I have to admit that it’s been many years since I made a pumpkin pie from scratch, but our family still enjoys heading out to the pumpkin patch to choose beauties for big, fat Jack-‘O-Lanterns. 

My twin daughters’ birthday falls right around Halloween, so last year, we visited a pumpkin stand on Ogden-Parma Town LIne Road in Spencerport NY and picked up adorable and inexpensive little pumpkins for the kids to decorate.  It was a great activity to add to the birthday celebration.

U-pick farms are fun for everyone!

U-pick farms are fun for everyone!

If you’d like to pick your own pumpkins this year, for pies, jack-‘O-Lanterns or decorations, here’s a list of “U-Pick” Farms in the Finger Lakes region of NY, courtesy of ILovetheFingerLakes.com.  This list is also a great resource for other types of fruit farms as well.  Many pick-your-own farms also offer wagon rides, corn mazes and activities the whole family can enjoy.

Before you choose your pumpkins, think about how they’ll be used.  According to Melissa Davlin in an article for Public Radio for the Finger Lakes, larger pumpkins are great for decorations, but the smaller ones, particularly sugar pumpkins,  are better for pies and cooking needs. 

In case you want to try your hand at making a pumpkin pie this year (I just might!), Allrecipes.com has more than 90 different pumpkin pie recipes.  Who knew there could be so many ways to make pumpkin pie!