A trip to the pumpkin patch is one of those things that your kids will remember forever! It's almost that season again here in the Treasure Valley.

Seriously, I'll remember one trip my sister and I took with our mom to the pumpkin patch for the rest of my life.  We weren't a pumpkin carving family, but we still loved picking out pumpkins for my sister and I every year! One year, we picked out some pre-painted pumpkins and at the age of 6, I became really attached to mine.  It had a silly face with a big nose painted on it and I decided to name him "Pumpky."  One day, a few weeks after we grabbed him from the pumpkin patch, I noticed something in my room smelled funny.  My parents came upstairs and took a look at the pumpkin.  It was rotting and I was devastated that we were going to have to throw him away.

Kudos to my mom coming up with a quick story to get me to stop crying. She told me she'd take it to Giant Eagle (our local grocery store) to have the bakery turn him into a pumpkin pie.  For some reason, that was an acceptable to my broken 6-year-old, pumpkin pie loving heart.  The sad part? I believed that story for 10 years.  It wasn't until I had my drivers license and started going to the grocery store on my own that I realized my mom's story was a big fat lie!

It's a hilarious story to tell people and like I said, I'll never forget that trip! Want to make some of those memories with your child? Last year, Only In Your State ranked "9 Charming Pumpkin Patches in Idaho" and five near the Treasure the Treasure Valley made the list! Opening weekend for these locations is still a few weeks away, but add them to your list of fall "musts!"

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    The Farmstead

    1020 S Rackham Way, Meridian

    Recognized at Best Pumpkin Patch in Idaho by Tripping.com, The Farmstead has over 40 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn to spruce up your home this autumn! You can pick your own right out off the vine or grab one of the pre-picked Aladdin, Jack-O-Little, Kakao, Sugar Pie, Cinderella , Lumina, Baby Bear or Fairy Tale pumpkins! The Farmstead opens for the season on September 22nd.

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    The Berry Ranch

    7998 Highway 20-26, Nampa

    Famous for letting families pick their own berries like raspberries, thornless black berries and strawberries, this farm also boasts a huge pick your own pumpkin patch! You can start searching for your perfect pumpkin at The Berry Ranch on Friday, September 29th! They also run a fall hayride in conjunction with pumpkin picking season.

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    Linder Farms

    7165 S Linder Rd, Meridian

    Most famously known as the official corn maze of the Boise State Broncos, Linder Farms is also a even for pumpkin lovers.  They open for the season on Friday, September 22nd.

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    Jeremy's Pumpkins

    415 S Star Rd, Star

    It may be small, but Jeremy's Pumpkins has been bringing joy to children for over 30 years! With an impressive 4.9/5 rating on Facebook, their fans say that they have the best selection and best prices on pumpkins in the area.  They're open yearly from October 1st - October 31st.

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    Kovick Kountry Farm

    Ada Rd, New Plymouth

    Just a bit off the beaten path from Boise, Kovick Kountry Farm give you a chance not to just harvest pumpkins, but family memories as well! In addition to their pumpkin patch, you'll also find a kids zip-line, selfie booth, corn box, mater train ride, petting zoo, campfires and hayrides! They're open from October 1st - October 31st.