There were a couple of requirements when choosing a pumpkin patch this year. We needed a good corn maze, a good carving pumpkin, and we especially wanted to shoot fall produce out of a cannon. After checking out several pumpkin patch websites in the DMV, we identified a Apple Blaster on the Summer’s Farm map. This pumpkin patch in Fredrick, Maryland was definitely the one for us.
The first order of business when we got to Summer’s Farm was to conquer the Baltimore Orioles themed corn maze. The farm put together baseball trivia clues about the team to help navigate through the maze. Without a doubt, we knew we would crush the baseball trivia after attending so many games this summer. However, we quickly realized it was all Orioles trivia and our #Natitude was not helpful in this part of town.
After eventually exiting the maze, we headed over to the pumpkin cannon. It was a bit tucked away and did not look like it was ready to blast any pumpkins, so we stood in line to launch apples instead. Apples were $6 for a basket of 10 – we bought 3 baskets because who doesn’t love shooting tons of apples from a cannon? Our group of 3 surrounded the same cannon and we took turns shooting our apples at the targets. We managed to hit the tiny targets a couple of times but the most satisfying hits were on an old barn. The apples exploded so nicely on such a big, metal target.
Next, we headed to the pumpkin patch on a huge tractor. It brought us to an enormous patch with pumpkins of all sizes. We grabbed two enormous pumpkins for carving and a smaller one to make pie later. While we still make pumpkin treats with canned pumpkin, my husband insists that pie comes out much better when made from an actual pumpkin we picked and roasted ourselves.
Remember that pumpkin cannon we saw earlier? As we stood in line to pay for pumpkins, we watched the giant pumpkin cannon get relocated so that it was pointed right at the corn maze. A huge crowd gathered in front of the cannon and we couldn’t figure how they were going to fire a pumpkin without hitting anyone in the head. The countdown started and we watched intently as confetti and candy exploded from the cannon for everyone to catch. No one was hurt in the blasting of the cannon.
Summer’s Farm also has a variety of mini activities including a moon bounce, face painting, ring toss, and pig races. Food is also available and includes delicious apple cider donuts. On Friday and Saturday nights, you can also rent campfire sites to roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories. Summer’s Farm is open for fall fun through October 31.
Families, dates, fall fun
$13.95 on weekends, $8.95 on weekdays plus the cost of food and pumpkins (60 cents per pound)
5620 Butterfly Lane
Frederick, MD 21703