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By David O’Brien

Fall means changing leaves, Halloween costumes and the chance to pick your own pumpkins. Here are some of the most popular pumpkin patches in the St. Louis area.

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Stuckmeyer’s Farm Market

Going to Stuckmeyer’s for pumpkins is an annual event for many area families. Stuckmeyer’s is a family owned vegetable farm that’s been around for decades. The pumpkin patch is open every day in October, but if you go on a weekend in October you can also enjoy Farm Fun Days. This event features hayrides, farm animals, pony rides, live music and more. Stuckmeyer’s is located at the intersecton of Highways 141 and 21 in Fenton. For more information, call 636-349-1225.

 - Photo by Sharon Dominick, courtesy Getty Images
Photo by Sharon Dominick, courtesy Getty Images

Eckert’s Orchards

Eckert’s Orchards is a year-round destination for St. Louis area families. In October, the pumpkins take center stage. You’ll find any size pumpkin you need at the Eckert’s locations in Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton. Eckert’s also hosts many other fall events including haunted hayrides, bonfires, pumpkin parties and more. The Belleville location is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Millstadt location is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Grafton location is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rombachs Farm

Rombachs Farm is a popular spot for pumpkins in St. Louis County. You’ll also find fall decorations and dried gourds for your home. The Rombachs Farm pumpkin patch is open daily in October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s located at 18639 Olive Street Road in Chesterfield, near Spirit of St. Louis Airport. For more information, call 636-532-7265.

Relleke Pumpkin Patch

Relleke Pumpkin Patch is a good place for pumpkins in the Metro East. The pumpkin patch opens at the end of September and is open every day through November 1. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Relleke Pumpkin Patch is located at 473 Sand Prairie Lane in Granite City. For more information, call 618-797-6858.

Thies Farm and Greenhouses

Thies Farm knows how to celebrate the fall harvest. Not only will you find the perfect pumpkin, but in October, both locations are transformed into a “Pumpkinland” play area for children. Pumpkinland is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Theis Farm is located on North Hanley Road and in Maryland Heights. For more information, call 314-428-9878.

Golden Valley Pumpkin Patch

Golden Valley Pumpkin Patch in Franklin County offers all kinds of fall fun. There are hayrides, a corn maze, farm animals and pony rides. And of course, plenty of pumpkins to take home. The farm is open Saturdays and Sundays starting September 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s located at 6320 Highway 100 in Washington, MO. For more information, call 636-221-1956.

Herman’s Farm Orchard

Check out the pumpkin patch and more at Herman’s Farm Orchard in St. Charles. You can pick your own pumpkins, choose from a variety of hearty mums or shop in the market. Herman’s Farm Orchard is open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s located at 3663 North Highway 94. For more information, call 636-925-9969.

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