Pumpkin dishes are popping up in restaurants all over Denver -- but you can also harvest your own fresh fruit at a Colorado pumpkin patch. Here are five farms where the pumpkins are just ripe for the picking.
5) Amaizing Pumpkins and More County Road 10, Holyoke This Holyoke farm was inspired by its love of Halloween and fall festivities to open its pumpkin patch in 2009. Amaizing Pumpkins and More boasts an impressive patch that features Howden Biggies (which can average up to 75 pounds), carving pumpkins, Field Trip pumpkins, decorative pumpkins, mini pumpkins and pie pumpkins. On Friday and Saturday nights, families can enjoy the farm's other offerings, including a haunted corn maize, and even build a campfire (wood provided) to roast marshmallows.
4) Cottonwood Farms 1535 North 75th Street, Boulder At Cottonwood Farms, families can pick their perfect pumpkin (unaffected by last weekend's frost!) using one of the lender wagons. After that, they get to learn more about the farm on a steam engine ride or classic hayride; they can also meet the family of friendly farm animals. Open every day through October 31.
3) Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch 9057 Ute Highway CO 66, Longmont Longmont's Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch is the ultimate family-friendly destination for pumpkin-seeking and much more: The October Pumpkin Festival celebrates the harvest every Saturday and Sunday throughout October with an expansive pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo and pony rides, as well as a host of festive food vendors selling seasonal goodies like hand-dipped caramel apples. Enjoy views of the Rocky Mountains and Longs Peak, too.
2)Diana's Pumpkin Patch Corn Maze 1649 Poplar Avenue, Canon City This family-owned Fremont County pumpkin patch grows an abundance of heirloom and heritage pumpkins, as well as decorative squash, gourds, Indian corn and hay bales, too. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 31.
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1) Anderson Farms 6728 Country Road 3-1/4, Erie Anderson Farms' Fall Festival is a celebration of all things nostalgically autumnal. To get to the pumpkin patch, you take a hayride on a wagon pulled by an antique tractor. The pumpkin patch is one of the largest in Colorado, with more than 30 acres and 26 varieties of squash, pumpkins and gourds. For the action-oriented, there's a pumpkin launching on Saturdays and Sundays, when pumpkins get hurled up to a quarter mile. Open every day through October.