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It's Pumpkin Picking Time!

It's fall and you know what that means, Patch readers. Hit up these hot spots to find that perfect pumpkin to enjoy all season long.

The pumpkins are here!

Carving pumpkins, jack 'o' lanterns, pumpkins for the porch, pumpkins to eat, pumpkins to decorate ...

Fall holiday fun, for sure.

And we've got you covered for finding that coveted pumpkin. Tall, short, fat, bumpy, white, orange, and everything in between, can be found at some great local pumpkin patches and fall events.

And we're off ...

Scholz Farm (Orting)

Why here: This beautiful farm explodes with pumpkin goodness (add in some corn mazes, cool gourds, and other fall treats, to boot). The farms kicks off the fall season harvest Oct. 1. Check out the link to get farm hours and more information.
When: kicks off Oct. 1 (see link for times)

Thomasson Family Farm (Enumclaw)

Why here: The farm slogan is "We Grow Fun!" We think that's about right! Pumpkins abound on this farm, so you can find your favorite with ease. There are lots of special Halloween related activities and other farm activities that are fun for the whole family. See the link above for all the details.

When: various (see link above)

Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch (Tacoma)

Why here: Now who says pumpkins HAVE to be of the real, edible variety? How about some gorgeous handblown glass pumpkins to enhance your fall decor and home? The Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch comes to Tacoma's Point Defiance Park.Check out the link above to see some of the glass works featured.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 15, at the Pagoda in Point Defiance Park

(University Place) and Metropolitan Market (Tacoma)

Why here: No time for a pumpkin patch? No problem. Trader Joe's and Metropolitan Market sell particularly cool pumpkins and pumpkin varieties. They are many shapes, sizes, textures, and colors (see picture below--all of those pumpkin's were purchased from Trader Joe's).

Additionally, here are some other options in King County:

Camp Korey at Carnation Farm - Pumpkin patch, fall festival every weekend in October, 28901 NE Carnation Farm Road, Carnation. Open Saturday and Sunday through October 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carpinito Brothers Farm - U-Pick pumpkin patch and corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, 6868 S. 277th St., Kent. Open daily 9 a.m. to dusk. U-Pick Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze is open Sept. 29 through Oct. 31. This year’s maze shows the logo of both WSU and UW!

Dr. Maze's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm - Pumpkin patch-pick in the field, corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, farm market, food, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, 15410 NE 124th St., Redmond. October hours are Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Enciso Family Farms - Pumpkin patch-pick in the field, food, picnic area,19417 196th Ave. SE, Renton.

Fall City Farms - Pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, 3636 Neal Road, Fall City, October hours, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jubilee Farm - Pumpkins, horse-drawn covered-wagon rides, hay rides, hay-bale maze, 229 W. Snoqualmie River Rd. NE, Carnation.

Mosby Farm - Farm Stand and CSA – The farm's corn maze this year is a rooster. In addition to the pumpkin patch-pick in the field, corn maze, there is a flashlight maze tour on Oct. 29, 12747-b South East Green Valley Road, Auburn.

Remlinger Farms – Tickets for the Fall Festival are on sale, 32610 NE 32nd St., Carnation.

A Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Tree Farm - Pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, 14237 228th Ave. SE, Issaquah.

V2Farm - Corn maze, pumpkin patch, 20613 SE 436th St., Enumclaw.

Happy carving!

Editor's note: Information from Woodinville Patch Annie Archer about the King County options is included in this report.

Kim Thompson September 30, 2011 at 08:40 PM
Yeah, for us locally one. It is traveling other counties/cities on other dates.
Christie Anderson September 30, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Bummer....I work until 4:00pm/4:30pm on Saturdays :-(
Jackie Fender September 30, 2011 at 08:51 PM
I'm going to have to make it! Super neato.
Howard and Barbara Lee October 08, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Kim, our favorite pumpkin picking patch is Schilter Family Farm in Olympia at the Nisqually exit. You don't have to fight the I-5 north traffic and they offer many family activities! Kids of all ages love it!
Kim Thompson October 09, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Great tip, Lees!

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