Keha McKinney

(York, S.C.) – Many families welcome “pumpkin season,” with holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving in the fall, and trek to farms in York County to pick their own pumpkins.

The Bush-N-Vine farm in York hosted their annual pumpkin picking days, which ran Sept. 24 through Oct. 31, that gave families a chance to experience a fun fall activity.

“We’ve come here every year since I was teaching here in York to pick pumpkins, because they have such a variety of everything,” said Ginger Hill.

“We enjoy coming to the pumpkin patch because, one, we really enjoy beautiful weather and outdoor activities in the fall, (it’s) something different to do,” said Elizabeth McMichael, who brought her young son William.

There are other activities at the farm for children to explore, such as a playground, sandboxes, a petting zoo and a pony rides. There are also a resting spots for the adults to seat down, relax and enjoy with some refreshments, while the children play.

“It’s a fun place where kids can run around and it’s open and it’s something fun for them and create memories for your child,” said Sara Crowther.

The pumpkins come in different shapes, sizes and colors and the prices vary depending on the weight. If the pumpkin is less than 5 pounds, then it would cost around $1.15 per pound, but if it weighs more than 5 pounds, then it would cost around $0.69 per pound.

Families can bring their own wagons or the farm will provide a wagon for people to borrow to carry their pumpkins.

Bush-N-Vine also has a store where customers can go in and pick out different items, including fresh vegetables, small pumpkins and homemade jams.

“We enjoy having items that families feel comfortable coming and doing,” said Susan Hall, owner of the farm. “We like to have the pumpkin patch for parents to come and bring their child and family activities.”

Hall and her family created the Bush-N-Vine farm in 1979, where they grow fruits, vegetables and different types of flowers.

The farm is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

The pumpkin patch is located at 1650 Filbert Highway in York.