Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins at Baugher’s
Where has the summer gone? The days are getting shorter, the air is getting crisper, and everywhere you look there is pumpkin-spiced-something. Down on the farm, we’re here to help you enjoy the most wholesome of fall festivities: pumpkin picking.
This guide will cover everything you need to know about pick-your-own pumpkins at Baugher’s Farm.
Quick Look: Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins 101
- When: Sept & Oct Weekends only: 10 AM – 5 PM (crop & weather permitting)
- Where: Baugher’s Farm 1015 Baugher Rd, Westminster, MD 21158
- Price: $4 ticket for wagon ride; $ .59 /lb for all pumpkins you pick
- PYO Hotline Number: 410-857-0111
How to Pick Pumpkins at Baugher’s
1. Call the PYO hotline.
Weather, crop availability, and other factors influence whether or not U-Pick pumpkins are available on any given day. Call our pick-your-own hotline (410-857-0111) before you hop in the car. We update this pre-recorded message every morning.
2. Check the weather.
There is no shade in the pumpkin pumpkin, so slather on the sunscreen and pack a hat if the weather looks hot. We have water and other cold drinks for sale in the market. You’re also welcome to bring your own water bottles to the patch. And if it’s cold, keep yourself cozy with warm clothes.
3. Pack a picnic.
Picking the perfect pumpkin is hard work. We have picnic tables located at the market and petting zoo. So once you’ve picked your pumpkins, sit down and enjoy your lunch in the beautiful country air. Don’t forget to save room for some Sweet Treats at our walk-up window. Apple Cider Slushies, Apple Cider Floats, Warm Apple Cider Donuts and other autumnal treats up at the Orchard Market! (Window may not be open on rainy days, sorry!)
4. Go to the right place.
For pick-your-own, go to the market at the farm: 1015 Baugher Rd., Westminster, MD
From Westminster: head west on MD-140 for about three miles. Baugher Rd will be on your right, look for the big red apple on the hill.
From Taneytown: head east on MD-140 for about eight miles. Baugher Rd will be on your left.
Once you turn onto Baugher road, the entrance to the market will be a right hand turn at the top of the hill. You can’t miss the Appleman Sign!
5. Purchase a ticket.
Tickets are $4 per person, good for the whole day. Children under 3 are free. The tickets help cover the costs associated with running the wagon rides and maintaining the pumpkin patches and apple orchards for pick-your-own use.
6. Hop on the tractor.
When you’re ready to head to the pumpkins, hop on the tractor. This rustic, open-air transport will take you on a short and very pleasant journey to the pumpkin patch. And it’ll be ready to return you to the market when you’re finished picking.
7. Pick the pumpkins!
The tractor will drop you off at the pumpkin patch, where a farm hand will show you which section of the patch we’re picking that day. Feel free to pose among the pumpkins, but please be respectful of other pumpkin pickers. (And don’t forget to tag us in your photos! @baughersorchard on Instagram!)
8. Pay for the pumpkins.
A tractor will return you to the market whenever you’re finished picking. You can stay as long as you’d like during opening hours. (The patch closes at 5 PM each day, & the market is open until 6 pm.) Once you have returned to the market, you will need to pay for any pumpkins you have picked.
For 2023, our pick-your-own pumpkin prices are: 59 cents per lb.
If you didn’t pick enough pumpkins for your jack-o-lantern jamboree, don’t worry. You can purchase pre-picked pumpkins in the market. These pumpkins are 59 cents per lb. Some fancy stacking pumpkins are 69 cents/lb.
9. Grab a pumpkin pie & enjoy.
What’s a better way to celebrate fall than baking a homemade pumpkin pie? Eating one someone else has already baked for you! Our bakery has you covered on the pumpkin pie front, meaning your pumpkin can provide porch decoration all through Thanksgiving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make pumpkin pie with Baugher’s pumpkins?
Yes, you can make pumpkin pie with Baugher’s pumpkins. However, the pumpkins you pick in the field make better decorations than pie-filling. If you want to get baking, grab a small sugar pumpkin, (we call them “Spookies” in the market). One of these will be sweeter and less stringy and watery than big jack-o-lantern pumpkins.
Are Baugher’s pumpkins organic?
No, Baugher’s pumpkins are not organic. Here at the farm we practice Integrated Pest Management. IPM uses common-sense strategies for managing pests while using as few pesticides as possible.
Can I bring my dog to Baugher’s?
Please do not bring your dog to Baugher’s unless it is a certified service animal. Leave your pets at home, but feel free to stop by our Petting Zoo after you’ve gone pumpkin picking! There are lots of furry and feathered friends waiting to see you there.
Is Baugher’s wheel-chair accessible?
Baugher’s Orchard Market at 1015 Baugher Rd is wheel-chair accessible. Unfortunately, the wagon-ride and pumpkin patch is not. For more information about pumpkin patch accessibility, please call 410-848-5541.
Are there bathrooms in the pick-your-own patch?
Yes, there are port-a-pot bathrooms in the pick-your-own patch. The market also has bathrooms available for customers to use.
Will I have a good time at the orchard?
Yes, if you love the great outdoors, you will absolutely have a great time! Pumpkin patch, apple orchards, sunflower fields, beautiful fruit market, petting zoo, and our country diner 3 miles down the road back in Westminster. Dress for the weather!