Pick your own Pumpkins in & around Maidstone

It’s the week before Halloween and it’s beautifully autumnal everywhere you go; it’s my favourite time of the year and so this morning I decided to take the small person pumpkin picking.I’ve set myself a little challenge this year to not waste the pumpkins and having never cooked them before I will be using the insides to create whatever takes my fancy.  I usually find the smell really off-putting but I can’t bear to waste all the insides just to carve a face and stick a candle inside…

Despite the threat of Storm Brian we took a chance while the weather looked half decent and headed out in search of pumpkins.

Milebush Farm, West Farleigh – ME15 0PN

This little gem is tucked away heading out of West Farleigh towards Yalding and they run ‘pick your own’ all year round depending on crops. Despite it being just down the road I’ve never been and so it was the first on our list this morning.

Once we found it(you will need satnav or navigation on your phone) we had a little look around and were given a wheelbarrow and pointed in the direction of the field.  After a quick walk through the farm we found a huge field of pumpkins – big, small, knobbly, green – and a scarecrow on a bike.  We found a medium sized pumpkin for the hubs and we set about finding some small and misshapen ones.

Entry is free and pumpkins are priced depending on size – we spent £4 on a medium pumpkin and two small ones.  There are drinks and other bits for sale; well worth a quick visit if you are nearby.

For more information you can find Milebush Farm on Facebook.

Little Fant Farm, East Farleigh

I wrote about our visit to Little Fant Farm earlier in the year and we have since been multiple times; we love their pear juice and so we couldn’t miss out on pumpkin picking there.

They have plenty of car parking and the farm is well signposted; and the tea barn is a must for the cakes, drinks and other tasty treats on offer.  They are selling warm spiced apple juice and it is AMAZING.

This weekend(21st and 22nd October) they are opening up their pumpkin field to pick your own pumpkins and we LOVED it!

As well as the pumpkin picking they had various things on for all to enjoy, I literally think they had some of the biggest pumpkins I have ever seen plus they are always so welcoming and friendly to all, I would highly recommend a visit.  Despite the name there is so much to do – good things come in small packages!

For more information you can check them out on Facebook or their website.

And then Storm Brian hit….

I had planned to pop into Pumpkin Moon in Sandling, but the weather turned nasty and so we came home instead – they are open every day from 10am leading up to Halloween so we will visit in the week and add to this review…

Have you been pumpkin picking?  Where is your favourite place to go?  Do you have any epic recipes – please share and get in touch!

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