The pick of the pumpkin patch

What's one of the best things about fall? Pumpkin picking! The Tidewater Review recently asked readers on its Facebook page to name the best pumpkin patches around. Here's the top picks, plus a few others.

Holly Fork Pumpkin Patch

4901 Holly Fork Road, Barhamsville

804-366-6349 or 757-566-0729

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays, except for Columbus Day.

Holly Fork provides SOL-based educational lessons, gourd/pumpkin painting parties, and birthday parties. And, don't forget about the Annual Harvest Hoedown on October 19 from 11 a.m – 4 p.m. The festival will include a moon bounce, hay rides, mechanical bull riding, a great selection of vendors, and yummy food, as well as an "Antique Fire Truck, Vintage Tractor Show" ( enter yours!),  Blue Grass band,  pumpkin painting area, game area, picnic area, and much more.

For more information, visit www. hollyforkproduceandmore.com

Pumpkinville

7691 Richmond Road, Toano

(7577) 869-9751

Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

In addition to its pumpkin patch, the farm offers free hayrides, a cornfield maze and children's games. Shoppers also can buy additional fall decorations, such as wooden cutouts, arts and crafts, bundles of cornstalks and bales of hay.

For more information, visit http://www.pumpkinville.net

Lightning Ridge Farm

10321 New Kent Highway, New Kent

804-966-2472

Hours: Monday-Sunday, sunrise to sunset

Lightning Ridge Farm grows Mammoth Gold pumpkins, which are edible, unlike jack O' lantern pumpkins, and can be made into breads and pies. Pumpkin prices range from $1-7, the same prices as they were 40 years ago when the Smith family started the small family farm. The pumpkins are now being grown by the third generation. The farm also has cows, which are always a crowd pleaser.

College Run Farm

2051 Alliance Road, Surry