The Patch

 

VISITING THE PATCH

The Patch is now closed until Friday 25th October 2019. Please check our FAQs below for opening times and all you need to know about visiting The Patch.

Our plan for the patch

Established in 2018, The Patch at Kilduff is an exciting family experience in the heart of East Lothian. An opportunity for children, young and old, to pick their own pumpkins right from the field. As a result of a desire to engage children (our own included) with rural life and teach them where food comes from and how it is grown, we decided to develop The Patch. In 2018 we welcomed around 6000 visitors to pick pumpkins over two weekends in October. We were absolutely delighted with the response and can’t wait to welcome visitors again when the Patch reopens in October 2019.

 

So much love and passion has gone in to this pumpkin patch experience, they deserve to sell every last pumpkin that they have. My kids have already asked if we can go again next year!
The Bear and the Fox

What’s Next

We are passionate about using local produce and reducing food waste and want to encourage people that a pumpkin is not just for Halloween! In that vein we are committed to growing specific varieties for both carving and to cook with. The Patch will re-open for pumpkin picking in October 2019 but in the meantime keep an eye out here and on social media for updates on how the pumpkins are getting on!

FAQs about The Patch

All you need to know about visiting The Patch

Where is The Patch?

The Patch is at Kilduff Farm just outside Athelstaneford in East Lothian. The postcode for the farm is EH39 5BD. Access to The Patch is from the B1343. The Patch and parking will be clearly signposted so you won’t miss it!

Bus – the farm is on the North Berwick to Haddington route – the 121 is currently run by Eve’s Coaches.  https://www.eveinfo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/121-071019.pdf

Kilduff Farm isn’t a scheduled stop but if you make the driver aware that you are coming to The Patch they should stop to let you off. Walk up the farm drive and you can access The Patch safely from there!

When is The Patch open for pumpkin picking?

The Patch will be open on the following dates and times in October 2019:

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th & Monday 21st – 10am to 4pm

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th – 10am to 4pm

The Patch will be open until the last Kilduff pumpkin is sold.  Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook pages for most up to date information.

How do I pick a pumpkin?

We have planted 5000 pumpkin plants of lots of different varieties and each pumpkin grows in its own way so you are sure to find the perfect pumpkin to suit you. All the pumpkins will be cut from the vine and ready to lift into one of the wheelbarrows waiting on The Patch.

How much does visiting The Patch cost?

Entry to The Patch is free as is the bale maze and all the other fun stuff on The Patch. Pumpkins are priced according to weight and range between £2 and £10.

Where are the pumpkins that you sell grown?

We plant thousands of pumpkin seeds at Kilduff Farm each year.  Our culinary pumpkins are grown on a dedicated culinary patch separate from the pick your own patch. Our aim is to grow all the pumpkins we sell ourselves from seed right here at Kilduff. Pumpkins do however need certain weather conditions to grow and survive until they are harvested in Autumn. They need sunshine and warmth to ripen and encourage their skins to set. We all know that Scottish weather doesn’t always play the game and sadly not every pumpkin survives on The Patch until picking. If weather conditions make growing pumpkins tricky, we may need to top up our numbers with pumpkins grown on other farms. We want to try to make sure that we have enough for everyone. These pumpkins will come from farms further South where conditions are warmer and dryer.

How should I look after my pumpkin when I get it home?

Remember that a pumpkin is a fresh fruit and it’s made up of 90% water, so it won’t last forever. Most uncarved pumpkins will last for at least a couple of weeks (and often longer) but unfortunately some will rot after a few days of being picked. It just depends on a huge number of factors! Culinary pumpkins can usually be stored for up to 6 months.

Pumpkins like being kept clean and uncarved in a cool, dry place.  As soon as you damage the skin of a pumpkin (i.e. carve it) it will start to deteriorate – it’s natural!

If you are wanting your pumpkin masterpiece to last until Halloween it is best to leave it to carve until the weekend before.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for pumpkins that rot.

Do you take cards?

Yes, but cash is also welcome!

Where can we park?

There is plenty of parking in the stubble field next to The Patch. Please note that there is no parking on the roads around the farm. While we will do everything we can to keep the field from getting too muddy, we are in Scotland and it might get very wet! If your car is as precious as Cinderella’s carriage we may not be the place for you to visit. There will be Pumpkin Patch Pals managing the traffic and parking so please follow their instructions – they are there to help and keep you safe! If you have mobility difficulties and need to park close to The Patch please let our Patch Pals know and they will direct you to a parking spot as close to The Patch as possible.

Can we bring our dog along for the fun?

Unfortunately not! The Patch is a pooch-free place. Dogs must be left at home or if happy in the car. There are lots of lovely walks surrounding the farm and further afield in East Lothian that you can all enjoy together once you’ve visited The Patch.

What should we wear?

Wrap up warm and wear wellies – we are in Scotland after all! The Patch will be open for picking whatever the weather (as long as snow and storms stay away). The Patch and car park may get muddy so save your white trainers for another day!

What else is on The Patch?

Our friends at Sinclair & Rice will be selling hot drinks and tasty treats from their refurbished horsebox, ‘Bluebell’. There is a straw bale maze to explore and lots of opportunities to take autumn themed family photos. There will be loos and a stretch tent for shelter too!

Pictures from the Patch

Pictures from the Patch