Pumpkin Patches & Apple Orchards near Pittsburgh

Published On September 23, 2014 | By Nuria Marquez | Lists
Share:
hayrides-fall-festival-Pittsburgh-Trax

Photo credit: Trax Farms

Pumpkin spice lattes, DIY Halloween costumes, cozy sweaters, and carving pumpkins… all your fall favorites. This year, instead of heading to the grocery store for your pumpkin, why not check out these nearby farms with pumpkin patches. We included some orchards too, so you and your friends can drink homemade apple cider during your carving session.

 

 

Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm

This farm has one of the cutest fall festivals around. Their Harvest Festival kicks off on September 27 and continues every weekend till the end of October. They have activities like hay rides, pumpkin picking and corn mazes. Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm is known for their berry picking and if you get there quick enough you might even be able to snag the last berries of the summer. They’re also one of the only farms around with their very own garden center. Not only can you pick your blueberries and your pumpkins, you can find the perfect fall flower for your yard.

Half Crown Hill Orchards

Golden Delicious, Jona Gold, Snap Staymen, Autumn Rose Fuji. These are all the apples ready to be picked from the Half Crown Hill orchards from now until November 25th. They’re completely family-owned and operated so when you go you’ll get the genuine orchard experience. You can pick your own apples or go on a guided tour of the orchard where you’ll get to see their very own bee colony. The farm cultivates their own honey bees to pollinate their apple trees, but they’re also used for homemade honey to sweeten the deal. Get your crew together and have fun with an apple slingshot or get on a wagon ride.

Soergel Orchards

soergel

Photo Credit: Soergel Orchards

This place doesn’t just hold a fall festival, they celebrate all season long! The party started on September 21st and this weekend (September 27 & 28) they’re having an Apple Cider Celebration where you’ll get to see their cider press at work and try out a few of their homemade recipes. In case you get bored with pumpkins and cornstalk mazes (you won’t), you can hop on a pony, hang out with some other farm animals at their petting zoo or get behind the wheel of a tractor.  They’ll have traditional festival food from local vendors and their own backyard. You’ll also want to try the ever-popular Amish-made donuts!

Norman’s Orchard

This orchard is the only one in the area specializing in Heirloom fruits, which have existed for hundreds of years and have a distinctive look and fantastic flavor not found at the grocery store around the corner. From now until the end of October Norman Orchard‘s fruit will be at their ripest. Pick the 12 best apples for a deep-dish apple pie or some tart cherries for those cherry filled pastries pinned to your Pinterest board. It’s been around since 1958 and they’ve got a ripe future. Check it out before the apples are gone, and  don’t forget to come back in December for Christmas trees and firewood.

Trax Farms

trax

Photo credit: Trax Farms

The first generation of Trax Farms started out humbly, with nothing but a streetcar to sell their fruits and vegetables out of. Eventually they made their way to a truck parked on Smallman Street in the Strip. In 1956, they started selling their produce straight from the farm and they haven’t looked back since. After their Fall Festival kicked off on September 20th, you can take a tractor-pulled hayride to their 3-acre pumpkin patch and enjoy one of the best farm views in PA.  After 148 years of farming, Trax Farms has expanded into so many different fields. They’ve been called a farmer’s market, a greenhouse, a nursery, a winery, and a brewery. They’re clearly more than just a farm.

 

Share your fall festival experiences with us on Instagram @nakyouout !

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *