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divalicias
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Pumpkin patches
      #1178950 - 10/03/07 03:04 PM (24.30.242.219)

Our favorite pumpkin patch (Cox Farm in Fairfax) is getting to be too far to drive to from Stafford County. Where is the best place nearby to take the kidlets for their pumkin fix?

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1179086 - 10/03/07 05:55 PM (72.219.203.52)

If you want to blow a wad of cash, Belvedere Plantation will charge you $14 per person (kiddies older than 2 also) to go to theirs.
I can't believe how ridiculously priced everything has gotten to be...

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: muffetjane]
      #1179110 - 10/03/07 06:55 PM (24.30.242.219)

Wow! What does $14 get you -- a really huge pumpkin?

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: muffetjane]
      #1179122 - 10/03/07 07:17 PM (24.30.242.219)

Whoa ... $14 each? Sheez. I'd rather grow my own pumpkins.


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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1179397 - 10/04/07 09:17 AM (199.10.37.18)

Snead's Asparagus Farm - pumpkins and Christmas trees
540/371-9328. Address: About 12 miles southeast of Fredericksburg on Route 17. Directions: From I-95, take Massaponax exit (126), go south on Route 1 for one third mile. Turn left (south) on Route 17, go 10 miles. Farm will be on the right side of Route 17, 10 miles southeast of Fredericksburg.
Open: May 3 through Labor Day - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For school groups during October - Free hayride, animal petting, and pumpkin growing lesson with purchase of a $3 pumpkin per child; $60 minimum per group. For the general public, pick-your-own pumpkins are $3 each, any size. For school groups during December - Free hayride, animal petting and Christmas tree growing lesson with purchase of one tree per school group. Free-range chicken eggs available for home delivery to downtown Fredericksburg. Ask for Jessica when calling for eggs


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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: deeinva]
      #1179568 - 10/04/07 03:07 PM (208.6.1.177)

we love that place.. its about a mile from belvedere if that... they have all kinds of pumpkins too not just orange ones!

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: RiverBrook]
      #1179612 - 10/04/07 05:36 PM (205.188.117.17)

We went to Snead's last year too and had a good time. And we got some great Pumpkins. They have a bunch of patches that you can drive up to in your car, that was good for the kiddies once they got tired. I can't see spend $14.00 per person(?) to get into the Patch and then have to pay per pound for your Pumpkins. We plan on going to Sneads again this year.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: momofboys]
      #1179628 - 10/04/07 06:12 PM (24.30.242.219)

Oooh, Snead's.... I read about that place -- but forgot -- thanks for the reminder. Can't wait to try a visit there later this month.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1179641 - 10/04/07 06:59 PM (72.219.203.52)

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Wow! What does $14 get you -- a really huge pumpkin?




Nope, the pumpkins are an overpriced extra.
That price tag gets you in, and gets you access to the maize maze, the hayride to the pumpkin patch and also lets you wander around the property and play on the kiddy attractions (weight limit=200 lbs)


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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: muffetjane]
      #1179790 - 10/05/07 07:48 AM (24.30.242.219)

I just heard about another pumpkin place last night - it's close to Charlotteville -- so it might be a bit of a drive -- but probably okay without traffic. Round Hill Farm -- here's the website. http://www.round-hill-farm.com/index.htm

Happy punkin pickin'!


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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1179829 - 10/05/07 09:18 AM (138.162.0.43)

Looks like it's close to Unionville, just off Rt. 20 on the way from Fred'bg to Orange.
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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: momofboys]
      #1180511 - 10/06/07 03:36 PM (72.209.236.108)

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I can't see spend $14.00 per person(?) to get into the Patch




Yes, per person, anyone over 2 years old (although there is a $2 per person discount if you are in the military or are a senior citizen, I think; woopty do)


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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: muffetjane]
      #1180650 - 10/07/07 09:14 AM (24.30.242.219)

I heard Belvedere has a group rate of $8 per person -- not sure how many constitutes group, or if that's just the price of admission and pumpkins are extra. The reduced rate might also only apply to weekdays.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1180814 - 10/08/07 02:39 AM (24.30.242.219)

Found out about another pumpkin place -- Cows 'n' Corn -- in Midland, VA. Here's the link: http://www.cows-n-corn.com/

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1180877 - 10/08/07 09:39 AM (72.209.227.177)

My mom took my daughter to the one in Midland last year. She said it ended up being a lot cheaper. My big thing, is they have 3 and under free. So my daughter is free. Belvadere wants too much for their crap IMO. I will not be returning there this year. If we don't decide on riding out to Midland, I will check out Sneads. Hopefully we have some luck there. I wish Chesterfield wasn't such a drive from here. They have a great Pumpkin/Berry Farm out there.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1180879 - 10/08/07 09:39 AM (71.171.79.118)

I would call before you go to any of these places. I know one of the big pumpkin patches in the area didn't have any decent pumpkins left. With no rain there is a huge shortage of nice ones.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: Hurdleguru]
      #1180882 - 10/08/07 09:42 AM (72.209.227.177)

I plan on calling around first. I would be pissed if I spent my the drive and the money on the hayride, all to find some crappy pumpkins!

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: kaylins_mommy]
      #1180919 - 10/08/07 11:07 AM (198.68.16.40)

I just took the kids to Peak's Nursery at the Spotsy Courthouse this year. It's nothing major and there are no hay rides, but there was a huge selection of beautiful pumpkins (only .35 a lb!). They also had a couple little slides and a fun house for the kids (little kids). They sell bails of straw for like $4 (which are great for decorating the front yard). I used to go to Belvedere, but everything seems like a ripoff there anymore! It's overcrowded, and the selection of pumpkins suck!

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: SpotsyMom27]
      #1180942 - 10/08/07 11:39 AM (71.254.29.132)

There is a place called Inglewood Farm here Fauquier County that opens up on weekends. I think the pumpkins are about 3 dollars each. Coming from Fred on Rt. 17 it is on the right after Hugo's, the old roller rink (look for the big rollerskate).

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: dcsiouxfan]
      #1180984 - 10/08/07 12:25 PM (24.125.18.203)

We are planning on going to Belvadere this year because we get miltary discounts there and Lucy loves the hay ride and she loves picking out her own pumpkin too. Plus my mom and I have fun making a scarecrow too for our porch (which ususally stays there until after THANKSGIVING)!

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: SingleLakeAnna]
      #1181204 - 10/08/07 08:25 PM (72.209.236.108)

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We are planning on going to Belvadere this year because we get miltary discounts there and Lucy loves the hay ride and she loves picking out her own pumpkin too. Plus my mom and I have fun making a scarecrow too for our porch (which ususally stays there until after THANKSGIVING)!




Have fun paying through the nose.
I still can't get over how much they charge...


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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: muffetjane]
      #1182054 - 10/10/07 09:31 AM (24.30.242.219)

Don't other places have hayrides? $14 seems a lot for a ride in the hay.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: kaylins_mommy]
      #1182078 - 10/10/07 10:10 AM (64.12.117.17)

My sister-in-law told me Ashland Berry Farm has a nice selection of Pumpkins. I have never been there so I don't know what they offer but go to there website and check it out. Maybe that would be an option.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1182840 - 10/11/07 08:07 PM (71.117.16.71)

Like Round hill farm. Have gone there for the past 2 years. They say there is a charge but we have never been able to find anyone to pay admission to. The scenery is incredible. Farm animals to pet. No bells and whistles of local patches but it really feels like a farm.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1182847 - 10/11/07 08:29 PM (209.163.125.254)

There are lots of things for the kids to do at Belvedere. I do agree that the admission is alot, but they have pedal tractors, farm animals, pig races, moon bounce, jousting bounce, the maze, 3 levels of zip line, a great mountain slide, playground with a small slide, fun barn, and so on. Extra attractions like the Pumpkin Cannon that is starting this weekend. Many families spend the whole day there and then it's a great nap time for kids when they get home.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: junie]
      #1182984 - 10/12/07 09:13 AM (72.209.227.177)

Belvedere isn't all it's cracked up to be, and def. not for 14.00 a person. That is INSANE in my book.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: kaylins_mommy]
      #1183259 - 10/12/07 05:38 PM (162.84.80.223)

With 5 kids all over the age of 2, there is no way I'm going to Belvedere, almost $100 just to walk onto their land. No thank you. We used to go when it was just $5 to get in with a coupon so we've BTDT. Now we just want the orange orbs. Once upon a time there was plenty of farm experiences available around spotsy, now they are all sub-divisions so people have to pay to get the fantasy.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: kimcmitch]
      #1183933 - 10/14/07 10:21 AM (24.30.242.219)

I never went to a pumpkin patch farm as a child. Where I grew up, there were parking lot pumpkin patches. So my obsession with pumpkin patches may have something to do with providing my kids with a childhood memory that I never experienced.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1183939 - 10/14/07 10:46 AM (72.209.227.177)

Yesterday we went to Apple Festival in Syria, VA. I couldn't find the post on here about where this was talked about, but I just wanted to say, that WE HAD A BLAST!!! There is sooooo much for the family. Parking and admission is free. All the attractions, but the food was cheap. I don't think the food was badly priced for a free event. They had live music, a huge Apple Orchard for the kids to pick apples and eat as many as they could, ton's of art's and craft's, homemade Cider and Applebutter. Candy/Caramel apples, pork rinds, funnel cakes, then some other food. For the kids there is a hayride, HUGE barrels of hay for the kids to play in, a hay maze, pony rides, sandart. This is on today and next weekend too. I suggest going and bringing the whole family. Instead of the Pumpkin Patch this year, we invested in this. We're going to Snead's to get a pumpkin that is inexpensive. Decided to do something different for a change this October.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: kaylins_mommy]
      #1183946 - 10/14/07 11:13 AM (64.12.117.17)

My boys and I are going to the Pumpkin Patch today. We are taking our friend and her two boys for their first Pumpkin Patch experience.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: kaylins_mommy]
      #1183989 - 10/14/07 02:45 PM (24.30.242.219)

I just heard about the Apple Festival yesterday. I will have to remember this fo next year -- sounds absolutely fun-tastic! Even better that it's free.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1183990 - 10/14/07 02:48 PM (72.209.227.177)

They are having it again next weekend from what I read. I might have to escape again. We had a good time, and a funfilled Saturday. The weather was perfect today and yesturday.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: kaylins_mommy]
      #1184072 - 10/14/07 08:23 PM (70.104.226.104)

We went to Snead's this weekend. They have plenty of pumpkins. We picked up six very large ones and four gourds for a grand total of $20. The kidlets petted horses, goats and llamas, and fed the chickens. They played on a rope swing in the barn, a tree swing, and a zip line.

A friend recommended the Apple Festival at Graves Mountain Lodge. We can't fit it in this year, but will give it a try next year.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: divalicias]
      #1184695 - 10/15/07 01:41 PM (71.161.46.88)

We like Westmoreland Berry Farm. There is no admission fee. On the weekends in the fall they have a wagon ride down to the pumpkin patch. I think the ride might cost $1.00. They have haystacks for the children to jump and play on, a playground, you can feed their goats and lambs. They have a nice covered pavilion where you can sit in rocking chairs and other chairs and enjoy the day, buy produce and other things, they have a concession stand also. It is small but quaint and a lot better than paying the expensive prices at Belvedere. My boys always enjoy going there.

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Re: Pumpkin patches [Re: mimi2two]
      #1184718 - 10/15/07 02:31 PM (24.125.3.137)

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We went to Snead's this weekend.




We went Sunday, around 4 and there was hardly anyone there. We went to the back field and, like you, we got 6 very large pumpkins plus some little baby ones we spotted, next to the sunflowers, on the way out. They also had a good selection of sugar pumpkins for cooking, winter squash and gourds.

I've been going to Snead's for years but only for the asparagus, this was my 1st time for pumpkins. I'm glad I went there, it was well worth it.


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