Hey friends! If you live in Dallas/Ft. Worth, you might find that it’s finally beginning to feel like fall. Now this was not the case when I went pumpkin picking with my BF and BFF just a few weeks ago when it was 89 degrees! At the end of October! Texas weather, amIright?
Nevertheless, I wanted to give myself the illusion that it was fall. What better way to ring in this season of pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and changing leaves than by picking pumpkins? Since this was my first time pumpkin picking in Dallas, I referred to this guide by The Dallas Socials. I originally wanted to go to a different patch, but on the weekend we wanted to go they decided to begin charging admission. Whyyy! So we ended up going to Preston Trail Farms even though they charged $8 admission because you also got:
- feed for the petting zoo (not gonna lie, this was a big drawing factor in my decision…)
- hay maze
- and a (surprise) free hot dog!
Okay, so first thing we did when we got there was head for the petting zoo. Could you blame us?
So I do not know these kids, but I think kids feeding animals that are size is adorable.
The animals were kind of hard to pet because they thought my hands were food. And the sheep were crazy aggressive, knocking each other out of the way to get to my cup of feed! So I refrained from petting and watched other people feed them instead.
Tbh, this is the first time I’ve gone in a hay maze. It was slightly underwhelming because it wasn’t very hard or big so we got out in about 5 minutes.
Now that I know, I think I prefer corn mazes. They’re taller and narrower and can really make one panic if one gets lost!
How about we now go to the actual pumpkin patch?
All in all, it was not a very big pumpkin patch with a lot of options. Maybe it was because we went so late – literally the last day of the season before the farm closed. This also happened when we went blueberry picking! So don’t procrastinate if you want to get the good ones!
I got my surprise free hot dog outside the General Store. It did, indeed, sell general items. Bamboo salad forks, soaps, hoses, fake chicken eggs, pipes…they had it all! I am not sure if that was THE store all the locals went to for their necessities, or if it was just for show? I dunno, I definitely got some Oregon Trail vibes while I was in there.
At last, the hayride! Here’s Christina looking all phresh drinking the cherry soda (people thought it was beer lol) from the general store:
Fair warning, the hayride was slooow. I mean, it was driven by a tractor, so what did I expect, a Maserati? But thanks to the ride’s leisurely speed, we could read the little stories written on the signs throughout the trail!
Spoiler alert: the story didn’t have a happy ending…
Did we buy a pumpkin in the end? Of course we did!
A $2 little pie pumpkin that we actually baked into a pie from scratch using this recipe. As someone who does not cook/bake, this was a huge accomplishment for me, even though it turned out a bit mushy! Pro tip for next time: bake the maximum amount of time the recipe suggested.
All in all, Preston Trail Farms was a quaint little farm to go pumpkin picking in Dallas. I look forward to going pumpkin picking again next year and exploring more of Dallas’s pumpkin patch scene!
Have you ever gone pumpkin picking? Locals, where do you go pumpkin picking in Dallas?
- Where: Preston Trail Farms
- When to go: early October
- Cost: $8
- Pumpkin included? Only on weekdays
- Time spent: ~2 hours
Thanks for reading!
(Photos by me and Christina)
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