Pumpkin and Fall Harvest 2020 ~A Year Like No Other
We’re striving to make this pumpkin season as safe and enjoyable as possible in these unprecedented times. We have had to make many changes to keep us all safe and healthy. We appreciate your understanding, support, and flexibility, as we follow CT Department of Agriculture’s Pick-Your-Own Farms and Farmer’s Markets guidelines.
Rule #1: TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE, stay home if you are sick, have been in contact with someone who is sick, or are waiting for COVID19 test results. Visitors from outside of Connecticut must follow all our state's quarantine guidelines.
Our farm's online reservation system ensures we can offer a safe, enjoyable experience for all by controlling the number of guests on the farm, thereby reducing the size of crowds, lines, and waiting times. By making your online reservation before you visit, you can be assured you will not travel to the farm and find we are sold out. The reservation system also provides the most up-to-date information on the day's activities and hours. Upcoming reservations are posted 5 to 7 days in advance based on weather.
SUPPORT THE FARM, BRING IN THE HARVEST and ENJOY the PUMPKIN EXPERIENCE!
As always, our farmers have worked hard to grow an amazing selection of pumpkins, squashes and gourds for you to harvest this fall season. The farm team has also created new and wonderful farm PUMPKIN HARVEST EXPERIENCES for your family to enjoy during this COVID19 period.
- THE CORN LABYRINTH AND THREE SISTERS WALK - A meditative, one-way path, inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Americas, will provide a special experience for our guests. After emerging quietly from the twisting pathway among the tall corn stalks, the walk continues between long lengths of farm fields. Along the way, all can learn about “Three Sisters farming” and then observe methods the Jones farmers use for growing their crops.
- THE FARM RANGER HIKE - For the hearty and curious, one can ramble along a Jones Farm trail and see the Jones vineyards and Christmas tree plantations. This hike will require participants to be able to walk up and down inclines. Educational stops along the way provide insights into our farming ways. There are also beautiful vistas rarely seen by our farm visitors.
- THE PUMPKIN POLLINATOR PATHWAY – Centrally located in our Farmyard is a fun display about some of the creatures that help us produce food crops. Prepare to be surprised by some of the less well-known pollinators and enjoy looking at and selecting some of the fruits of their labors, our crop of heirloom squash.
- THE DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS SQUASH TENT - Learn about the fascinating world of squash. Our farmers are more than eager to discuss with you squash cooking techniques as well as provide you with our favorite recipes.
- HARVEST-YOUR-OWN PUMPKINS! –Big, Little, Pretty, Unusual, Orange, White or Green – whatever you like, we have it! Come to gather your favorites – in our pumpkin fields or in our big Farmyard – to welcome autumn to your home. We will continue to price our pumpkins by their size.
PUMPKIN EXPERIENCE FEES:
Guests will pay a per person entry fee to enjoy the farm’s Pumpkin Experience. This fee includes all trails, such as the Farm Ranger Hike, and experiences, such as the Corn Labyrinth and the visit to the pumpkin patch. It also includes 10% CT admissions tax. Pumpkins, squash, and fall décor are available for additional purchase upon check out. Guests who make reservations for weekdays will receive half off the entry price. Making reservations online will save guests money; on-site registration will be an extra $2 per person.
- As of Sept 26, 2020:
- PREVIEW WEEKEND SEPT 19 and 20: only $5 per person with reservations, under 2 years free
- Weekends and Columbus Day: With online reservations, $10 per person; under 2 years free
- Weekdays: With online reservations, $5 per person; under 2 years free
- Walk-in Registration without Reservations (if space available): additional $2 per person, therefore, making on-site registration $12 per person on weekends and $7 per person on weekdays
"GRAB AND GO" - THE PUMPKIN QUICK PURCHASE AREA:
For guests who wish only to purchase pumpkins, squash, and fall décor, and not visit the full Farmyard, we have created a special sectioned-off space near the Entry and Checkout Barn. No separate entry is needed - it is intended for quick, convenient purchasing for the most popular of the fall décor. Visitors to this area will not have access to the pumpkin fields, cannot do fall farm photography in our fields, walk around the Farmyard, or explore the Pumpkin Experience.
Reservations for the Pumpkin Quick Purchase Area are not required, but please note its hours of availability. Weekday visits, from 10 am to 5:30 pm; on weekends and Columbus Day, from 9 to 10:30 am.
FAMILY SIZES AND AGES
In order to keep groups small and appropriately spaced out, no more than 6 persons from the same household can take a reservation slot. Also, please take note, that it is not possible for the farm to be a meeting place this year for groups of friends or extended families.
We love children; families have been at the center of our harvest-your-own-crops philosophy for over 50 years. Despite the current virus situation, there is still a great deal to experience; however, we have removed hands-on features. For instance, the little playhouses will not be open for inside play. We hope children notice and delight in all the natural wonders that exist on our farm.
For children under 10, we recommend, but do not require, a 1:1 ration of an adult/teenager to each child for a better educational experience. All children will need to stay close to their caregivers at all times. Strollers can be used for young children.
Guests will need to wear face coverings during their entire visit. Those 2 and under do not have to wear masks, as according to CDC recommendations. Our staff will wear face coverings at all times.
We know wearing masks is difficult; however, this is current Connecticut policy. If you do not wish to wear a mask, please join us in the future when this is not a state requirement.
NO EATING AT THE FARM
This year due to health concerns, farms and farmers markets cannot allow guests to eat while on their premises. Please consume all coffee and snacks before entering the farm and note that we cannot permit outside food, beverages or picnics. Our delicious farm-made pumpkin cookies as well as apple cider and apples will be available at the Checkout Barn for take-out to enjoy at home or on your way home. You may bring your own water bottles for use during your visit.
For pumpkin season, we are expanding the permitted areas for guests to spread out as they harvest pumpkins and experience the farm. The farm has established one-way pathways through areas of the Farmyard as well as created separate entrances and exits. All guests are asked to respectfully distance themselves from fellow guests during their visit.
WALKING PATHS, BUT NO HAYRIDES
We have extended the permitted areas guests can walk about on the farm this fall season to experience the beauty of our farm. Please wear sturdy shoes when you come to visit. Our farm educators have developed educational stations to enrich your farm walks. We are sorry that hayrides will not be available at Pumpkinseed Hill this year. Guests must stay only in the designated areas during their visit.
The farm has hand-washing sinks available near the portable restrooms. Hand sanitizer will be at the entrance area; bringing your own hand sanitizer is highly encouraged.
Weather permitting, we plan to be open daily from September 26 through October 31. The hours will be approximately 10am to 5:30pm on weekdays and 9 am to 5:30 pm on weekends, but they can vary with the weather. Exact opening and closing times will be listed where guests make their reservations. PLEASE NOTE: we close the fields 1 hour after the last reservation time slot. Most days, weather permitting, the farm will close promptly at 6 pm.
CARTS AND WAGONS
We strongly encourage guests to bring wagons from home for harvesting pumpkins. The farm has some field carts for this purpose and guests can help sanitize the handles before using. Our farm carts should not be used for transporting children. Each family must checkout with their own items in one cart; items from different groups cannot be combined into one cart.
Sorry, no pets are allowed at the farm during our pumpkin season or at the winery. Please leave pets at home. Animal control has been called when pets are left alone in vehicles.
WEATHER AND CANCELLATION POLICY
If we close the farm for severe weather such as thunderstorms, we will offer you a refund or credit. We remain open in light rain.
If you cannot pick due to illness, contact us as early as possible (ideally one day in advance or in the morning by 9 am) at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a refund or a credit certificate for you to reschedule your visit.
No refunds for those who do not show for their reservations, since it is likely we had to turn other guests away for that time slot.