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
7691 Richmond Road, Toano
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
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