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Florida Pumpkin Patch Named One Of The Best In The U.S.

In many regions of the country, it has become common to find Halloween candy displayed in stores in August. But late September and early October is the time when the pumpkin patches really thrive. In fact, TimeOut recently published a report on the best pumpkin patches in the country and a Florida location made the list. "While every state produces pumpkins (yes, it’s true), only the country’s top patches offer gourds and good times—think fall activities like corn mazes and leaf-peeping and spooky Halloween fun, including haunted hayrides," TimeOut explains, providing details on their requirements. When you plant pumpkin seeds, they typically begin to bloom within 8-10 weeks. Pumpkins then can take 90-120 days to mature, according to Creative Vegetable Gardner. Weather is an important part of the process. The warmer weather helps pumpkins grow, while the cooler fall temperatures are best for ripening. Florida, the destination that was named one of the best pumpkin patches in the country, has even held a pumpkin festival for over 30 years. Hunsader Farms - Bradenton Located approximately 45 miles south of Tampa, Hunsader Farms has been family-owned and operated since 1967. This year, their 32nd annual pumpkin festival is spread over three October weekends (14-15, 21-22, 28,29). During these dates, you can expect a day full of your favorite fall activities. This includes everything from hayrides to corn mazes to live music. Then, there are also the unique components that draw visitors from all over the state. This includes chainsaw sculpting and a butterfly display. In addition to the pumpkins you pick out, Hunsader Farms also has six other fresh "U-Pick" items you can select during the fall months.  This includes eggplants, zipper peas, and green beans. Dogs are allowed on the property (with lease), and they will be among many other animals at the farm's petting zoo. Lastly, if you are interested in making an entire weekend out of the Hunsader Farm experience, they opened a KOA campground on the farm in 2020. [select-listicle listicle_id="646921" syndication_name="florida-has-one-of-the-best-places-for-apple-cider-in-america" description="yes"]

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