Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Your perfect pumpkin awaits.
If like us, you harbor an ardent faith in Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin, you know that scouring a pumpkin patch for a gorgeous gourd is an essential part of fall fun in the Ozarks. Although there’s certainly appeal in strangely colored, funky shaped gourds, there’s something special about selecting a classic carving pumpkin. It should be round, not too warty and large enough for a broad, toothy grin. Luckily, 417-land is home to several pumpkin patches with an ideal carving crop. Take Pick’n Patch Farm (22813 Highway ZZ, Marionville, 417-258-7132), home to a picturesque assortment of pumpkins sold alongside homegrown corn and other fall goodies. We also recommend heading to Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park (3825 W. Farm Road 146, 417-837-5949) for the annual Harvest Festival, where you can scout out the perfect pumpkin plus enjoy other kid-friendly fall activities like visits with barnyard critters and lots of other fall fun.
Get the Fancy Pumpkins
Wickman’s Garden Village
1345 S. Fort Ave., Springfield, 417-862-3707
What You’ll Find: Heirloom pumpkins, unusually shaped gourds and colorful mums.
Fieth Family Farm
1663 E. 490th Road, Bolivar, 417- 326-6758
What You’ll Find: Specialty pumpkins in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors.
Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street
Downtown Springfield, September 15–16 2018
What You’ll Find: Exquisitely carved or painted pumpkins.
Fassnight Creek Farm
1366 S. Fort Ave., Springfield, 417-866-5011
What You’ll Find: Heirloom pumpkins and other porch-friendly decor such as hay bales.