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Five Places to Find the Perfect Pumpkin

17:00 October 12, 2020
By: Blake Anderson

It's the best time of the year. This is the time when you can do almost anything with a pumpkin. Have a pumpkin-painting or pumpkin-carving night with your family and friends. Join Mom in the kitchen to bake the family's famous pumpkin pie or get messy and take out all the seeds to make roasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy a day in the pumpkin patch and pick the perfect pumpkins, then get creative with the season.

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The Great Pumpkin Patch at St. Augustine's Church

Every October, St. Augustine's Church in Metairie hosts The Great Pumpkin Patch, which features thousands of pumpkins and gourds in a variety of sizes and colors. In addition, the pumpkin patch sells jewelry, crafts, and home-baked goods. St. Augustine's is excited that they can keep their tradition, saying, "We look forward to keeping this important tradition alive for or community," even with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the New Orleans area. All guests are required to wear masks, and there will be hand sanitizing stations along the fields. The pumpkin patch is open Monday through Friday, from noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Great Pumpkin Patch will be open for all to enjoy through Halloween. St. Augustine's always welcome volunteers. If interested in volunteering, click here. 3412 Haring Rd., (504) 887-4801,

Mrs. Heather's Pumpkin Patch

Mrs. Heather's Pumpkin Patch in Hammond is the perfect place for the whole family to spend the day. As well as being able to pick their own pumpkin, families can also have fun zip lining, enjoying the hay maze, playing horseshoes, taking great pictures, and much more. You can even milk a cow! And pumpkin-painting is available on the weekends. Mrs. Heather's Pumpkin Patch is also a great spot to spend the day outside along the nature trails and the many places to have a picnic. Until November 8, the pumpkin patch will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for kids is $7, and adults are free. Come find your future jack-o-lantern here or just come for the fun. 11215 Lee's Ln., Hammond, (225) 567-3493,

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St. Martin's Episcopal Church

Returning for the 2020 pumpkin season, St. Martin's Episcopal Church is giving guests a chance to pick their perfect pumpkin from its pumpkin patch. Following COVID-19 safety guidelines, St. Martin's will be taking precautions, requiring all guests to wear masks, and they will have hand sanitizing stations, as well as offering the option of paying by Venmo for touchless transactions. From Monday through Friday, the pumpkin patch will be open from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. St. Martin's is also teaming up with Red M Studio and Second Harvest Food Bank to help with donations. On Friday, October 16, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests can receive a free photo in the pumpkin patch in exchange for non-perishable food or monetary donations. 2216 Metairie Rd., (504) 835-7357,

Sugar Roots Farm

Sugar Roots Farm is a nonprofit regenerative farm with an emphasis on experimental learning that strives to promote healthy food access and sustainable farm education. Every Saturday in October, the Sugar Roots Farm will be holding a Fall Festival that is first-come, first served. Sign up for two-hour time slots to enjoy the pumpkin patch, pet and feed the animals, and listen to live music. Admission is $20, kids under the age of two get in free, and pumpkins, items from vendors, and goodies from farm stands are additional costs. Only 30 people are allowed per time frame, so sign up as quickly as possible to get your spot. 10701 Willow Dr., (504) 766-7780,

St. Paul's Episcopal

A great place to find pumpkins of all sizes is the St. Paul's Episcopal pumpkin patch. The school's pumpkin patch features pumpkins weighing from three pounds to 40 pounds. Open as of Saturday, October 10, St. Paul's Episcopal is taking measures to keep all guests safe by requiring masks, limiting capacity to 20 people at a time, and forbidding payment by cash. The pumpkin patch is open Monday to Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can visit the pumpkin patch anytime this month through Halloween. 6249 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-1319,

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