 per person (kids under 3 are free) gets you unlimited access to the “fun farm.” Some highlights include storybook forest, zipline, slide, corn maze, and hamster wheels. The fee includes a hayride to the pumpkin field, but pumpkins cost extra.
Mom Tip: Brumbaugh’s features an awesome bakery and a few food items, but if you plan to let your kids stay and play all afternoon, packing a lunch might be a good idea!
Tom’s Maze and Pumpkin Farm
4881 Germantown-Liberty Road; Germantown
September 10th – October 30th
Thursday 12pm-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12pm-10pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm
Their corn maze is a one of a kind experience which has been nominated for awards. Pumpkins are pre-picked and priced for sale in the market area.
Mom Tip: Coupons can be found HERE
2393 Ohio Rt. 202, Troy
Hayride (weekends only) and pumpkin patch open September 15th – October 31st
Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm; Friday-Sunday 9am-5pm
Renowned for its strawberries, sweet corn, and pumpkins, Fulton Farms is your one-stop shop for all things fresh this fall. Featuring a hayride to and from the pumpkin patch, Fulton Farms is a great place to pick your own pumpkin.
Mom Tip: Fulton Farms has lots of farm fresh produce besides pumpkins to choose from. Check their website for a list of what’s in season and what you can expect to find.