What activities do you have on the farm for pumpkin season?
Pumpkin season is a major event at Jones Family Farms. Every year, our Pumpkinseed Hill farm transforms into a themed celebration of autumn. This year we are celebrating our "Pumpkin Fiesta"! Guests can choose from over 50 varieties of pumpkins and gourds in our Market Yard or wander through nearby pumpkin fields searching for the perfect jack-o-lantern. Enjoy hay rides, photo opportunities and a corn maze (open on weekends) as well as a small “stage” area with music where children are invited to dance. Meet our pigs and chickens in the Market Yard or visit our food table for fresh baked cookies and apple cider on the weekends or farm fresh apples every day. The weekend before Halloween is our Annual UNICEF Family Festival. Families participate in fun games and activities, and proceeds are donated to UNICEF.
Where may I set up my picnic/tailgate?
Due to crowds and staffing, as well as safety concerns, we do not maintain a picnic area. Because we have limited yard and parking lot space, tailgating/ picnicking is not permitted. Visitors might want to drive 3 miles on Rt 110 to Indian Well State Park for picnic facilities.
Do you offer school tours at the farm?
Yes. To learn about our different programs, school program dates, and pricing, you can visit our Learn page. Please note that space is very limited for our popular Pumpkin School Tour program.
Can I bring my scout group, club or other group to the farm?
Small groups are welcome to come to the farm for pumpkin picking, and no reservation is needed for groups less than 12. For groups greater than 12, please contact education [at] jonesfamilyfarms.com to let us know of your group size and when you plan to visit. We recommend a 1:4 adult to child ratio, especially for younger children. Please see the following question about birthday parties, because many of the same suggestions apply to scout and other small groups.
May I celebrate my child’s birthday here?
Due to staffing and crowds we do not have an organized birthday party program. However, children are always welcome in small groups to participate in ongoing farm activities. Children must be adequately supervised by adults (we suggest 1:4 ratio). We suggest the party giver visit the farm to research prices (varies from year to year) for a medium pumpkin, hay rides, corn maze (weekends only), cookies and apples in order to let each guest have an idea of how much to bring per child. However, due to staffing, trash management and parking, we cannot allow guests to bring the food-and-gifts part of their party to the farm; please enjoy this part of the party at home or a nearby park.
Can I bring my pet to the farm?
We follow Good Agricultural Practices. Pumpkins and squash are food crops and therefore we cannot have any pets in the fields or barnyard area. We appreciate your cooperation. Since leaving your pets in the car can be hazardous to their health, we strongly recommend you leave your pets at home.
Do you sell food on the farm?
Fresh farm apples are available every day. On weekends, pasteurized cider and fresh-baked cookies are available in the food area.
Do you have apple picking?
We get our Empire apples from a great local farm in New York. We do not have any apple picking at Jones Family Farms; our neighboring farm Beardsley Orchards has apple picking on weekends only from September through October, depending on their crop size.
What is the price of the pumpkins?
Prices are decided by size. There are labeled pumpkins throughout the barnyard to give you an idea of how much the different size pumpkins cost.
What do the hay rides cost?
In 2016, the price per person is $3.50.
When is the corn maze open?
The corn maze is open on weekends and on the Columbus Day holiday. The maze is geared for families and usually lasts about 10-20 minutes. In 2016, the price per person is $3.50. For everyone's safety, an adult must accompany children under 14 years old.
What should I wear when visiting the farm?
Always wear sturdy shoes (boots, sneakers, closed toe, low heels). We also recommend that you bring layers of clothes because at certain parts of the day Pumpkinseed Hill can become very breezy.
Can I do a photo shoot/engagement shots/wedding photos at the pumpkin patch/farm?
While we love families snapping personal photos of their adventures at pumpkin season, we cannot allow professional photographers arranging "photo sessions" on our property. Due to the large crowds and nature of agricultural work we do here at the farm, having people arrive for photo shoots are very difficult to arrange. At this time we do not have the ability to allow for these kinds of activities. CTWine.com lists many CT wineries that specialize in these types of events.
Where is the closest restaurant for a quick family meal?
Many restaurants are located on Route 111 in Monroe; including McGowan’s Pizzaland, Home Plate Deli, and Bill’s Drive Inn. There is a handout available at the Cashier’s Hut.
Will you donate pumpkins to a worthy cause?
Jones Family Farms is a working family farm. Like most working farms, each year's crop inventory varies due to weather, pest, and economic situations. Jones Family Farms is happy to donate near the end of our season a limited number of pumpkins to local nonprofit causes in our community when there is a sufficient pumpkin crop. Since we do not know the how much crop will be available until the season underway, the donations are not approved until usually the third week of October and are distributed the last week of October. We donate small pumpkins; we do not donate corn stalks, hay bales and other ornamental squashes due to their limited quantities and/or their ability to have other agricultural uses for us.
To pick up the donation form, during Pumpkin season, visit our Pine Barn at Pumpkinseed Hill at 120 Beardsley Road in Shelton (open daily, beginning the last weekend of September through Oct 30, from 10 to 5:30; and October 31 from 10-4) - sorry, we do not fax or email them since most of our staff in the field all day at this season. Donation forms must be mailed or faxed to the office; no phone calls or emails please. Approved donations will be scheduled a pick up day on a weekday during late October. Please understand that although we want to help as many groups as possible, it is difficult to fulfill every request we receive. We may not always be able to provide the items you ask for, even for organizations that have received items in the past. Thank you for your understanding.