Garden Guru Doug Oster’s Picks:
Pumpkinland at Janoski’s Farm and Greenhouse
1714 State Route 30
Clinton, Pa. 15026
Saturdays & Sundays in October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Halloween.
The mother of all pumpkin patches is Pumpkinland at Janoski’s Farm and Greenhouse in Clinton. Often imitated, but never duplicated, it’s the number one stop for pumpkins and everything fall.
Soergel Orchards Fall Festival
2573 Brandt School Rd.
Wexford, Pa. 15090
Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 24 to Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Soergel Orchards in Franklin Park has a fine selection of fresh field grown pumpkins along with lots of great activities for kids.
Trax Farms Fall Festival
528 Trax Rd.
Finleyville, Pa. 15332
Sept. 17 to Oct. 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Trax Farms in Finleyville off Route 88 has an amazing pumpkin selection including one that’s been bred by the family for generations. This is one-stop shopping for everything gardening as well.
Cheeseman Farm Pumpkin Festival
147 Kennedy Rd.
Portersville, Pa. 16051
Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 24 to Oct. 30, Noon – 5 p.m.
Cheeseman’s Farm offers hayrides to their pick-your-own pumpkin patches as well as a petting zoo and corn maze. After dark, the Fright Farm opens, and guests can embark on a haunted adventure until 10 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s Finest Family Apple & Pumpkin Festival at Triple B Farms
823 Berry Lane
Monongahela, Pa. 15063
Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 24 – Oct. 31, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Triple B Farms offers pick-your-own pumpkins, pony rides and hay rides as well as other activities for children. Each week has a new activity theme and kids can play all day! Triple B Farms also has a market where they sell their homemade jams, jellies and sauces as well as a variety of fresh and canned produce.