NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - Now that it’s officially fall, pumpkin patches are starting to pop up around the New Orleans area.
For many families, pumpkin picking marks an annual tradition and a time to make memories. One of these patches is sure to offer the perfectly plump pumpkin for decorations, recipes or crafts.
We’ve rounded up a list of pumpkin patches people can visit. Here’s your guide to local pumpkin patches to enjoy the annual tradition and pick the perfect jack-o-lantern for your family.
Do you know about other pumpkin patches in the New Orleans area? Let us know about them here. Check back for updates as we get them.
Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch
Opening date: Sept. 24
Families can play the whole day away and pick a pumpkin directly from the field at this popular pumpkin patch in Hammond.
Some activities include zip lines, jumping pillows, duck races and nature trails provided by the farm for fun entertainment. On the weekends, guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and paint their pumpkins with others.
The pumpkin patch opens daily during its seasonal debut on Sept. 24 to Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $9 per child for kids ages newborn and older, cash only. Admission for adults without kids is also $9.
Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch is located at 1215 Lees Lane in Hammond.
For more details, visit the website.
First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
Opening date: Sept. 24
After a two-year hiatus, the annual fall pumpkin patch returns to First United Methodist Church in Slidell.
There are hundreds of pumpkins and gourds to select for home decor and pumpkin-carving projects. Organizers say all funds raised go toward the church’s national and international missions. The pumpkin patch opens daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sept. 24 to Oct. 31.
First United Methodist Church is located at 433 Erlanger Ave. in Slidell.
More details at the website.
Opening date: Sept. 23
Banting’s Nursery will have its annual pumpkin patch set up just in time for the fall. Families can choose from two locations on both sides of the lake -- in Lacombe and Bridge City.
After choosing from the nursery’s assorted pumpkins and gourds, take advantage of a cute setup for all children to take pictures.
You can also opt to have a pumpkin-decorating package delivered straight to your door.
Banting’s South Shore nursery is located at 3425 River Road in Bridge City. The North Shore nursery is located at 26300 U.S. Hwy 190 in Lacombe.
Visit the website for more details.
First Presbyterian Church
Opening date: Oct. 9
This pumpkin patch serves as a fundraiser benefitting First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. Pick from pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, including gourds, spookies, weebee littles and snowflakes.
The pumpkin patch opens from Oct. 9 to Oct. 31. Hours are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to dusk, Saturday from 10 a.m. to dusk and Sunday from 1 p.m. to dusk.
First Presbyterian Church is located at 5401 S. Claiborne Ave. in New Orleans.
See more details at the website.
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
Opening date: Oct. 6
Each October, St. Augustine’s hosts “The Great Pumpkin Patch” on the property of the church in Metairie.
In addition to pumpkins and gourds, the pumpkin patch also sells jewelry, crafts and home-baked goods like pumpkin bread and cookies made by church members and friends.
Pumpkin patch hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 3412 Haring Rd. in Metairie.
St. Paul’s Episcopal School
Opening date: Oct. 8
St. Paul’s Episcopal School brings back their popular pumpkin patch in Lakeview.
This year’s pumpkin patch offers a variety of sizes. Guests also have the opportunity to take photos in front of an autumnal backdrop for a cherished keepsake.
On Oct. 23, St. Paul’s will feature live music from Loose Covers, a band comprised of faculty members, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Pre-schools and grammar schools are also welcome for field trips by contacting email@example.com.
Pumpkin patch hours are Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal School is located at 6249 Canal Blvd. in New Orleans.
Organizers say fundraising proceeds go towards school campus enhancements and programming.
NOLA Craft Culture
Opening dates: Oct. 15 - 16, Oct. 22 - 23
If you’re looking for something different this fall, NOLA Craft Culture hosts its second annual Glatter Pumpkin Patch.
In addition to hand-glittered pumpkins, the pumpkin patch will feature vendors selling art, jewelry, candles, vintage clothes, wellness products, food and sweet treats. Organizers say there’s something for everyone in the family.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
NOLA Craft Culture is located at 127 S. Solomon St. in New Orleans.
Visit the NOLA Craft Culture Facebook page for updates.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Opening date: Oct. 16
St. Mark’s annual Pumpkin Patch will return this year for two weeks on the West Bank in Harvey.
The church will co-host the 2022 Baleada Festival to kick off the pumpkin patch’s opening and commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month on Oct. 16. The event will include Honduran food, music and dancing. Guests can also enjoy fall fest activities -- including food vendors, free photo opportunities and craft sales -- on Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.
While you grab your pumpkins, you can also grab some of St. Mark’s popular pumpkin bread to take home.
Pumpkin patch hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Although admission to the pumpkin patch is free, organizers are asking for donations of canned goods to help stock St. Mark’s food pantry.
Check the Facebook page for updates.
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