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Where to pick your own pumpkin within 25 miles of downtown Boston

Because you crave the experience, but you don't want it to take all day

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Halloween is imminent and every decent Boston-area household needs a pumpkin. Should you desire to leapfrog over the middleman and pick your own, here are several options within 25 miles of downtown Boston. Because, let's be honest, one may want the fresh-air experience of plucking one's own decorative squash from the cold earth; but one may not want it to take all day.

A note: Please check with the farms or their websites to see about picking charges—and to see if they might've run out of fresh pumpkins to actually pick. Right now, it's all systems go at all but one of these farms; and the remainder is expected to come online soon.

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1. Boston Hill Farm

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Twelve generations(!) have run this family farm in North Andover. It offers pumpkin-picking from mid-September through mid-October.

2. Shelburne Farm

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106 W Acton Rd
Stow, MA 01775
(978) 897-9287
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The pumpkin patch here is open every day now from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3. Carver Hill Orchard

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101 Brookside Ave
Stow, MA 01775

The family-run farm's pumpkin-picking season is in full swing. Like other spots on this map, apples are also ripe for the picking.

4. Hanson's Farm

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20 Nixon Rd
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 877-3058
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The fifth-generation family farm's pumpkin-picking season started this month and runs toward Thanksgiving.

5. Belkin Family Lookout Farm

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89 Pleasant St
Natick, MA 01760

The Natick farm dates from the early 1650s, making it one of the oldest continuously operating farms in America. Right now, pumpkins are not on the picking schedule, but that could change very soon. Lookout usually has thousands available every fall.

1. Boston Hill Farm

North Andover, MA 01845

Twelve generations(!) have run this family farm in North Andover. It offers pumpkin-picking from mid-September through mid-October.

2. Shelburne Farm

106 W Acton Rd, Stow, MA 01775

The pumpkin patch here is open every day now from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

106 W Acton Rd
Stow, MA 01775

3. Carver Hill Orchard

101 Brookside Ave, Stow, MA 01775

The family-run farm's pumpkin-picking season is in full swing. Like other spots on this map, apples are also ripe for the picking.

101 Brookside Ave
Stow, MA 01775

4. Hanson's Farm

20 Nixon Rd, Framingham, MA 01701

The fifth-generation family farm's pumpkin-picking season started this month and runs toward Thanksgiving.

20 Nixon Rd
Framingham, MA 01701

5. Belkin Family Lookout Farm

89 Pleasant St, Natick, MA 01760

The Natick farm dates from the early 1650s, making it one of the oldest continuously operating farms in America. Right now, pumpkins are not on the picking schedule, but that could change very soon. Lookout usually has thousands available every fall.

89 Pleasant St
Natick, MA 01760