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This listing of pumpkin patches included an incorrect price for pumpkins at Gaver Farm in Mount Airy. The farm's pumpkins cost 49 cents a pound, not 40 cents a pound.

Maryland pumpkin patches

Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes -- and in one case colors -- can be found in Maryland.
Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes -- and in one case colors -- can be found in Maryland. (Michael Williamson/the Washington Post)
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Friday, October 1, 2010

On a hunt to find the perfect head for this year's scarecrow? Here are a few pumpkin patches in Maryland to help end your search. Check back next week for a selection of Virginia pumpkin patches, or see our full list of fall happenings right now at http://goingoutguide.com.

-- Kristen Boghosian

FREDERICK COUNTY

Gaver Farm There are 12 acres of pumpkins, plus free hayrides to the patch on weekends. Choose from specialty pumpkins, gourds and squash in the farm's market and enjoy a variety of fall activities, such as a jumping pillow and a pedal kart track, at the farm's daily fall festival. Pumpkins cost 40 cents a pound. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Nov. 2. 5501 Detrick Rd., Mount Airy. 301-865-3515. http://www.gavertreefarm.com. Farm admission free. Fall festival admission $5 weekdays, $7 weekends; children age 2 and younger free.

Summers Farm Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, but this farm also offers pumpkins of a different color with its Full Moon, Hooligan, Lumina and World of Color pumpkins that range from white to green, as well as the usual orange. The hayride to the patch is free, and visitors can also grab gourds and squash for a little fall decoration. Regular pumpkins cost 49 cents a pound; special pumpkins vary. Open Monday-Thursday 1 to 7 p.m., Friday 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Nov. 2; last trip to pumpkin patch at 5:30 p.m. Get a dollar discount for donating a can of food. 5614 Butterfly Lane, Frederick. 301-620-9316. http://www.summersfarm.com. Farm admission free. Activities are $6.50 weekdays, $9.50 weekends; $5 for seniors.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Butler's Orchard The Butler family's more than 300-acre plot of land offers more than pumpkins, with mums, Indian corn and corn stalks to decorate your home for the season. Each Saturday and Sunday, visitors can jump in a hay loft, buy caramel apples and take part in a rubber ducky derby while listening to live music from noon to 4 p.m. Pumpkins cost 59 cents a pound; picking starts Saturday. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 22200 David Mill Rd., Germantown. 301-972-3299. http://www.butlersorchard.com. Farm admission free. $10 admission to fall festival (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends), which includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Free for age 2 and younger.

Homestead Farm If you're a walker, this farm may be your best bet. Pumpkin hunters are welcome to stroll through the patch during the farm's regular operating hours. For those less inclined to get some exercise while searching for pumpkins, hayrides cost $3 a person (weekends only). Pumpkins cost 59 cents a pound. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 15604 Sugarland Rd., Poolesville. 301-977-3761. http://www.homestead-farm.net. Free admission; hayride to pumpkin patch costs $3; children age 2 and younger ride free.

HOWARD COUNTY

Larriland Farm Pick-your-own pumpkin season begins Saturday, so if you get there this weekend you'll be among the first to choose. Halloween decorations throughout the farm help welcome the scary season and might even be inspiration for your pumpkin's devilish grin. Pumpkins cost 59 cents a pound. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Oct. 2. 2415 Woodbine Rd., Woodbine. 301-854-6110. http://www.pickyourown.com. Free admission.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Queen Anne Farm Creatures real and imagined can be found on this farm, where visitors can pet lambs and goats while checking out giant spiders and horses made of hay. Choose from seven breeds of orange pumpkins and six kinds of heirloom pumpkins. If you're in a hurry, you can also pick up a pre-cleaned, ready-to-carve pumpkin. Pumpkins cost 49 cents a pound. Open Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 18102 Central Ave., Mitchellville. 301-249-2427. http://www.queenannefarm.com. Farm admission free. Weekend hayrides $1.


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