The Minnesota Grown Directory a great pumpkin patch finder. Just plug in your ZIP code, and you'll see the patches around you.
When you get to the patch, here are some suggestions from the Minnesota Grown team about what to pick:
- Look for a firm pumpkin that still has a 1 to 2-inch strong, sturdy stem attached. A strong, firm pumpkin will last longer than those with thin steams and soft spots.
- Choose pumpkins without cracks, small holes or blemishes.
- Don't be fooled! The bright orange pumpkin is not always the ripest. Many varieties come in varying shades and colors!