Be good to the land and the land will be good to you.

PHILIP JAMES JONES, FARM FOUNDER, 1821-1912

Pumpkins

Celebrate the Harvest at Our Farm

Fall is a festive time where we celebrate the harvest season at our beautiful Pumpkinseed Hill Farm. Bright orange pumpkins lie nestled amongst hay and green vines, ready to be harvested and carried home. Our Market Yard features farm animals, hayrides, corn maze, fall flowers, fresh apples and piles of autumn squash. Our special UNICEF Family Festival during the last weekend before Halloween features games and children’s activities all benefiting a worthy cause. Come enjoy classic New England scenery and beautiful fall foliage at Jones Family Farms this October.

Pumpkin Harvesting Tips

We grow all of our pumpkins here on the farm and with our decades of experience we have chosen a selection of varieties to please everyone. Whether your perfect pumpkin is white or orange, tall and narrow or short and squat, you can find one amongst our 25 acres of pumpkin patches. Our pumpkins range from our baseball-sized “Jack-Be-Littles” to our enormous “Jamie’s Giants.”

Visit our Market Yard for pumpkins, gourds and squash in all shapes, colors and sizes. All of our pumpkins are cut off the vine and ready to be taken home. Also, be sure to take our hayride through our beautiful vineyards and farm fields.

Look for winter squash and pumpkins that have hard, tough skin (rind) with no cracks, cuts, punctures, or soft, sunken or moldy spots. Choose squash and pumpkins that are firm and heavy for their size. When picking up or carrying your pumpkin, always hold it from underneath rather than by the stem. Although stems may make tempting handles, they will often break under the weight of a hanging pumpkin.

Family Activities

Enjoy roaming our pumpkin fields with your family to find the perfect jack-o-lantern for your house this Halloween. We have many adorable photo opportunities throughout the Market Yard. Take a hayride (open daily – weather permitting) and enjoy the views over scenic Pumpkinseed Hill or get lost in our family-friendly corn maze (open only on weekends – weather permitting).

Pick up some farm fresh squash and try one of our Harvest Kitchen’s delicious recipes. Visit pigs, and chickens in the farmyard. Our Market Yard also features children’s music playing near a small “stage” area where children are invited to dance. The weekend before Halloween is our Annual UNICEF Family Festival. Families participate in fun game and activities, and proceeds are donated to UNICEF.

Fall School Tours

Each October, school children from throughout the area visit Pumpkinseed Hill on class trips to enjoy a farm experience and learn about agriculture.

For more information on educational programs at Jones Family Farms visit our Fall School Programs in the Learn section of our website.

Contact the Farm

Jones Family Farms is a working farm without a full-time office staff to answer the many phone calls and/or electronic messages we receive.

However, if you need to contact us, we prefer the good old fashioned post office method. You can mail us at:

Jones Family Farms
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road
Shelton, CT 06484

You can call our Farmer Jones Crop Line at 203-929-8425 for current information on what is going on here at the farm.

Our fax line is (203) 929-2089. (Please note, on busy weekends, the fax at times becomes an additional line for our Crop Report and is not a fax line.)

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Q Can I do a photo shoot/engagement shots/wedding photos at your farm/winery?

While we love families snapping personal photos of their adventures during our harvest seasons, we do not allow professional photographers arranging 'photo sessions' on our property. Due to large crowds and nature of agricultural work we do here at the farm, having people arrive for photo shoots is complicated for us 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.

Q How do I know if you’re open or what field you are picking at on a specific date?

You can call our farm crop report at 203-929-8425. During the harvest season, the message is updated frequently with all the necessary information you need. Go to directions for the field locations.

Q Is there a real Farmer Jones?

Yes! We currently have three generations of Jones farmers living here on the farm. The Farmer Jones on the phone message is Terry Jones, the 5th generation of the family to work on this farm. Terry and wife Jean manage the farm operations with their son Jamie and his wife Christiana. Many other family members help throughout the farm. See About Us for more history of the Jones Family.

Q Do you take credit cards?

For harvest-your-own Christmas trees, Jones Family Farms only accepts cash and checks for payment. Credit Cards are taken in the winery, berry season, pumpkin season, and Christmas barnyard area.

Q Can I bring my dog/pets to the farm?

Pet dogs are only allowed with guests in the Christmas tree fields during our tree harvest season in late November and December. During our other seasons, please leave your pets home, as Good Agricultural Practices discourage even the best-trained animals in the fields with food. (Service dogs are not included in this policy.)

Q Is there a place to picnic/tailgate on the farm?

Good Agricultural Practices discourage the consumption of foods in our customer harvest/parking areas. We encourage visitors to visit one of the nearby parks that are set up to accommodate picnickers. Please see our guidelines regarding parking lot refreshments.

Q Can we hike/walk/ride on farm property?

We enjoy that everyone loves the beauty of our land, however it's very hard work to keep it looking that way. For the safety of our guests and our farm, we ask that you visit local parks such as Webb Mountain in Monroe or Indian Well in Shelton to spend the day hiking outdoors.

Q Does the farm host birthday parties?

Due to staffing, space and safety issues, we do not have set-ups for birthday parties. We do hope birthdays are celebrated with fresh fruit and vegetables as the centerpiece, however, we request an adult family member come beforehand to pick for an at-home party or a picnic at a park.

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