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Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes: Susquehanna Life's Fall 2016 Guide Presented by Swineford National Bank

Sep 28, 2016 03:06PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
As most of you know, Fall is one of the loveliest times of the year in the Susquehanna Valley. The leaves change into bright yellows, oranges, and reds. The weather gets cooler. The coffee gets hotter (and pumpkin-spiced). The trips to the pumpkin patch start. 

There is nothing more fun than hopping in the car and heading to a nearby pumpkin patch. We've put together a few great places to visit, sorted by county, as well as some fun events to consider this Fall, sponsored by Swineford National Bank.

Northumberland County

Kohl's Stony Hill Tree Farm

Contact(570) 437-3442

Location: 3021 Mexico Road, Milton, PA 17847

The pumpkin patch opened on September 18th and is ready for visitors!

Shoot half ears of corn at their talking targets with the Corn Cannon. See how good your aim is or you can challenge your friends for a little competition. 

Try your hands at pumpkin chunking.  Their Pumpkin Chunking slingshot can hurl pumpkins amazing distances while you try to hit the targets in the field.

The fee for the Corn Cannon is .50 and for the Pumpkin Chunkin is .75 a shot. Choose from hundreds of great pumpkins in our Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins are pre-priced.

Visit their website to learn more about their hours and activities. 

Special events include:

Columbus Day in the Corn Maze - start Oct 10 2016 1100AM

Columbus Day in the Corn Maze

Oct 10, 2016 11:00AM

Everything will be open including hayrides and pumpkin patch and Christmas Shoppe. Read More » 

Union County

Ard's Farm

Contact: 570-524-9820

Location 4803 Old Turnpike Rd, Lewisburg, PA 17837

This year marks Ard's Farm's 25th anniversary! What better way to celebrate than a visit to their Corn Maze? You have a choice between the larger maze and a smaller one where you can get to the "roots" of their business by finding your way through Ra-Nan Farms. 

They also have fun activities like a Corn Cannon, a Corn Bin to play in, Punchin' Pumpkin Maze, Ride the Slide, Dig for Fossils, and more. 

Their Maze Park is open Fridays from 5-9pm, Saturdays from 12-9pm, and Saundays from 12-6pm.  

Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch run every Saturday and Sunday from now until October 30 from noon until 4pm. (Must be in line by 3:30.)  Rides are $5.00 per person and includes the pumpkin. Pumpkins are also available for purchase at the market everyday.

For more information about their fun events and Hayrides, you can visit their website

Columbia County

Contact: 570-799-5888

Location: 270 White Church Rd., Elysburg, PA 17824

Pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Fall festival, tractor-pulled hay rides, gift shop, restrooms, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours. 

They also host Fall Festivals all month long from 10-6 Saturdays and Sundays. 

For more information about events and times, you can visit their website

Rohrbach's Farm Market Bakery & Gift Shop

Contact(570) 356.7654

Location: 240 Southern Drive, Catawissa, PA 17820

2016 is the 61st year for Rohrbach’s Farm Market! Rohrbach’s is a family owned and operated working farm and farm market. Currently the third and fourth generation are working together on the farm. The fifth generation is young, but they are starting to be a part of various aspects of the farm work, too. 

View their full history here

Special events include:

Pumpkin Fall Festival - start Oct 01 2016 1100AM

Pumpkin Fall Festival

Oct 1, 2016 11:00AM

Corn Maze, Hayrides, Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Playland, Apple Slingshot and Pony Party Paradise (Pony Rides and Petting Zoo), Rohrbach’s Food Stand and Apple Dumplings. Admission to Corn M... Read More » 

Magical Memories 2nd Annual Fall Fund Raiser at Rohrbachs Farm - start Oct 13 2016 0300PM

Magical Memories 2nd Annual Fall Fund Raiser at Rohrbach's Farm

Oct 13, 2016 3:00PM

Corn Maze, Hayrides, Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Playland, and Apple Slingshot. A portion of the proceeds from Rohrbach’s Farm Market and Freas Farm Winery will all be donated to Magical Memo... Read More » 

  Visit their event page for a full list of events. 

Lycoming County

Carpenter Pumpkin Farm

Contact: (570) 398-2311

Location: 75 Carpenter Ln, Linden, PA 17744

The Carpenter Pumpkin Farm LLC is a family farm founded in 1994. They offer fresh vegetables and 30 different varieties of pumpkins when they are in season. The vegetables are harvested are tomatoes, red beets, string beans, sweet corn, hot and sweet peppers, available in picked or pick your own (PYO).

In September and October they have corn stalks, Indian corn, straw bales and gourds. They also offer Pumpkin Patch Tours when the pumpkins are in season. Bring your birthday party and school group to the family farm for fun, a corn maze, farm animals and fresh vegetables! 

Please contact them for availability of produce at (570) 398-2311, or visit their Facebook page

Adams County

Gray Wolf Plantation

Contact: 717.624.7204

Location149 Forest Drive, New Oxford, PA 17350

Gray Wolf Plantation is an agricultural business that brings quality produce and products to the consumer in an exciting, unusual and personal way. This ranges from family fun, selecting holiday pumpkins and gourds, to the selection of a historically based gift consisting of heirloom apples for that extra special mail order gift.   

Bring the family out this fall and spend the day with them. While you are out on the farm you can enjoy the crisp fall air while you take a free wagon ride, pick out a pumpkin from the "you-pick" field (or from the selection in their store), explore their corn maze, gather fall decorating ideas, or visit their produce stand and gift shop.

They have over 120 tons of pumpkins to choose from and 9 varieties in all sizes. For more information, visit their website

Old Sword Farm


2278 Hanover Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325

This pumpkin patch is already gathered from the field, has a corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, honey from hives on the farm, fresh eggs, a gift shop, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, and more! 

Be sure to give them a call for more info, or visit their Facebook page.

Fields of Adventure at Smithfield Farms

Contact: (888) 677-0093

Location: 64 Tree Lane, Aspers, PA 17304

Searching for a great place for fall family adventure? Look no further than Fields of Adventure. 20+ fun farm attractions and a 7 acre corn maze paired with a  working farm make this an unforgettable trip.

Enter the realm of chivalry and mythical creatures and return to medieval times as the 2016 Knights and Dragons corn maze is on the farm.  

Challenge the twisting pathways. Complete the questions and answers. Find the picture rubbings and decode the secret word.

For more information about hours and attractions, you can visit their website.​

Swartz's Pumpkin Patch

Contact: 717-677-0831

Location: 232 N. High St., Biglerville, PA  17307

Since moving to Arendtsville in 1997, Swartz's Pumpkin Patch has grown their operation to serve the community. Their fall is very busy as they harvest about 10 different kinds of pumpkins and gourds.  They also have ornamental corn bundles and corn shocks to help with your fall decorating needs.

For more information about their pumpkin patch, you can visit their website

Special events include:

Halloween Fun at Hollabaughs - start Oct 29 2016 1000AM

Halloween Fun at Hollabaugh’s!

Oct 29, 2016 10:00AM

Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 10:00am-12:00pm Join us at the market for our annual Halloween event, full of: Ghosts and Ghouls Halloween Games Wagon Rides ($) and our Costume Contes... Read More » 


York County

Barefoot Farm

Contact: (717) 292-1390 

6621 Bluebird Ln, Dover, PA 17315

They welcome you to their family run farm located quaintly on a no outlet lane. Though they are known for their strawberry season, they have a lovely pumpkin patch come fall. Pumpkin season begins the last weekend in Sept. through Oct. Have fun finding your favorite pumpkins and gourds grown on several acres, or pick some fresh sunflowers & broom corn. Hay rides are available for a small fee and kids love playing on the free straw fort. Fall offers apples & cider, as well as fresh baked apple dumpling, hot dogs, chili, nachos etc. served in their ice cream shop.

For more information, you can visit their Facebook page or give them a call. 

Family Tree Farm

Contact: 717.332.6365

Location: 4688 Dairy Road, Red Lion, PA 17356

Family Tree Farm has a mystery to solve in the 3 acre corn maze. Fun for all ages! Farmer Joe is missing and there are seven farm animal suspects that need to be investigated. Players collect all the clues in the corn maze and try to solve the mystery.  Win that "Farm Scene Investigator Badge"!  This will be the third year for this game and it has been a hit! 

More fun and games on the farm include, a straw bale tube slide, play in our corn pools, paint your own pumpkin, dress a scarecrow and the so much fun apple sling shot again this year!

$5.50 admission per person including adults (2 & under free). Lots of mums, corn stalks, indian corn, pumpkins, gourds and fall/Halloween decor available inside.

For more information, visit their website

Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market

Contact: 717-252-2540

Location: 110 Ducktown Rd., Hellam, PA 17406

Flinchbaugh’s Orchard is a fourth-generation family run farm located on the eastern side of York, PA in Hellam Township.  Their Orchard and Farm Market is open year-round to offer you a fresh stock of their own fruits and vegetables, baked items, and a wide variety of specialty foods, gifts and plants.

With so many pumpkins to choose from, all sizes and shapes, you will be sure to find the perfect pumpkins for your Fall decorating and carving! Bring the whole family so everyone can pick out their own pumpkin, then visit our Market for more goodies!

Enjoy their Fun Fest every Saturday from 10am-3:30pm.

Visit their website for more information about their pumpkin patch. 

Centre County

Wasson Farm Market

 Contact: (814) 237-2339

Location: 2545 Shingletown Rd, State College, PA 16801

Wasson Farm Market is family owned and operated. They are a seasonal market offering a range of different produce and other products as the year goes on.

In the fall, the farm features a wide variety of fall decorations during the months of September and October. Also, apples and squash are available for purchase at that time. They also offer hayrides to the pumpkin patch for school and group events. The public can enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch during our Fall Fest weekends.

The farm is currently working on an expansion to a new line of products so check back frequently. 

Visit their website or give them a call for more information. 

Special events include:
Fall Fest at Wasson Farm 2016  - start Oct 08 2016 1030AM

Fall Fest at Wasson Farm 2016!

Oct 8, 2016 10:30AM

Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch, $6 per person (the pumpkin is INCLUDED) pick any size pumpkin you can find. Enjoy homemade soups and apple butter made by steam engine. Soup flavors: -C... Read More » 

Dauphin County

Strites Orchard

Contact: 717-564-3130

Location: 1000 Strites Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

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.

In 1994 a new farm market and bakery were built and the farm was expanded to 300 acres.  2011 marked the inaugural year for their 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.

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.

Feel free to visit their website to learn more. 

Lancaster County

Cherry Crest Farm

Contact: 717-687-6843

Location150 Cherry Hill Rd, Ronks PA 17572

In 1996, Jack and Donna Coleman decided to join the corn maze craze and open an Amazing Maize Maze right here in Paradise, PA. Now, they are one of the longest running corn mazes in the US and the world! The Cherry Crest Farm now offers over 50 other farm fun attractions to entertain and engage you and your kids.

Hours are Thursday 10am to 5pm, Fri & Sat 10am to 10pm Flashlight Maze. They are closed Sunday through Wednesday.

For more information, you can visit their website

Special events include:
Annual Pumpkin Madness Festival - start Nov 05 2016 1200PM

Annual Pumpkin Madness Festival

Nov 5, 2016 12:00PM

How many ways can you demolish a pumpkin? Well Cherry Crest is on a quest to find out. This year the festival falls on Halloween, so we’ll be taking our left over pumpkins and transformin... Read More » 

Country Barn

Contact: (717) 872-1554

Location: 211 S. Donerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17603

The Country Barn Farm Market is one of the most popular pick-your-own pumpkin destinations in Lancaster County. Saturdays & Sundays (and Fridays in October) from September 12 to October 31, you can jump on board one of our wagons and enjoy a ride out to our giant pumpkin patch.

Enjoy the beauty of Lancaster Farmland in the fall, as you explore over 10 acres of pumpkins. Whether you are looking for just one special pumpkin or you plan to bring home a wagon full, you’ll have a great time. They also offer a large variety of already picked pumpkins at our Farm Market. 

Visit their website for more information.

With summer vacation season almost over — and before the holiday rush begins — now is a good time to review your business plans and think about your financial needs, both short and long term. You might need more inventory for the holidays, temporary staffing, an expanded marketing budget, or facility renovations. Maybe you just haven’t paused long enough to take a good look at your plans and resources. Before the holidays, and before tax time rolls around in just a few months, it’s time to look at your business goals to see if you’re on the path to achieving them.     

Now is an excellent time to plan a meeting with an experienced, local commercial banking specialist. Things to consider:

1)    Sharing your needs and goals with a trusted partner will get you better results. A skilled commercial banking specialist considers all of your business needs.

2)    Make sure to review your current banking products and services, including operating accounts, cash flow and liquidity management, investments, employee retirement planning, and more.

3)    An experienced commercial banker is trained to help you determine what additional services might benefit you and explore your options, and should have a strong network of partners and resources in the community. 

If you’re not currently working with a bank that has expertise in commercial banking, and your business has grown over the years, it might be time to look for a bank that has a full array of business services. Many start-up business owners initially open accounts at their personal banks, and that generally works for a time, but a bank that focuses only on personal financial services may no longer meet your growing requirements. But as your business expands, you hire employees, you buy or rent additional space, and your financial needs get more complicated. Going into the busy holiday season without a strong financial plan and the right resources in place could make the holidays an even more stressful time. 

Swineford National Bank is your local commercial banking resource, serving the financial needs of businesses throughout Snyder, Union, and Northumberland counties for more than 110 years, with banking, investment, and trust services available through its affiliate Fulton Financial Advisors and Clermont Wealth Strategies1. Swineford’s community-focused banking enables long-term relationships with customers. And, their local presence means flexibility and timely responses. Each business customer has a dedicated, local relationship manager to call on, and decisions are made locally. Plus, as a member of the Fulton Financial Corporation family, Swineford National Bank is backed by the resources of a larger financial institution. As a proud preferred lender for the Small Business Administration (SBA), Swineford provides a local source of financing tailored to the needs of local businesses.     

As a full-service bank, Swineford’s commercial offerings are complemented by their personal banking services: checking and savings accounts, Money Market accounts, mortgage services, and more. Their affiliation with Fulton Financial means that all of their customers have convenient access to almost 235 neighborhood branches2 and more than 235 no-fee ATMs throughout the Mid-Atlantic.  

As part of their commitment to community, Swineford National Bank supports many local organizations through contributions and sponsorships, and participates in many volunteer efforts. Choosing a financial partner that commits to community impact and economic development in the areas it serves can be an assurance that as a business owner, your institution has your success in mind.  

Now is the perfect time to forge a new financial relationship to help with your continued success in the New Year. 

Content courtesy of Swineford National Bank.

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Swineford National Bank

Swineford National Bank has been listening to and meeting the financial needs of our customers, neighbors and friends in Central Pennsylvania since our beginning in 1903. Named after a... Read More » 

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Loans are subject to credit approval. Deposit and loan products are offered by Swineford National Bank.

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