Local pumpkin patch gears up for fall festivities

Libby Lewis and her parents, Kevin and Rachel. Photo by Lauren Flum.

Libby Lewis and her parents, Kevin and Rachel. Photo by Lauren Flum.

Editor’s Note: This article was co-written by Speakeasy writers Lauren Flum and Natalie Colarossi.

As Halloween approaches and all things pumpkin fill the air, local pumpkin patches and farms prepare for their busiest season. Libby’s Pumpkin Patch, located in Meigs County, Ohio, is an easily accessible family-run business available for everyone to explore.

Libby’s farm has been a family tradition for nearly eight generations, evolving from a dairy farm to beef cattle, to a seasonal pumpkin patch and more. While the farm is ran primarily by owners and married couple Kevin and Rachel Lewis, the pumpkin patch remains a family oriented community as grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews aid in the patch’s production and profit.

The newly added corn maze attracts students and community members alike during the weekend. Photo by Lauren Flum.

The newly added corn maze attracts students and community members alike during the weekend. Photo by Lauren Flum.

Libby’s officially opened as a seasonal pumpkin patch in 2011, named after Lewis’s eldest daughter. Its simple beginnings consisted primarily of pumpkins and impromptu hayrides. The patch has progressed since then, adding several new features for visitors.

These attractions include a corn maze, face painting, a slide, pumpkin ice cream, a pit of corn kernels and hay-bale creatures.

Although hayrides traditionally have been a significant part of Libby’s activities, the installation of a new pipeline behind the Lewis family home will inhibit the rides from journeying through its original scenic path.

The inception of new enhancements to the patch allows for birthday parties, OU sorority excursions and weddings to take place on the farm.

“What started as a backyard hobby has blossomed into a diverse operation including blackberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, cherries and of course, pumpkins,” according to the patch’s website.

The patch utilizes sustainable farming on their two acre farm and are consistently seeking methods to minimize mechanical and material inputs.

The farm offers u-pick pumpkins in their fields. Photo by Lauren Flum.

The farm offers u-pick pumpkins in their fields. Photo by Lauren Flum.

Due to troublesome rain patterns, crop production faltered this year, “We had half as many as we expected to have, and the pumpkins aren’t as large as we expected, but we still have a lot more than we did last year. We’ve got enough to get us through Halloween,” Kevin said.

Libby’s is projected to stay open until Halloween, but the family plans to make use of the farm in the off season.

“As soon as pumpkin season is over, we’re breaking ground with our barn area to store things, sell things out of, and potentially have events,” Rachel said.

Libby’s Pumpkin Patch is located at 41251 State Farm Rd., which is about 15 minutes from Athens and Ohio University’s campus and just south of Albany. The farm is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31.

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