Pumpkins are some of the coolest things to purchase. You can use them as decorative options for Halloween, and use the insides for pumpkin pies or puddings. No part of it goes to waste, except maybe for the hard shell. You don’t have to turn your pumpkin season experience into just going to the local grocery store. These days, there are pumpkin patches galore complete with family activities so that you and your family can turn pumpkin picking into an adventurous mini trip.
Eckert’s is probably one of the more well-known local farms – with its name extending into local grocery stores and its own Farmer’s Market on Gravois. Not only can you pick berries, apples, and peaches during their ripening seasons there, you can also pick pumpkins.
Eckert’s has several locations in neighboring St. Louis areas: Belleville, Millstadt, and Grafton.
The farms are designed for fun family adventures. From mid-September through the end of October, both the Milldstadt and Grafton farms offer bonfires and hayrides (Millstadt’s hayride is “haunted”). If you purchase entertainment tickets, you might be given a discount for pick-your-own items.
Even if you’re not a kid or don’t have kids, the Belleville location offers wine tasting and wine classes. So you can even make a date out of picking your own pumpkin.
For more information, be sure to check out Eckert’s website at http://www.eckerts.com.
If you live more in the West County area and would like to save on gas, I recommend Rombach’s. Like Eckert’s, Rombach offers entertainment as well. You can take your kids on tractor rides, visit the petting zoo, and participate in Halloween events. There’s also a country store offering produce and preserves.
Rombach’s is located very closely to Chesterfield Commons (a.k.a. The Valley), so you can even swing by one of the many delicious restaurants along this mile-long strip mall for a dinner after an afternoon spent finding pumpkins.
For more information, contact Rombach’s at 636-532-7265, or visit at:
18639 Olive Street Road
If you live more in the South County area and would like to save on gas, I recommend Stuckmeyer’s.
Every weekend in October, there’s farm animals on display, hayrides, pony rides, corn mazes, an inflatable slide, inflatable haunted house, and much more. The only drawback to Stuckmeyer’s is that it doesn’t offer any night adventures, and its hours of operation on weekends are from 9 to 5. Still it’s a fantastic experience for the family.
For more information, contact Stuckmeyer’s at 636-349-1225 or visit them at:
249 Schneider Drive
Be sure to check out their website at http://www.stuckmeyers.com.