2015 Guide to Pumpkin Farms in Cary


Cary, NC — Where can you find the best pumpkins in Cary? Here’s your guide.

Guide to Pumpkin Patches

Next week, we’ll publish our Cary Guide to Halloween – it’s a list of all the pumpkin carves, fall festivals, Halloween parties and spooky movies and concerts that you can find right here in town. This week, however, we’ll list the best places to find pumpkins in Cary – because Cary is, indeed, the best place in the Triangle for pumpkins. Here’s why.

Cary is the Best Place for Pumpkins

In Cary, we have more than roadside pumpkin patches – we have real farms where you can pick your own pumpkins and enjoy agritourism, or farm-based activities that bring visitors to engage, play and learn on the farm. Hayrides, farm animals, corn mazes and more are all part of this fun.

Here are the best farms for pumpkins (and more) in Cary.

Upchurch Farm

2521 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary

You’ll find the largest variety of pumpkins in the Triangle at the Upchurch Farm – big pumpkins, little ones, funny ones and scary ones in colors of orange, green, black and even blue!

That’s because Farmer Ganyard uses his own technique to mimic the optimal pumpkin-growing climates you’ll find in the NC mountains and the Great Lakes Rim to grow the largest selection of pumpkins you’ll find right here in Cary – five fields of pumpkins.

You can pick your pumpkin straight out of the pumpkin field or pick from pumpkins that have already been picked and stacked. Visit the “weird and exotic” pumpkin field to search under big green leaves for the strangest pumpkin you can find, or visit a field just for kids.

While you’re at the farm, you can enjoy a corn maze, visits with barnyard animals, a haystack mountain, a “pit of corn” to play in, shopping at the farm market and a hayride. Everyone who pays admission to the farm can pick a free pumpkin to take home with them.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 am – 6 pm; Sundays 10 am – 6 pm
Pricing: $14 per person, groups of 15 or more $12 per person (special rates are available for school field trips and members of the military).

Green Acres Farm

1132 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary

Green Acres Farm uses the honor system for selling their great pumpkins that are grown in Western NC, in Southwestern VA and right on the Cary farm. Stop by anytime, choose your pumpkins and place the money in the mail box provided (cash or checks made payable to Green Acres Farm). All pumpkins are priced from $2 to $20, depending on size.

Visit the farm on weekends to enjoy a corn maze and lots of other family activities.

Bounce houses, hayrides and outdoor games are included in your admission; horse rides, train rides and food purchases are extra.

Corn maze hours: Fridays 4 pm – 10 pm; Saturdays 9 am – 10 pm; Sundays 11 am – 7 pm (special weekday hours are offered to school groups that make reservations).
Pricing: $10 general admission, special rates offered to groups, kids, seniors and military. Bring a canned good to donate to Dorcas Ministries for $1 off.

Phillips Farms

6701 Good Hope Church Road, Cary

Pick a pumpkin right off the vine at the Phillips Farm in Cary. The prices vary depending on the size of the pumpkin. While you’re there, take a trip through the corn maze and fun house, swing, slide, visit animals, climb on antique tractors and more. For an extra fee, you can feed goats, shoot a pumpkin launcher, enjoy hot cider and food and more.

Hours: Fridays 3 pm – 6:30 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 6:30 pm; Sundays 1 pm – 6 pm
Pricing: $10 for general admission

Did We Miss a Great Pumpkin Patch?

You can also visit Garden Supply Company, our great Cary farmers’ markets and various patches around town to find great pumpkins. What’s your favorite place to get pumpkins in Cary? Comment below to let us (and your fellow readers) know.


Story by Jessica Patrick. Photo by tibbygirl.