Fall is my favorite time of year. I start thinking about all the things pumpkin spice as early as the end of July. This past August, I got a jump start on the season by making some delicious, healthy pumpkin dark chocolate chip muffins. Yum!
Now that it is officially pumpkin season, I can’t wait to go back to some of the Midlands most popular pumpkin patches and enjoy all the fun they have to offer with my daughter and family. To help you on your quest for the perfect jack-o-lantern, here’s a list of some of our favorite patches across the Columbia area! (And once pumpkin season is over, check out these ways you can use your pumpkin for baking!)
Dates: September 18 – November 15, 2016
Location: 404 Olde Farm Road | Lexington, SC | 29072
This is my favorite local pumpkin patch because it has so much more than just pumpkins. Clinton Sease Farm includes a HUGE corn maze, hay bale mazes, tractor-pulled hay rides where you can see a functional farm including a variety of farm animals, and an awesome playground with three-story slide. You and your family can truly spend all day having fall fun at Clinton Sease Farm and the staff is friendly. Come back at night without the kids to check out the creepy Deceased Farm for super-duper scares. Admission to Pumpkin Patch is $1.00 (or free with purchase of maze admission). Children 2 and under are free!
Open Friday 6 – 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 7 p.m.
Dates: Open every Saturday in October
Location: 5057 S.C. Highway 34 | Pomaria, SC | 29072
Lever Farms pumpkin patch opens on October 1st this year. This fun pumpkin patch is worth the drive! Lever Farms includes a patch where you can pick your own pumpkins and a stall where you can purchase already-picked pumpkins. There’s also a farm animals, a mini corn maze for kids, a corn pit, pumpkin bowling and educational tractor-pulled hay rides. Open every Saturday in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dates: October 1 – 31, 2016
Location: 4000 Hard Scrabble Road | Columbia, SC | 29223
Known in the area as “the pumpkin patch church” and open daily throughout October, this local pumpkin patch is sure to please! It offers 40 varieties of pumpkins, as well as Indian corn and gourds. Proceeds go to the church youth group’s mission projects. Pumpkin patch hours Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 8 p.m.
Dates: October 1 – October 31, 2016
Location: 850 S. Lake Drive | Lexington, SC | 29072
Red Bank United Methodist church sells pumpkins in an open field just outside of Red Bank. Pumpkin patch hours are Monday – Friday from noon – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dates: October 2 – 31, 2016
Location: 3401 Trenholm Road | Columbia, SC | 29223
Plenty of pumpkins of all sizes available! Their pumpkins will come in on October 2 and they will be available that evening! Check them out Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. or Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.
Dates: October 3 – October 31, 2016
Location: 3050 Leaphart Road | West Columbia, SC | 29169
Find the perfect pumpkin from their wide variety.
If you’re seeking other produce along with your pumpkins, check out our post on Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, which includes the South Carolina State Farmers Market in West Columbia (Monday – Saturday 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday noon – 6 p.m.), Soda City Market in downtown Columbia (Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.), and Cayce Farmer’s Market (Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). Vendors and selection may vary.