Where to Get a Last-Minute Pumpkin

    There’s a rule in Maryland – when the fall season arrives you must visit a pumpkin patch. We are lucky to be able to fully embrace the season here with a variety of farms full of corn mazes and hayrides. A lot of pumpkin patches open by mid-September, but if you wait until mid-October, you might be able to keep your pumpkins ’til Halloween.

    Here’s a list of some of the best places to grab a last-minute pumpkin nearby:

    Clark’s Elioak Farm

    Ellicott City, MD

    If you’re looking for a magical pumpkin picking experience, look no further than Clark’s Elioak Farm. This family favorite not only has an excellent pumpkin patch, but also a petting farm and … an enchanted forest. If you’re tired of the traditional hayride, here you can grab yourself a pony ride, an Enchanted Express train ride, or a ride on the Cow Train.

    Buppert’s/Doran’s Chance Farm

    Marriottsville, MD

    Buppert’s might be a place you visit often for their fruits and vegetables, but they truly step their game up come pumpkin season. For weekends in October, you can hop on their hayrides to pick your own pumpkins. According to their website, the wagon leaves 11am-4pm on the hour. After you’ve picked your pumpkin of choice, don’t forget to check out their Indian corn, gourds, fresh pressed cider, and fall flower assortment.

    Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch

    Middletown, MD

    Jumbo’s is such an amazing spot to pick your own pumpkins. It has a 15-acre corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, and a petting zoo to boot. Of course, you also can’t visit without hitching a ride on their mini wagon. In the mood to shop for more than just a pumpkin? Jumbo’s also offers 3,000 square feet of fall shopping with tons of handmade items.

    Weber’s Cider Mill Farm

    Parkville, MD

    This farm is chock full of activities including hayrides, a hillside slide, mini-tractor rides, duck races, a tire mountain, a maze, and more! Don’t forget to grab one of their famous apple cider donuts – a fall season must-have treat! While there isn’t an actual pumpkin patch, Weber’s offers plenty to choose from!

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    Josh Mente

    Real Estate Leader Josh Mente, is a founding member and owner of The MD Home Team of Keller Williams Excellence, and is responsible for business administration and marketing for the firm. Josh’s career path began in 1998 as a loan officer for Eastern Savings Bank, where he managed national accounts. He later joined Option One Mortgage originating more than 500 transactions per year valued at $100M+ in sales. In 2006, Mente shifted his expertise to real estate sales, gained his license and focused on buy/fix/sell transactions. Josh is a member of Elite Real Estate Network (ERN), the 2009 Rookie of the Year for Long and Foster corporate, and in 2012 ranked 206 and 2013 ranked 234 in Real Trends of the Wall Street Journal, ranking in the top 250 agents nationwide for all brokerages. From any early age, Josh was introverted and worked hard to overcome a fears of sales - a business that doesn't lend itself well to introverted people. When challenged by a manager that he didn’t have what it took for a specific job, Josh pushed forward and won approval in his new position. That was a pivotal moment that set the pace for his success in real estate sales. Having earned an AA degree from Montgomery College in business administration in 1995 and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Towson University in Mass Communications 1997, Josh married his college sweetheart Melinda and they now have three wonderful daughters that provide the opportunity to watch them grow up and experience things for the first time. A committed sports fanatic, Josh spends time on the golf course, and follows the Ravens and Orioles as a season ticket holder. He is a part owner of two restaurants in Manhattan, enjoys music and time away with the family at their beach house in Rehoboth, DE. He hopes to find time for his hobbies that include building furniture, playing guitar, learning Spanish and flying planes.

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