Every fall in Delaware, locals celebrate the season with autumnal festivities like sipping pumpkin spice lattes, wearing cozy flannels and picking the best pumpkins. It has become a tradition across the United States to go apple and pumpkin picking in fall, and there are so many farms from which to choose.
That’s why we found six local farms and orchards around Delaware that are made for apple and pumpkin picking. So pick one close to you, then get ready to tote home a farm-fresh haul.
This local farm in Wilmington is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from September 17 through the month of October. This small-town farm is the perfect spot for family fall festivities like going for a hayride or meeting barnyard animals. Kids can paint pumpkins, travel down the Spookley Trail, adventure in corn mazes and even pick their own pumpkins. Ramsey’s Farm has around 50,000 pumpkins for locals on the hunt for the perfect gourd.
500 Ramsey Rd., Wilmington; 477-1499
At Mr. Peppers Pumpkin Patch, guests can get lost in its two-acre corn maze or enjoy a scenic hayride through the fields. Open from September 30 to October 31, this cute pumpkin patch has brought fall vibes to the First State since 1989 with more than 12 types of pumpkins from which to choose.
13500 Laurel Rd., Laurel; 245-8616
Locals can pick their own pumpkins every weekend at Filasky’s Produce and Farm Market. From September 18 through the end of October, Delawareans can enjoy wandering through a soybean maze, taking hayrides around the fields and even snacking on delicious pumpkin donuts made by Beth’s Breads and ice cream from Woodside Farms Creamery. Until early November, guests can enjoy a cool evening with a nighttime hayride and roaring bonfire.
1343 Bunker Hill Rd., Middletown; 378-2754
From October 1-30, Delawareans can bring their little ones to explore Fifer Orchards’ six-acre corn maze and pick their own pumpkins and apples. Apple picking is open from September 10 to October 23 every Friday and Saturday. Wagons, however, are not provided by the farm, so don’t forget to bring a cart.
1919 Allabands Mill Rd., Camden Wyoming; 697-2141
Since 1989, Parsons Farms in Dagsboro has been farming to bring fresh produce to the Delaware community. From August through October, guests can visit the farm for pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. Apple picking starts as early as August while pumpkin picking starts in September.
30381 Armory Rd., Dagsboro; 732-3336
Middletown has numerous things to offer the local community, but one of the best is the Thousand Acre Farm. This farm operates as a rustic wedding venue, but, from Labor Day through October, guests can pick from more than nine different types of apples. This family-owned and -operated wedding venue has an orchard with dwarf trees—smaller trees that are closer to the ground—that allow for easy pickings.
260 S. Reddy Point Rd., Middletown; 445-8880
This Newark farmers market opened in 2010 by selling only what the farm grew, but now it specializes in high-quality local goods, fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, eggs, honey and more. In the fall, the market sells numerous different pumpkins, from white pumpkins and kabocha to knuckle head pumpkins and so much more.
616 Newark London Rd., Newark; 540-0912