Now that it’s officially fall, pumpkin patches are starting to pop up around the New Orleans area.
We’ve rounded up a list of pumpkin patches people can visit, but the list is quite shorter than previous years. Some local churches are hitting pause on pumpkin patches this year due to the pandemic.
Even though some are canceling the tradition for 2020, other locations are pushing forward with precautionary measures in place like requiring masks and social distancing. Visitors will also see hand sanitizer stations and contactless checkout options at pumpkin patches this year.
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.
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.
St. Martin's Episcopal Church
Opening date: Sept. 24
Pick your perfect pumpkin at St. Martin’s Pumpkin Patch returning this year in Metairie.
Several safety procedures are in place this year at the patch, including hand sanitizer and required masks for customers and staff. Visitors can expect social distancing measures, especially at the checkout area, with the option of Venmo for touchless transactions.
St. Martin’s also teams up with the Red M Studio and Second Harvest Food Bank to help with donations. Guests can receive a free photo in the pumpkin patch in exchange for non-perishable food or monetary donations on Oct. 16 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. or Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hours of operation are 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Bridge City & Lacombe, La.
Opening date: Sept. 25
Banting’s Nursery offers several varieties of pumpkins to decorate your home and garden this fall.
A spokesperson for the nursery said Banting’s are assembling the pumpkin patches in order to provide safe spacing for customers.
All visitors should wear masks when arriving to pick their pumpkins.
Banting’s has a Northshore location in Lacombe, La. and a Southshore location in Bridge City. Each location also offers a large selection of fall plants and decor for your home.
Hours of operation are Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mrs. Heather's Pumpkin Patch
Opening date: Sept. 26
Families can practically fill their day with fun at Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch in Hammond.
As the farm opens for the fall season, this year marks the 25th anniversary for this popular pumpkin patch.
Kids can also learn about bees, milking cows and growing pumpkins. You’ll find plenty of places for the perfect fall family photo.
Admission is $8 per child (newborn and older). Adults enter for free if accompanying a child. Admission for adults not accompanying a child is $8. Payments are cash only.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
St. Augustine's Pumpkin Patch
Opening date: Oct. 1
“The Great Pumpkin Patch” at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church continues its annual tradition with some safety measures in place.
“We expect to have the full inventory of colors, shapes and sizes in years past,” a spokesperson for the church said. “We look forward to keeping this important tradition alive for our community.”
To help promote safety, the pumpkin patch will have hand sanitizer stations. Visitors are required to wear masks and maintain six feet of social distancing between groups. Staff members also plan to provide additional payment methods in order to spread out the check out process.
Hours for the pumpkin patch are noon to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Opening date: Oct. 1
The pumpkins are coming! St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church continues its annual pumpkin patch tradition this year.
Get ready for the perfect photo op while staying socially distanced. The pumpkin patch opens daily in October until pumpkins sell out.
Hours are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sugar Roots Farm
Opening date: Oct. 3
Sugar Roots Farm will host a socially-distanced fall festival featuring a pumpkin patch, farm animals, vendors, homemade goods and live music.
Families can register for timed-entry tickets in advance via the website. Upon registration, families can select from multiple two-hour sessions throughout the day.
Admission is $20, which covers visiting gardens and animals, a feed cup for an animal, kids crafts and live local music. Purchasing pumpkins, farm stand goodies and items from vendors are additional.
Even though there is an admission fee, Sugar Roots Farm says it’s striving to balance accessibility and raising funds for the farm at this event. Free entry for ages 2 and under. The farm says it’s also willing to accommodate individuals with financial constraints preventing them to pay the full admission price.
Plum Street Pumpkin Patch at Lafreniere Park
Opening date: Oct. 3
Plum Street Pumpkin Patch takes over Lafreniere Park this October. The pumpkin patch opens Monday to Sunday from noon to dusk. Due to COVID safety regulations, there will be limited numbers to view pumpkins, and masks are required.
St. Paul's Episcopal School
Opening date: Oct. 10
Lakeview’s pumpkin patch at St. Paul’s Episcopal School returns with several safety precautions due to the pandemic.
Organizers say no more than 20 people will be allowed inside the gate at one time. Visitors should expect an emphasis on social distancing and will be asked to wear masks.
This year, only card payments will be accepted, and a no-touch card reader will be used. Other safety measures include hand sanitizers at tables and more spacing during the check out process.
The pumpkin patch opens Monday to Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sat from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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