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Where to go to pick your own pumpkins — and have a little fall fun

Sure, you can find a pumpkin just about anywhere. But why not make pumpkin picking a true experience with a hayride, corn maze and more fun on the farm? Here are some of our favorite places to pick your own pumpkins (and more)!

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This summer’s weather created perfect growing conditions for pumpkins, growing a bumper crop of thousands of at Young’s Jersey Dairy near Yellow Springs. The pumpkins will be available until the end of October. GABRIELLE ENRIGHT/STAFF (Staff Writer)

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YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY  🎃🍎🌽

Young’s may be famous for its ice cream, but it’s also a top destination for fall family fun. You could easily spend all day at Young’s. Meet some friendly farm animals at their petting zoo, get lost in their corn maze, play miniature golf or test your strength at the driving range. They have not one but two full-service restaurants, so you could theoretically enjoy lunch and dinner. You don’t have to be interested in pick-your-own pumpkins to enjoy a wagon ride around the farm.

Address: 6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs.

Hours: Open 11 a.m. -6 p.m. daily.

Cost: Pick your own pumpkin with wagon ride to patch: $9 per pumpkin or 3 for $24. There are also always thousands of small pumpkins that sell for $3 or less. Cowvin’s Corny Maze is open August 4th- October 28th and is $7 a person age 5 and older. Children age 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The price includes a wagon ride to and from the maze.

Phone: 937-325-0629

More info: https://youngsdairy.com

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The Niederman Family Farm corn maze for 2017 looks challenging. (Contributed)

NIEDERMAN FAMILY FARM 🎃🍎🌽

Niederman Family Farm had a big change last season when they moved the location of the corn maze to the farm’s beautiful “back 40.” This picturesque area of the farm will give you a beautiful view of woods and Gregory Creek.

Pumpkins will be available for picking closer to October, however, visitors can pick a pumpkin when they buy an $8 fall farm tour ticket.

The fall festival begins on Sept. 21 and a wristband is a one-price admission for everything, except for pumpkins and food. Included in the admission is the corn maze, the kiddie corn maze, a hayride, a barrel train, climbing hills, a pipe swing, a climbing web, 9 square in the air, volleyball, tether ball, pumpkin school, giant swing, giant rocker, educational areas and more. New to this year’s fall festival is the Barnyard Butt-Buster, human Foosball, tug of war, tiny houses and more. Admission is $10 online and $12 in-person. Children 2 and under are free 

Address: Niederman Family Farm has a new parking lot entrance, 5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Road, Liberty Twp.

Hours: Fall festival- Sept. 21- Oct. 28. 

Sunday: 1 PM - 6 PM 

Monday: CLOSED 

Tuesday: Private Events 

Wednesday: Private Events 

Thursday: 6 PM - 9 PM 

Friday: 6 PM - 10 PM 

Saturday: 11 AM - 10 PM

Cost: Gate admission is $12 per person age 2 and over. Online tickets can be purchased for $10

Phone: (513) 779-3228

Website: More information and discounted admission tickets at www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com

Facebook: Niederman Family Farm

Burwinkel Farms is a great way to spend a fall day - there s something fun and exciting for everyone. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

BURWINKEL FARMS 🎃🍎🌽

During the month of September, Burwinkel Farms transitions from a produce market into a fall extravaganza. With over 20 varieties of locally grown apples, as well as all your fall decorating needs, Burwinkel Farms is a perfect fall destination to take your family for corn stalks, gourds and pumpkins of all sorts, Indian corn, apple cider, and mums. During the whole month of October, the farm also offers a variety of activities for all ages including a corn maze, skid maze, Halloween scavenger hunt, crawl-thru straw tunnel, corn pool, and weekend hayrides to the farm’s pumpkin patch and sunflower field (when in bloom). Weekday visits can be scheduled for groups and school field trips. 

Address: 4359 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross

Hours: Open daily 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Most activities available during business hours. It’s suggested to call ahead to make sure.

Phone: (513) 738-1145

Website: www.burwinkelfarms.com

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Brown’s Family Farm Market offers affordable fun for everyone at their Fall Family Fun Weekends, which runs through October 31. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

BROWN’S FAMILY FARM MARKET 🎃🍎🌽

Brown’s Family Farm Market offers affordable fun for everyone at their Fall Family Fun Weekends. Most activities around the farm are free, including their corn maze, farm animal displays, play village, New Crazy Maze, New Tractor Play areas, New Corn Crib play area and more. They also offer free parking and a picnic area, which can be reserved for parties and group meetings. The highlight of the visit is always the hayride and picking a pumpkin. Hayrides are $4 a person for ages 3 and up beginning on Saturday, Sept. 22 and continuing every weekend through the end of October. The hayride takes visitors out to the farm’s pumpkin patch where you can pick a pumpkin. Pumpkins are paid for separately in the store, where you can also find local apples, cider, Amish baked goods, fresh produce, and tons of fall treats. Barrel rides are also available for the kids for just $2 a ride.

Address: 11620 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, OH 45013

Hours: Through Oct. 31. Fall Family Fun Weekends begin Saturday, Sept. 22 and are every Saturday and Sunday during regular hours- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hayrides and barrel train rides run from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Cost: Many of the attractions are free; hayrides are $4. Items are available for purchase.

Phone: (513) 738-0404

Website: www.brownsfarmmarket.com

Facebook: Facebook

You can buy your pumpkins pre-picked on weekdays at Iron's Fruit Farm, or you can pick your own on weekends.  (Source: Facebook)

IRONS FRUIT FARM 🎃🍎

Take a hayride to pick your own pumpkins and while you’re there, test your wits in the corn maze. While you’re there, grab some apples and some treats from the bakery: Apple fritters, pies, cinnamon-cider donuts, cookies and more.

Address: 1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon.

Hours: Pick your own pumpkins on weekends through October: Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The corn maze is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Cost: The wagon ride is free; you just pay for the pumpkin by-the-pound. The corn maze is $5 for ages 5-12 and $7 for ages 13 and up.

Phone: 513-932-2853

Website: www.ironsfruitfarm.com

Social media info: Facebook

Fulton's Farm offer a huge selection of pumpkins, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding the right one for you. (Source: Facebook)

FULTON FARMS 🎃🍎🌽

Hayrides start at the scenic Fulton Farms on the weekend of Saturday, Sept. 29 and run every weekend through Oct.28. During all of October, there will be all kinds of games, food and fall fun — not to mention cute farm animals. An $8 hayride ticket includes a pumpkin of any size, access to the activity area, the corn maze, slides, animal yard and more. Pumpkins are available now for $.30 per lb. Weekday hayrides can be scheduled ahead of time beginning in October from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. each half hour, however you must call ahead to make a reservation. 

Location: 2393 State Route 202, Troy.

Hours: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., hours to change later in the season

Cost: $8 for hayride, choice of pumpkin and access to the activity area

Phone: 937-335-6983

Website: http://fultonfarms.com/

Social media info: Facebook

PEIFER ORCHARDS  🎃🍎

Pick your own pumpkin, apples and browse this must-visit market to stock up on farm fresh produce, homemade apple cider and treats.  

Address: 4590 U.S. 68 North, Yellow Springs

Hours:. Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

Cost: Pumpkins priced per pound.  

Phone: 937-767-2208  

More info: www.peiferorchards.com  

Social media info: Facebook  

TüKEN’S FARM  🎃🍎

Pick your own pumpkin — small or gigantic. While you're there, pick your own apples and visit the pigs, llamas, sheep and goats at the small petting zoo on site. Before you head home grab some homemade sweet treats from apple pie to pumpkin fudge. Tukens even has 6 varieties of pumpkins, including baby boo, petite, jaradale, casper, sorcerer and giant.

Address: 15725 Eaton Pike, West Alexandria  

Hours: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Cost: Pumpkins priced per pound.  

Phone: (937) 687-3848  

Website: www.tukensfarmmarket.com  

Social media info: Facebook

Brumbaugh's Fruit and Fun Farm is the perfect place for a family outting, with over 23 different activities. (Source: Facebook)

Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun Farm 🎃🍎

Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun Farm has over 24 different activities for you and your family including a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a corn maze and more. Ride high above the forest on their zipline, or learn about farm animals at their enchanted goat fort. The Willy Worm Wagon Ride and Human Hamster Ball are unconventional ways to experience the farm. Check out the Family Fun Map and don’t miss out on a thing. 

Address: 6420 Arcanum-Hollansburg Road, Arcanum. 

Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 7 p.m. Open weekends through end of October.

Cost: $10 admission to the entire farm. Ages 3 and under and 65 and older are free 

Phone: 937-692-8084

More info: Website Facebook

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