By Alysha Webb-Pigg, EDN
While driving to 91909 River Road on an October morning, two thoughts crossed my mind: Does this fog clear up anytime soon? And is it usually accompanied by strange orange globes? Luckily, the fog did subside, the orange globes were pumpkins, and a large charismatic sign popped up reading, “Lone Pine Farms, 1.5 miles.”
Patrick Adams greeted me from behind a counter full of freshly baked cookies and jumbo caramel apples decorated with gummy worms and candy corns, appropriate for the Halloween holiday approaching. Adams has worked at Lone Pine Farms for 12 seasons, each season being from May 1st-October 31st. Adams knows just about everything that Lone Pine has to offer.
Every season, Adams has the pleasure of being surrounded by families, fresh produce, and friendly, petting-zoo goats. During October specifically, Adams works in an environment overflowing with our favorite orange decoration — the pumpkin — as well as numerous excited individuals who relish in the available activities at Lone Pine Farms. Pumpkins at Lone Pine are only 29 cents per pound and range from miniature size to 70 or 80 pounds.
As for the busiest hours, Adams says,
“Just like other pumpkin patches during this time of the year, times when children and their families are able to find a time away from school or work are the busiest times of the week. The busiest time and days here are the afternoon and weekends.”
Part of the reason for the increased business in the afternoons and weekends is the haunted corn maze. The maze, open on weekends, draws adventurers of all ages as they put their fear to the test. Each year, the owners and management at Lone Pine Farms pick the corn maze theme and design. The theme this year is, “Witch way is the Lone Pine?”
A combination of the haunted corn maze and overall experience at Lone Pine Farms helps to distinguish them from other farms in the region. Adams explains,
“The goat walk and haunted corn maze are two things other [pumpkin patchess] don’t have.”
The corn maze at Lone Pine is open during the daytime as well as weekend evenings. Daytime prices are slightly cheaper than evening prices. Other attractions that draw crowds to Lone Pine include hayrides, a petting zoo, fresh treats like kettle corn, and prize-winning chili at the farm’s Barnyard Café.
Lone Pine Farms also has a market filled with produce, which includes items they grow themselves. These items range from berries, fall and winter squashes, to corn. Additionally, there are fall-time decorative items available like corn and miniature pumpkins (3 for $1). With vintage wooden produce barrels and some favorite old time goodies like cold “crush” soda pop in glass bottles, stepping into the market at Lone Pine Farms is like taking a step back in time.
The field at Lone Pine is currently decorated with a large blow-up pumpkin. Even from far away visitors can see it flashing its imaginary grin. There is also a western-style setting with mock stores like the “Lone Pine Saloon.”
Additionally, an outdoor picnic area surrounded by a cheese steak and fresh kettle corn stand make Lone Pine Farms an all-inclusive day trip. Adams says,
“It’s a good feeling to have something to share that everybody enjoys.”
For families who are not fans of the ghouls and goblins that haunt Halloween, Lone Pine Farms offers alternative entertainment. Visitors can go through a non-haunted corn maze with a flashlight.
Overall, Lone Pine Farms has made itself a desirable stop for Halloween lovers who are looking for a seasonal adventure. With free parking and activities available for every age, it is a perfect spot for families to enjoy a wicked pumpkin picking experience.
For more information about Lone Pine Farms, visit their website at http://www.lonepinefarms.com/.