Pumpkins And More
Friday, September 24, 2004; Page WE33
Anne Arundel County
HOMESTEAD GARDENS -- 743 W. Central Ave. (Routes 424 and 214), Davidsonville. 301-261-4550 or 410-798-5000. www.homesteadgardens.com (includes directions). Open year-round. Open Monday through Friday 9 to 7, Saturday 8 to 7 and Sunday 9 to 6 during September; October hours are Monday through Friday 9 to 8, Saturdays 8 to 8 and Sundays 9 to 6. The 21st annual Fall Festival, held Saturdays and Sundays 11 to 4 Oct. 2 through 31, features hayrides ($2, free for ages 2 and younger and anyone donating two nonperishable food items), as well as free and inexpensive kids' activities such as pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, storytelling and pony rides. Visit the Web site for a schedule of live entertainment and educational demonstrations on topics such as beekeeping, the Chesapeake Bay and vegetable carving. Daily, visit a straw maze from 9 to 7 and llama barn from 10 to 3.
SPRING MEADOW FARMS -- 15513 Hanover Pike (Route 30), Upperco, five miles north of Reisterstown. 410-239-8505. www.springmeadowfarms.com (includes directions). Produce market and garden center open Monday through Thursday 9 to 8, Friday through Sunday 9 to 9. Closes Oct. 31; reopens mid-March. The Fall Harvest Festival takes place weekends Oct. 2 through Oct. 31. Pumpkin Playland, open Saturdays and Sundays 10 to dusk, features a straw maze, straw piles for jumping, illustrated cut-out boards for photos and an inflatable giant caterpillar maze and slide. All-day admission to Pumpkin Playland is $5 for ages 2 through 12; adults get in free. Hayrides ($1) to the two- to three-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch run Saturdays and Sundays 10 to dusk through October. Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4, kids can ride ponies ($2), make scarecrows ($15, $10 if you bring the clothes) and pet farm animals. New this year, children can ride antique pedal tractors, $2. An inflatable Little Tykes Haunted House geared toward ages 5 to 12 is open during festival hours and also Friday and Saturday nights from dark till 10 (call for admission prices, undetermined at press time). The farm advises parental discretion for its haunted hayrides, recommended for ages 8 and older, $7 per person. The 20- to 30-minute rides feature live performers in scary scenes and take place Fridays and Saturdays, dark until 10, during October. Weekend food specialties include old-fashioned ice cream, apple cider and pit beef.
BAUGHER'S FARM ORCHARD MARKET -- 1236 Baugher Rd., off Route 140 West, Westminster. 410-857-0111 (recording with directions) or 410-848-5541. www.baughers.com. The market is open daily 8 to 6, 8 to 5 when daylight saving time ends, through Dec. 24; it reopens in late May or early June. Pick-your-own hours are Thursday through Sunday 10 to 4 during September for apples, Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5 in October for apples and pumpkins. The orchard also is open Oct. 15 from 10 to 4, when county schools are closed. Hayrides to the pumpkin field at the 100-year-old family farm take place Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5, $1, free for ages 3 and younger. Kids' highlights include a free petting zoo and playground, scarecrow making with supplies provided for $10 and, for additional fees on weekends in October, pony rides from 10 to 5 and face painting from noon to 5. Picnic tables are available. Concessions include such specialties as homemade ice cream, baked goods and cider. The market also sells country crafts.
BROOKFIELD PUMPKINS -- 8302 Ramsburg Rd., Thurmont. 301-898-3527. www.brookfieldpumpkins.com (includes directions). Open Monday through Thursday 3 to 6, Friday through Sunday 10 to 6 Sept. 25 through Oct. 31. This dairy farm offers free hayrides to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Daily highlights include a petting zoo, cutout boards for photos and an exhibit about the six-generation farm's history. On Saturdays and Sundays, face painting is available for $1. Free mule rides on Sunday afternoons, weather permitting. Visit the Web site for a schedule of special events, including book signings.
CLARK'S ELIOAK FARM -- 10500 Clarksville Pike (Route 108), Ellicott City. 410-730-4049. www.clarklandfarm.com. Open daily 10 to 4 through Oct. 31. The 540-acre farm's petting farm, now in its third year, features a variety of farm animals, including babies. Admission is $3 ages 13 and older, $4 ages 1 to 12 and free for ages younger than 1. Other fall highlights include hayrides ($1.50, free for ages younger than 1), pumpkin patch visits ($2, including a pumpkin), pony rides ($2), a mini-farm play area and hay bale mazes. Scarecrow making and face painting take place for additional fees. A fall season pass is $15 per adult, $20 per child. New this year: The farm displays the Cinderella Pumpkin Coach from the old Enchanted Forest amusement park. Themed weekends with entertainment and demonstrations include Civil War Encampment Weekend, featuring the 2nd Maryland Infantry, Company A, C.S.A., this Saturday and Sunday; Teddy Bear Farm Visit Oct. 2 and 3, featuring a teddy bear contest at 1 and folk singer Tony McGuffin from noon to 4; Animals, Animals, Animals Oct. 9 and 10, with Scales and Tales from noon to 2 on Oct. 9 and choruses from Catonsville and Hillcrest elementary schools performing from 10 to 11 on Oct. 9; Fall Craft Mart Oct. 16 and 17, featuring local artisans ; Pumpkin Chucking Weekend Oct. 25 and 26; and Halloween Weekend Oct. 30 and 31, featuring costume contests at 11 and 2. Visit the Web site for event schedules, including information about the Enchanted Forest Memory Lane Photo Contest. The farm store specializes in locally produced products. Picnic tables are available.