Fall is here and other than devoting every Saturday and Sunday to cheering on your favorite football team, one of the best signs of the season is the quest for the perfect pumpkin.
Whether you are a baker extraordinaire eager to get started on pumpkin pies and loaves of pumpkin bread or you have plans for truly spectacular jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin patches are aplenty in the Lowcountry, and with all of these venues you get way more than just a pumpkin. Granted, pumpkins seem to look alike, but you always know when you’ve found just the right one.
Not sure where to start your pumpkin pursuit? Check out the list below and get ready to enjoy some fall fun in some long-awaited cooler Lowcountry air.
Carteret Street United Methodist Church, nestled in Downtown Beaufort, boasts a pumpkin patch and seasonal décor that is difficult to miss. The Pumpkin Patch is sponsored by the Carteret Street Youth and offers the public a fantastically convenient choice of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Proceeds from the pumpkin sales benefit the church’s youth ministries. Field trips are also available and are a great way to let kids experience this fun event. It opens on Monday, October 1st.
Fascinating fact: the pumpkins sold by the church are grown by Navajo Indians in New Mexico and are shipped to the church as a gesture of faith. The church sells the pumpkins, reports the sales, and benefits from a portion of the overall revenue.
Address: 408 Carteret Street, Downtown Beaufort. Phone: 843-524-2376.
Directions: Drive down Carteret Street – you can’t miss it!
Lowcountry Produce has their own pumpkin patch, haystacks included opening on October 7th. Children will have a blast with fall activities, including games and hay rides, pony rides and lots of food and even art and craft vendors. Refreshments and a picnic area are available, so relax and make a day of it!
Stop in to their country store to stock up on their delicious local jellies, jams and honey.
Address: 1919 Trask Parkway, Lobeco, SC. Phone: 843-846-9438.
Open M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Directions: Lowcountry Produce is located on the outskirts of Beaufort on Highway 21 north, past the Marine Corps Air Station.
Holiday Farms always looks forward to showing off its amazing spread of fall fun. Kids and families can enjoy barrel racing andduck races just to name a few. Don’t worry, they still have the old favorites, including the bouncy house, Haytona Speedway, steer roping, cow milking, a barnyard zoo and a great general store full of pumpkin-themed merchandise.
This is a fantastic spot for birthday parties or field trips – call now to reserve your spot, as it is a popular place!
The Great Pumpkin Patch runs from October 1st until October 31st. All active duty military, spouses, and children will receive discounted admission with proper ID.
Address: 10884 Grays Highway, Ridgeland, SC. Phone: 843-726-5527.
Open: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until dark and Sundays from 1 to 5pm.
Directions: Located on Grays Highway (Hwy 278) between Ridgeland and Hampton.
Up for a day trip?
Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch on Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, just a quick drive up the road on Highway 17 north, has its own entrance separate from the historic plantation’s main gate. Open daily from September 30th through October 31st, the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch is worth the drive if you want non-stop fun for you and your family.
A corn maze, jump pillow, hay mountain, tire climb and sand pit area, and rock climbing wall are just a handful of attractions that are sure to please everyone this fall. Don’t leave home without a pumpkin or two, which are paid for by the pound. Their retail tent also offers fall décor, jams and jellies, candy, fresh produce, and children’s toys.
Address: 1235 Long Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC. 843-884-4371
Open: M-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.. – 6 p.m.
All openings are subject to weather. Be sure to check their websites or give the farms a call before heading out.
Happy pumpkin hunting!
Story by Ashley Hamm