Freshly picked pumpkins make their way to market at Douglas Orchards in Shoreham.
As autumn approaches, Vermont’s color palette fades from green to orange—orange as in pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and all things squashy.
In recent years, pumpkin production has increased in Vermont especially in the Champlain Valley, according to the Vermont Department of Agriculture. This year’s pumpkin harvest, even with Tropical Storm Irene’s torrential rainfall, seems to be good—if slightly below average—according to state agriculture officials.
Thanks to the popular website Pumpkin Patches and More.org, there’s an abundance of pumpkin growers, retailers, and accessory autumnal/Halloween chotchkies suppliers in the areas of Addison, Rutland and Windsor counties for locals and visitors alike.
What follows is Pumpkin Patches and More.org’s top picks for the best in all kinds of pumpkin-related stuff in our region:
•Champlain Orchards: Raspberries, pumpkins, apples, plums. Located at 2955 Route 74 West, Shoreham. Phone: 802-897-2777. Directions: Four miles west of Shoreham Village. Open through October.
•Douglas Orchards: Apples, raspberries, pumpkins. Located at 1050 Route 74 West, Shoreham. Phone: 802-897-5043. Directions: Route 74, one mile west of Shoreham Village. Through November.
•The Last Resort: Pumpkins. Located at 2246 Tyler Bridge Rd., Monkton. Phone: 802-453-2847. Directions: Route 116 south from Hinesburg take right on Tyler Bridge Road or Route 116 north from Bristol turn left on Tyler Bridge Road.
•Lewis Creek Farm: Pumpkins. Located 3071 Vermont Route 116, Starksboro. Phone: 802-453-4591.Directions: Route 116 in the village of Starksboro, across from the Post Office.
•Mead Lane Farm: Raspberries, pumpkins. Located at P.O. Box 222, East Middlebury. Phone: 802-388-6045. On Route 116 in Middlebury, approximately 3/4 of a mile north of Quarry Rd. Open through Oct. 9.
•Norris Berry Farm: Raspberries, pumpkins, vegetables. Located at 686 Davis Rd., Hinesburg. Phone: 802-453-3793. Open through Oct. 31.
•Yankee Kingdom Orchard: Raspberries, pumpkins, vegetables, apples. Located at 2769 Lake St., West Addison. Phone: 802-759-2387. Through Oct. 31.
•Carabeau Family Farmstand: Pumpkins
59A East Rd., Tinmouth. Phone: 802-446-3123. Directions: From Wallingford: Take Route 140 west for 4 miles. Turn onto East Road and farm is on the left.
•Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze: Corn Maze. Located at 741 Prospect Hill Rd., Rutland Town1. Phone: 802-775-2624 .
•Williams Farmstead Gardens: Pumpkins. Located at 1606 U.S. Route 7N, Rutland. Phone: 802-773-8301.
•Winslow Farms: Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins. Pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, school tours. Located at 506 U.S. Route 7, Pittsford. Phone: 802-773-3220.
•Woods Market Garden: Pumpkins. Located at U.S. Route 7, Brandon. Phone: 802- 247-6630.
•Wellwood Orchards: Apples, pumpkins, squash. Located at 529 Wellwood Orchard Rd., Springfield. Phone: 802-263-5200. Six acres of PYO pumpkins, and four acres of PYO winter squash. The store has fresh cider, cider doughnut, maple syrup, honey, fudge, Grafton cheese, a variety of jams, relishes, and gift items. Enjoy a haunted house inside the store through Nov. 1. Spooky Hollow ride starts first Friday in October through Halloween night. Petting zoo with an assortment of farm animals to mid-October. Also birds, chickens, peacocks, rabbits, deer and more critters.