5 Best You-Pick Farms for Fall Harvest in the Denver AreaSure, you can visit a farmer's market or even the produce section at the grocery store to get a taste of fall's bounty, but autumn in Colorado begs to be experienced by visiting local, family-run farms for the best you-pick fruits, vegetables, and, yes, pumpkins. Spend the day with family at one of Colorado's you-pick farms and soak in the crisp air and warm sunshine, while harvesting your own produce from acres of farmland. From berries to pumpkins, here are the best you-pick farms to visit this fall in the Denver area.
Berry Patch Farms
Located just northeast of Denver near Brighton, Berry Patch Farms boasts 40 acres of working farm. USDA certified organic you-pick offerings include a variety of berries from red currants in the summer to raspberries and strawberries in August and September. But they don't only grow berries, as you can also pick your own basil, sunflowers and pickling cucumbers, or stop by the market for tomatoes and other garden fresh vegetables. The farm's hours are limited to Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm. Be sure to check the website to see what's ready for picking.
Rock Creek Farm
A family-favorite, Rock Creek Farm's pumpkin fields and views of the neighboring mountains are expansive. After meandering the 120-acre pumpkin patch and picking out your perfect pumpkin, explore Rock Creek Farm's corn mazes, say hello to the farm animals, and have a bite of home-baked pumpkin bread. The farm, located in Broomfield, is open daily at the end of September and remains open until Halloween.
Celebrate the beginning of the fall harvest season at Nelms Farm. Open only on Labor Day weekend from 8 am to 5 pm, it's best to show up bright and early at Nelms Farm to get your hands on all-natural, you-pick apples. Nelms Farm also has two plots of organic potatoes for digging, pumpkins for picking, as well as pole beans, sweet corn, and local honey and jams. A fun activity for the family, Nelms Farm is a short jaunt from Denver in Golden.
Colorado's longest-running corn maze and pumpkin patch, Anderson Farms opens September 21, 2016, for the autumn season. Admission for their Fall Festival ranges from $10-$16, but includes entrance to the corn maze, hay ride to the 30-acre, you-pick pumpkin patch, and other kid-friendly activities like barnyard pedal karts and friendly farm animals. Anderson Farms also features private campfire sites for the ultimate autumnal family activity. S'mores, please! For reservations, tickets, and hours check out andersonfarms.com.
Stop by Miller Farms Fall Harvest Festival in Platteville, Colo., for an educational you-pick experience. Take a hayride out to 180 acres of fields, where your family can harvest everything from potatoes, onions, and carrots to Indian corn, peppers, and, of course, pumpkins. Admission includes up to 5 bags of produce per person, as well as entrance to "Antique Alley," the petting zoo, and corn maze. Miller Farms Fall Harvest Festival begins Labor Day and runs through mid-November.
Ali Struhs is a freelance writer, blogger, and boy mom living in Denver, Colo. She enjoys exploring the great outdoors, rocking out at Red Rocks, and chasing around her toddler.