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The 2015 Area Pumpkin Patches Guide, Sponsored by Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau

Sep 17, 2015 03:57PM ● By Kevin

The leaves are beginning to turn here in Central Pennsylvania and will soon be canvassing our lawn and streets with their beautiful colors. The stores are filling with Halloween candy, costumes, decorations, and best of all - fall/pumpkin flavors (can we mention coffees and beers?)

We'll soon wish to paint or carve our pumpkins and prepare for trick-or-treating. Fall is quickly approaching! As the seasons begin to change once again, we want to make sure all of your plans are accommodated. So, get your carving tools out and plug these area spots into your GPS so you can find the biggest and best pumpkins in all the land.

We searched far and wide for some well-known, pick-your-own pumpkin patches in Pennsylvania. Below are 10 family-friendly spots to consider, sponsored by Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau.

Northumberland County

Kohl's Stony Hill Tree Farm - Milton, PA

The pumpkin patch opened on Sept. 18. Fun activities include the corn cannon and pumpkin chunkin! Hours are Fridays, 4-9 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sundays, noon - 7 p.m. Other hours can be accommodated by appointment only. The patch will also be open on Columbus Day.

Kohl’s Stony Hill Tree Farm got its start as a small Christmas tree farm. In 1986, the owners purchased a rundown 39 acre farm that surprisingly had about 2000 evergreen trees planted in one of the fields. The first year, they decided to cut some of the trees in an effort to sell them at their grandparents farm market (Kohl’s Market) located along route 147 about 3 miles north of Northumberland. In 2002, Kohl’s Stony Hill Tree Farm initiated the largest edition to the farm with the construction of a 4,800 sq. ft. Christmas Shoppe. Here, they make all of their fresh wreaths (in sizes 6" to 48"), centerpieces, cemetery blankets and headstone bouquets. In 2006, they began making and supplying wreaths to "Wreaths for Warriors", a local effort to place wreaths on cemeteries in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties to honor our local heroes. The Pumpkin Patch first opened in 2013.

Union County

Ard's Farm - Lewisburg, PA

Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch run every Saturday and Sunday from now until Oct. 31, from noon until 4pm. Must be in line by 3:30 pm. Rides are $5 per person and includes one pumpkin. Pumpkins are also available for purchase at the market everyday.

Ard's Farm Restaurant features famous burgers, pulled pork, great sandwiches, and a daily buffet. The market is well known for our hand-dipped chocolates and many local food choices.

Columbia County

Rohrbach's Farm Market Bakery & Gift Shop - Catawissa, PA

Pick-your-own pumpkins open Sept. 19, starting at 10:30 a.m. with a 60 year celebration and recognition for being family owned and operated business, ribbon cutting for the corn maze opening. Everyone is invited! On Sept. 25 and 26, Flashlight Night opens at the corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkins is available. Pick-your-own pumpkins available Oct. 2 (3-7 p.m.), Oct. 3 (11 a.m. - 7 p.m.), and Oct. 8 (11 a.m. - 7 p.m.).

The Pumpkin Fall Festival begins Oct. 9 and 10, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with Saturday Free Entertainment: Avenue E (80s Music): shows at 1, 3 and 5 p.m., and continues on Columbus Day (11 a.m. - 7 p.m.), Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31. Friday hours are 3-7 p.m. and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Rohrbach’s recognizes families with special needs on Oct. 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. "[These families] should have the opportunities to plan a family night out! This night will be a special invitation to special needs families. More details to come."

Retherford's Village Produce and Antiques - Benton, PA

A family owned farm stand with a passion for what they grow! The produce stand has fresh-picked apples, unique pumpkins, hardy mums, tomatoes, fall decor and so much more. The stand is open from 9 a.m. until dark, 7 days a week.

September and October festivities include pumpkin painting, kids games, wagon rides, Fort Retherford, a pumpkin truck, photo areas, wonderful concessions, small live animals - all leaving way for endless fall memories.

In November/December: Wreaths, swags, and cute decor for sale!

Special events include:

Oct. 10,11, & 12- PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Sept. 19th & Oct. 3 & 10- The John and Sandy Kogut Band

Oct. 10- Penn State extension group and Benton FFA will be holding a food and nutrition demonstration

Lycoming County

The Green Barn Berry Farm - Muncy, PA

In the fall, the farm offers pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, and family oriented activities for all ages. The country market carries seasonal items at this time. Pumpkins are sold in September and October. You-pick hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Located in Central Pennsylvania, along the Susquehanna River, The Green Barn Berry Farm offers a little over ten acres of pick your own berry bliss. The farm is family owned and operated and has been in business for 60 years. Previously, the farm was known as the Ralph and Edna Styer Farm. The fields are easily accessible and pickers of all ages are welcome.

Adams County

Swartz's Pumpkin Patch - Biglerville, PA

Pumpkins available September through November. Since moving to Arendtsville in 1997, the farm has grown its operation. In 2011, they started attending a local farmers' market. Since then, they've grown to four local markets and one each in Baltimore and College Park, MD. The main growing season is in late May with strawberry harvest. Folks come from near and far, many returning every year, to enjoy Swartz's berries. Families bring their children to experience strawberry picking and to enjoy the outdoors. From early July thru mid-September, they have tomatoes and sweet corn available for your evening meal, picnic, or canning and freezing needs.  

Fall is very busy as 10 different kinds of pumpkins and gourds are harvested. They also have ornamental corn bundles and corn shocks to help with your fall decorating needs.

York County

Paulus Orchards - Dillsburg, PA

Poke around the Pumpkin Patch this fall. Paulus has pumpkins for carving and fall decor, as well as pumpkins for cooking. The Pumpkin Patch is a fall favorite with families — they find photos of kids and pumpkins popping up on their social media throughout the season. And, watch Facebook for details of fall photo contests! Fun activities and attractions for kids of all ages! Take a peak at what’s included in PlayLand at Paulus Orchards!

Credit cards are most definitely accepted. And the farm now offers educational school tours, pick-your-own fruits, birthday parties, festivals, corn maze and PlayLand, and a commercial kitchen where we make lots of homemade treats.

Centre County

Way Fruit Farm - Port Matilda, PA

Pumpkins are sole from September to October. There's also a fall festival in October that you can get a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch and pick a pumpkin from the field yourself.

Every year Way Fruit Farm hosts a Fall Festival on the 2nd and 3rd Saturday's of October, from 9am-4pm. The Festival is a great time to come out with family or friends and take a free wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch and pick just the pumpkin you want. There is also numerous other things to do at the festival. There is an apple slingshot, over a dozen crafters, a petting zoo and other activities to enjoy. Food is provided by a local Lions Club and baked goods including apple dumplings are available. The best part of it all is that 10% of all the earning's on both Saturday's will go to an orphange in the Dominican Republic. So come in join us this October in this annual tradition and have a great time with your family and friends.

Dauphin County

Strites Orchard - Harrisburg, PA

Hours are 8 a.m .to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. U-pick hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

The Strite family has been farming in the Harrisburg area since 1843.  The first fruit trees and vegetables were planted by Joseph C. Strite in 1914.  His son Earl would eventually join him in the business and over time expand the farm to over 250 acres.  Earl sold his produce at markets in the city of Harrisburg and door to door in nearby Hummelstown.  In 1950 the original market was opened on the farm.  Earl's sons Joe and Tom joined their father on the farm and expanded vegetable plantings and added greenhouse operations.  All three received the honor of being named Master Farmers over the course of their careers.  In 1994 a new farm market and bakery were built and the farm was expanded to 300 acres.  2011 will be the inaugural year for our CSA which will allow us to deliver produce throughout the greater Harrisburg area to participating members.  Current family members actively involved on the farm are brothers Joe and Tom, wives Sharon and Sheryl, and children Jon, Matt, and Steph.

Lancaster County

Country Barn - Lancaster, PA

Wagon rides to the pumpkin patch will run Saturdays and Sundays (& Fridays in October) from Sept. 12 to Oct. 31 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)!  Wagon rides are included with your Barnyard Kingdom Admission, so just catch a wagon at the Market!

 Closed Monday through Thursday (Except Labor Day & Columbus Day: Open 11 AM- 5 PM)
(Always Weather Permitting)

 One Price Admission ** Includes 30+ Farm Fun Activities **
Age 2 and Under = FREE
** Last Admission is One Hour prior to close **

Groups of 20 or more, please call for special pricing and reservations.

Fall Throttle in the Susquehanna River Valley

Autumn officially begins on Sept. 23. It’s never too early to think of planning fall trips and getaways to cooler weather in the Susquehanna River Valley. Fall enthusiasts can learn about all the fall fun in the Susquehanna River Valley by going to

From the landing page, visitors view a carousel of three stunning fall images that link to pages that showcase different aspects of fall in the Susquehanna River Valley.

Viewers are provided with a list of fall activities to discover and explore through hotlinks and images. From here residents and visitors can capture more information on area festivals and fairs, outdoor recreation, fall foliage tours and photography tips, plus the top 10 things to enjoy this fall in the Susquehanna River Valley. Two YouTube videos from the Bureau’s YouTube channel showcases the beauty of the fall season in Pennsylvania.

Other features include 4 Reasons to Visit Central PA this Fall:  colorful fall foliage, family-fun festivals and corn mazes, cooler-weather outdoor recreation and awesome wineries [showcasing our new winery video] during harvest season.

Fall foliage driving and bicycling tours [with Google maps] are showcased. And for those eager to know when to come to view the River Valley’s amazing colors, fall foliage forecasts are provided from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Farmer’s Almanac.

Information provided by the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau. For more information, click here.

Columbia-Montour: While You're Here, See Some Covered Bridges!

Covered bridges symbolize small-town America. Picturesque and sentimental, “kissing bridges” recall a time when life was simpler and closer to the land.  Covered bridges complement autumn leaves and autumn emotions. Photogenic and often remote from the Interstate Highways and cities of the twentieth century, covered bridges lure the explorer to find the little streams and dirt roads that the twentieth century has almost passed by.

With 25 covered bridges, Columbia and Montour Counties boasts the third largest concentration of these bridges in Pennsylvania. On a yearly basis, visitors from all over the world come and admire the antiqued craftsmanship used to construct these spans. No two covered bridges are alike and each one has its own history, personality, and story to tell.

Columbia County is home to one of the only two remaining twin covered bridges in the country, located in Forks. The twin covered bridges, also known as the East and West Paden Bridges, are Columbia County’s prized covered bridges. Visit the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau’s welcome centers for a driving map to tour our covered bridges. The Visitors Bureau’s app also includes history and directions to each bridge. Find out more at 

Since 2011, the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau has produced a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring one of our covered bridges. This year’s puzzle released in September is the Esther Furnace Covered Bridge. The Esther Furnace Spans the North Branch of Roaring Creek in Cleveland Township, Columbia County. It is on Twp. Rte. 373, in proximity to 3003, south of Catawissa. This bridge was built in 1881 by C.W. Eves at a cost of $1,044.75. It is named after the Esther Furnace which was built in 1817 to smelt iron. This year’s photo was taken by Margie Hunsinger. Margie was the winner of the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau’s 2015 Covered Bridge Puzzle Photo Contest. She is an amateur photographer from Catawissa and a member of the Susquehanna Women's Imaging Society. Wandering local highways and byways searching for eye catching photo opportunities is a favorite activity of hers. Margie says her biggest challenge is presenting everyday objects in a unique way.

The puzzles retails for $12, tax included. A donation of $2 from every puzzle sold will be made by the Bureau to the Columbia County Covered Bridge Association. Puzzles may be purchased at either Visitors Bureau Welcome Center (Columbia County: 121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg; Montour County: 316 Mill Street, Danville).  For more information, or to order your puzzle over the phone (shipping charges will be added), please call 1-800-847-4810.

Information provided by the COlumbia-Montour Visitors Bureau. For more information, click here.

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