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 Our Pumpkin Patch

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Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch


Every visit to Treinen Farm’s 14-acre pumpkin patch begins and ends with an authentic horse-drawn hay ride. Climb into the wagon, find your spot on the blanket of hay, and let our draft horses take you on a journey through time to a gentler era, accompanied by the easy clop-clop-clop of hooves.  Past the pond,  past tall rows of corn, up a tree-lined lane to an enormous field covered in acres of tangled vines laden with pumpkins of every shape and size. We have over 15 varieties, from baby pumpkins that fit in the palm of your hand to giants to monsters that will challenge the strongest member of your group.

 

 

 

Fourteen acres means A LOT of pumpkins to choose from.

There's a pumpkin for everyone.

Tiny is good

...but massive works, too.

Everyone Must Carry Their Own Pumpkin

Do not carry your pumpkin like this!

When you've found the perfect pumpkin...

...our gentle draft horses will give a ride back.

You can decorate...

...or carve!

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Our carnivorous jack-o-lantern invites you to bring the whole family

What you need to know


  • Wear boots or old sneakers.  It can be muddy in the pumpkin patch, and the ground is uneven (remember, it’s a REAL pumpkin patch…)
  • Go before you go.   There are no “facilities” in the pumpkin patch.
  • Line up for the hay wagon ride tin the barnyard.  The hayrides run continuously from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  No reservations are needed.  The entire experience—the ride, picking a pumpkin, and returning to the farm—takes approximately 30 minutes.  Need more time in the patch?  Just hop on the next ride back to the farm when you are ready.
  • Sorry, we cannot fit strollers or kid wagons on the hayride wagon.
  • We provide wagons for you to haul your pumpkins and other purchases to your car when you’re ready to leave.  We also have pumpkin valet service provided by our younger relatives–they’ll haul your pumpkins out to the parking lot for you, and then bring the empty wagon back to the farm.

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We provide free pumpkin daycare if you aren’t ready to leave the farm but want your pumpkins to be safe and happy.

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Treinen Farm Rule #1:

Everyone must carry their own pumpkin

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Pumpkin daycare will keep your little ones (and enormous ones) safe and entertained until you’re ready to take them home

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How to choose a pumpkin


  • Choose a pumpkin that you can carry to the hay wagon without hurting yourself.  Lift with your legs, not your back.
  • Wipe off water and mud.  The pumpkin patch can be muddy after a rain.  We carry rags to wipe any slipperiness off your pumpkins.
  • Keep one hand under the pumpkin’s bottom.  Lift  and carry it from the bottom, not by the stem.
  • Do not roll the pumpkin on the ground.  It may have a hard shell, but you don’t want to risk damaging it by grinding dirt or gravel into its skin.
  • Check your pumpkin for soft spots that can indicate rot.
  • Your pumpkin can last all month if you’re careful. Keep it in a the shade, and move to a cool place, like a garage or basement if gets very hot outside. Protect it from frost, as a hard frost can damage the surface and invite rot.

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Carving Your Pumpkin


  • Have a pattern in mind? Bring it with you to find the right pumpkin to fit it.
  • Make your carved pumpkin last longer. Molds and bacteria make your pumpkin rot, so disinfect the surface before you carve. Wash your pumpkin in a mild bleach solution and then dry before carving. Use clean carving tools.
  • Make it last even longer. Carved pumpkins dry out and collapse eventually. Revive your pumpkin by placing it a bucket of water (or a garbage bag  with water) for a few hours.
  • Don’t carve until you are ready to display it. Keep it out of extreme heat and protect from frost.
  • Power tools make carving big pumpkins much easier.
  • Old-fashioned carving? Decorating? Painting? So many choices. Check out our Pinterest Board to get started…

Follow Angie’s board Treinen Farm Pumpkin Decorating and Carving Ideas on Pinterest.

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Our pumpkin valet service will show your pumpkins to the car.

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Field trips


Every kid needs a real pumpkin!

Schedule a weekday field trip for your class for

  • Pick your own pumpkin at the real pumpkin patch
  • Horse-drawn ride to the patch
  • Learn about the horses and how we grow pumpkins
  • Visit the friendly farm animals
  • Don’t miss the new foals!
  • Molehill Mountain–climb, crawl, slide and hide
  • Bring a lunch or snack
  • Children’s Maze included with all field trips
  • Add on Pumpkin Slingshot, Jacob’s Ladder, or Gemstone Mining
  • And more…

 Looking for cooking?


Any pumpkin can be carved, painted, or cooked.  If you are looking for a special pumpkin pie pumpkin, check out the produce area of Treinen Farm, where we offer pumpkins with abundant sweet flesh, as well as pumpkins grown specifically to produce great seeds for roasting.

Pumpkins you can find in the Treinen Farm pumpkin patch

Roll over a pumpkin to learn its name.  Click on it to read about it.

Little pumpkins

(under 5 lbs.)

Medium-size pumpkins

(5-15 lbs)

Big pumpkins

(over 15 lbs)

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Jack-o’-lanterns, also called will-o’-the-wisp

 

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Irish turnip jack-o’-lantern from the early 20th century

History of pumpkin carving


For thousands of years, people have been scooping out gourds, turnips, beets, and potatoes, and putting candles inside them to use as lanterns.  In the British Isles, the flickering lights of the lanterns reminded people of the ghostly lights that hovered at over peat bogs and marshes at night.  The people called the lights will-o’-the-wisp, pixie light, friar’s lantern, hinkypunk, corpse candle, hobby lantern, rolling fire, fool’s fire, and jack-o’-lantern.

British immigrants to America brought their customs with them.  All Hallows Eve became Halloween, and pumpkins became the vegetable of choice for carving jack-o’-lanterns. Today’s trick-or-treaters don’t carry real grinning jack-o’-lanterns from door to door, but they are often greeted by their glowing apparitions on their neighbors’ porches, carved into scary faces, cheerful faces, funny faces, movie stars, presidential candidates, symbols, logos… And we still put lights inside them.

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Turnip jack-o’-lanterns, also called “punkies”

 

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Modern carving of a Cornish jack-o’-lantern made from a turnip