The Patch at Kilduff was borne from a desire of Russell and Lucy Calder to involve their three young children in the day-to-day farming on their family farm.

After exploring lots of diversification ideas, the family settled on a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. It took two years of research and planning and a lot of trial and error before The Patch at Kilduff Farm opened to the public in October last year. The team at Kilduff are hugely passionate about everything to which they turn their hands. They believe it is extremely important for people, especially children, to know what they are eating, how it is grown or produced and experience a little bit of farming life. This is the driving force behind The Patch.

Unique to the area and set just outside Athelstaneford, pumpkin picking on The Patch was a huge hit with children young and old. A bale maze, speciality coffee and toasties sold by the fantastic Sinclair & Rice from their refurbished horse-box, photo opportunities and some beautiful blue-sky days provided an exciting family day out. In 2018 around 6,000 visitors picked pumpkins over two weekends in October. And this October, The Patch will see more of the same, including the addition of a dedicated culinary patch which offers a variety of culinary pumpkins to food enthusiasts across the Lothians. Russell and Lucy are excited about more people trying their pumpkins and sharing their recipes, including this one for Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Muffins created for Kilduff Farm by Sonia Lee, LeeLifeNutrition. 

THE PATCH
Open for pumpkin picking

18th-21st and 25th-27th October 10am – 4pm
Kilduff Farm, near Athelstaneford EH39 5BD
www.kilduff.co.uk/patch