Pumpkin Picking in Mechanicsville, VA

by Robyn Lynne Schechter, Demand Media
    Picking pumpkins is the perfect way to enjoy an October day in Mechanicsville.

    Picking pumpkins is the perfect way to enjoy an October day in Mechanicsville.

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    Located in Hanover County in eastern Virginia, and just a 15-minute car ride to the state capital of Richmond, Mechanicsville is home to two pumpkin patches and just a short drive away from other patches in adjacent areas. Picking pumpkins in this area of Virginia during October is not only a fun experience -- one which often includes freebies such as a hayride -- but also a breathtaking way to enjoy Virginia's still-warm climate and autumnal foliage.

    Dodd's Acres Farm

    Located in Mechanicsville itself, Dodd's Acres Farm is a farmer's market that allows visitors to pick fresh, in-season vegetables and fruits. During the fall, Dodd's Acres uses the grounds to harvest pumpkins, and guests can pick their own seven days a week. During the week, Dodd's Acres Farm is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; hours are limited on Saturdays (8 a.m. until noon) and Sundays (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Dodd's Acres Farm 4077 Market Road Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (804) 781-0180

    Windy Knoll Farm

    Also in Mechanicsville is Windy Knoll Farm. During the month of October, Windy Knoll Farm's pumpkin patch is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; during the week, pumpkin picking is limited to private engagements with schools that bring students to the patch. After arriving at the farm, visitors enjoy a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and back. Guests may also pick gourds in addition to pumpkins. Windy Knoll Farm 10094 Windy Knoll Drive Mechanicsville, Virginis 23116

    Gallmeyer Farms

    Nearby, in Richmond, is Gallmeyer Farms, home to a pumpkin patch once visited by a United States president (George W. Bush). Gallmeyer Farms offers a variety of free activities each day in October from 8 a.m. until dusk that go beyond pumpkin-picking. Families can enjoy a hayride, visit a haunted house or pick Halloween-related decorations such as gourds, Indian corn and straw bales. Gallmeyer Farms hosts larger groups in addition to families and can also provide a presentation on how pumpkins are grown and their benefits. Gallmeyer Farms 4506 Millers Lane Richmond, Virginia 23231 (804) 222-2285

    Ashland Berry Farm

    Beaverdam, Virginia, a 30-minute car ride from Mechanicsville, is home to Ashland Berry Farm. Although for the bulk of the year the farm is a garden center specializing in landscaping and pond design, it hosts a pumpkin patch every October. Operating from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, the farm extends its hours during the Halloween season, and visitors enjoy a free hayride from the farm's main grounds to the pumpkin patch. Ashland Berry Farm 12607 Old Ridge Road Beaverdam, Virginia 23015 (804) 227-3601

    About the Author

    Robyn Lynne Schechter is a freelance writer currently living in Los Angeles, Calif. She has been an online contributor since 2007 on brandchannel.com, covering branding developments in the fashion, music, sports and entertainment industries. Schechter graduated from Hood College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and is also a graduate of Albany Law School.

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