As the fall season begins, finding a good pumpkin for carving becomes a family mission. Picking your own instead of going to the store can be fun for adults and kids alike. Visit one of these farms and locations to pick your own pumpkins and enjoy the fall season. Many have updated restrictions due to the coronavirus, including some regular activities closed this season.
Note: Keep in mind to dress for the weather, as it can get very cold or rainy out on the pumpkin patches. Call ahead for inclement weather to see if the locations are open, and call ahead for pricing as many go by pound. Many of them also don’t start selling until late September-October.
- Address: 13011 Bethel Church Road, Manchester
- Phone: 734-428-9310
- Hours: Noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays
Alber Orchard has plenty of pumpkins in the patch starting at the end of September, plus enjoy the cider mill and 104 varieties of apples. The corn maze was not planted in 2020 because of COVID-19, but families can enjoy live music on weekends through Oct. 31. Masks and social distancing are required.
- Address: 16470 25 Mile Road, Macomb
- Phone: 586-781-3428
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
Altermatt Farms has a variety of produce, and it is all sold in their farmer’s market daily. Call ahead to see what’s in stock for the day and pumpkins are expected in late September. Masks are required inside the market.
- Address: 38035 S. Huron Road, New Boston
- Phone: 734-753-9380
- Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
The 95-acre farm has u-pick home grown apples and in late September the pumpkins will be ready. U-pick season will be smaller because of a late-spring frost, but families can enjoy the petting farm that includes an ostrich and pigmy goat. Pre-packaged plain donuts will be available in the shop with sugar you can add yourself. Masks are required in the buildings, but not in the fields unless social distancing can not be maintained. Homemade pies and cookies are also on the menu in the store.
- Address: 4900 32 Mile Rd., Washington
- Cost: 586-752-7888
- Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
Stock up on cider, donuts and apples while you also hunt for your prized pumpkin. The petting farm, straw mountain and the rest of the fun area is closed this year and tractor rides to the orchard are canceled, but families can enjoy other market selections as well as the rest of the farm experience. Social distancing and face masks are required.
- Address: 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
- Phone: 586-784-5343
- Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Head into the fields to pick your own apples or mask up to select pre-picked apples and other apple products in the market. Social distancing is required on wagon rides, so capacity will be limited. Masks are required inside, in the Funland and on Haunted Attractions, and guests are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets.
- Address: 12758 Jordan Road, Saline
- Phone: 734-429-1212
- Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays beginning Sept. 12
Coleman’s will not have a corn maze this year, but the farm also boasts fresh-made donuts, u-pick pumpkins, plus a free petting barn and baby animals. Check the farm’s Facebook page for updated coronavirus requirements.
- Address: 2950 E. Seymour Lake Road, Ortonville
- Phone: 248-627-3329
- Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-10 p.m. Sundays (pumpkin patch only on weekends in October)
Cook’s has been serving the metro Detroit area since 1933, and in October families can enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkins. Then, stay for a donut or try seasonal ice cream flavors like caramel apple and pumpkin crunch. Pumpkins are also available for sale in the pavilion, where families should wear masks.
- Address: 50240 Martz Road, Belleville
- Phone: 734-260-0334
- Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 26-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 9 & 16 (Fridays), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25 (Saturdays & Sundays), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1
With 20 acres of pumpkins in varying colors and shapes, there’s plenty to choose from at DeBuck’s. Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, plus access to the corn mazes and family fun areas. Social distancing is expected and masks are required.
- Address: 1479 Ranch Road, Holly
- Phone: 248-634-8981
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays for at-risk customers only, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. all customers, through Nov. 1
Diehl’s pre-picks the apples and has created a walk-up window for coronavirus safety precautions. Pumpkins families can celebrate the Oakland County Bicentennial Celebration Farm Tour on Oct. 25.
- Address: 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon
- Phone: 248-437-0150
- Hours: 6 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Nov. 1
This is the 100th anniversary season of Erwin Orchards, and families can still enjoy traditional cider and donuts, then head to the family-friendly corn maze, find pumpkins, and pick from any of the eight varieties of apples. Social distancing and masks are required.
- Address: 6350 37 Mile Road, Romeo
- Phone: 810-798-3611
- Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends through Nov. 8
Pick up a pumpkin in this great spot to spend a day also picking apples and drinking fresh cider from the working mill. Open weekends only beginning Sept. 7, check the website for updated picking schedule of your favorite apples and for changes in restrictions.
- Address: 12651 Island Lake Road, Dexter
- Phone: 734-426-8009
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays
At this sixth-generation family farm, you can also stock up on cider, eggs, homemade jams and jellies and beeswax candles. Produce is pre-picked and families are encouraged to check the website and Facebook page for updated coronavirus requirements.
- Where: 1540 E. Commerce Road, Commerce Township
- Phone: 248-360-3774
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
Pick your own apples and pumpkins and check out progress on the addition to the cider mill. The mill will open when construction is complete. Pick up some honey, apple butter, preserves and breads too.
- Address: 2961 W. 32 Mile Road, Romeo
- Phone: 586-752-2453
- Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (pumpkin patch only on weekends)
Visit the mill for pumpkin picking and head back later in October for a moonlight hayride on Saturday nights. Visit the sales room for all kinds of produce-products, including homemade pies. Masks are required in the sales room and on the U-pick wagon.
- Address: 6580 Judd Road, Milan
- Phone: 734-482-2342
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays
You can select your own pumpkin and check out the selection of mini-pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and straw in October. Cider and doughnuts are also lures in addition to over a dozen varieties of apples. After a late-spring frost, U-pick season has been moved to pre-picked for customers to purchase.
- Address: 65075 Van Dyke Road, Washington Township
- Phone: 586-752-3123
- Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. u-pick daily
Pick up a pumpkin, then stick around for the live music on Saturdays. Masks are required on wagon rides and online tickets should be purchased to limit lines at check-in.
- Where: 5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
- Phone: 734-390-9211
- Hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays
Pumpkins will be available in October. Pre-purchasing tickets online is highly recommended. Mini golf clubs will be sanitized between uses and on-stage singers will have one-time-use caps on the microphones. Capacity inside the store will be reduced for best social distancing, which could increase wait times. Masks are required in high-traffic areas where social distancing isn’t possible, but are not required outdoors in the field when six feet from other customers.
Do you know of other great pumpkin patches in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor? Tell us about them in the comments.
This post was originally published in 2019 and is updated regularly.