When it comes to buying a pumpkin for Halloween, it’s easy enough to grab one in the produce section of your local grocery store. But finding the perfect table centerpiece or jack-o-lantern pumpkin for your yard isn’t about what’s easy.
Folks who know pumpkins know that there’s two main sources for quality, locally grown gourds: churches and farms. There is no shortage of either in Western North Carolina when it comes time for pumpkin picking. But with so many locations to choose from, how will you know where to find the perfect pumpkin (or cartload) for you?
Luckily, Beverly-Hanks agents are community experts AND seasoned pumpkin pickers. We asked our agents: Where is the best place in WNC to buy a pumpkin during Halloween season?
Our Favorite Church Pumpkin Patches
The community spirit rises high as the temperature outside begins to dip. No matter your denomination, it’s a great time to pick a pumpkin and support a great cause. Here are a few of our agents’ favorite church ground pumpkin patches:
The pumpkin patch at Fletcher United Methodist Church is a perennial favorite! The money raised is used for their youth mission trips.
I recommend Groce United Methodist Church on Tunnel Road in Asheville. Their yearly pumpkin patch benefits different Missions—so your money is going back into a community in need. And they have a great selection of pumpkins!
I usually buy my pumpkins at Groce United Methodist Church on Highway 70 in East Asheville. The people are so friendly and you can get some great photos! The best part is that the funds help support mission work all over the world.
First Methodist Church in Waynesville is THE BEST!! There are thousands of pumpkins to choose from! It’s a pumpkin paradise!
Grace Episcopal Church on Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville is known for its stunning hillside of pumpkins. Every October, church members sell pumpkins on the grounds. In a win-win endeavor, you can pick out your own pumpkin, while proceeds from the sale benefit children in Haiti.
I’m biased, but the pumpkin patch at Grace Episcopal Church on Merrimon is my favorite. It’s beautiful enough to be featured in Our State magazine this month. Plus, the pumpkin sales benefit Consider Haiti, dedicated to promoting the health and welfare of Haitian children. I’m the chairman of their board of directors and Katherine and I have both travelled to Haiti with them.
Grace Episcopal Church, Photo by Jennifer Vogel
Our Favorite Pumpkin Farmers
If you want a true pick-your-own experience, you can’t get any fresher than buying your pumpkins straight from the farm. In WNC, there are dozens of local farms to tour or farmers markets to visit. Here are a few suggested by our agents:
Grandad’s Apples N’ Such is an 80-acre working farm in Hendersonville, NC. It is our favorite place, and you can find any size or shape pumpkin you could imagine here. They have a five-acre corn maze, barnyard animals, and family activities on the weekends. Inside their general store, they have a bakery with apple cider donuts and other wonderful goodies!
The best place to find a pumpkin is the WNC Farmers Market. I have never seen so many varieties, sizes, shapes, and colors of pumpkins in my life! The prices are fantastic, especially when you consider the selection available in one place. You also get the added benefit of supporting farmers!
For folks looking in the eastern part of Henderson County, visit Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard just off Pace Road. You can pick your own pumpkin right off the vine. For folks looking in the western part of Henderson County, visit Johnson Family Farm at Kanuga Road and Erkwood Drive. They have a great selection of locally grown pumpkins.
The best place to get a pumpkin in WNC is Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview! There are fields of pumpkins to pick your own, a corn maze, farm animals, and a farm store filled with local jams, honey, eggs, and more. If all this fun works up an appetite, enjoy a deli lunch and top off the day with hot cider or a cider pop!
Grab your pumpkin from Hickory Nut Gap Farm! They have a great pumpkin patch, corn mazes, hayrides, and a delicious deli/bakery with farm fresh treats. You will not be disappointed! They also just so happen to be a part of our LoLo client appreciation this month. Email me to receive your free $10 gift certificate—and put it toward a farm-fresh pumpkin of your choice!
Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Photo by Wes Hight | Top Image Groce United Methodist Church, Photo by Janet Blake