Oh My Gourd, It’s Pumpkin Time
Pumpkin spice and everything nice in Durham.
Posted By Natalie Minott on Oct 05, 2021
It’s that time of year. The weather is cooler, the trees are putting on quite the show displaying their colorful leaves, and people young and old are flippin' out about pumpkins. Whether you're looking for a pumpkin drink or treat or planning to carve jack-o'-lanterns, here's the scoop on where to get your pumpkin fix in Durham.
Where to Buy Pumpkins
'Tis the pumpkin season, so chances are you are looking for all kinds of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes right about now. Perkins Orchard, Holder Hill Farm, and The Durham Co-op all have pumpkins available for purchase.
Perkins Orchard | 5749 Barbee Road
Perkins Orchard, a unique fruit and vegetable stand located in the heart of Southeast Durham, celebrates its 50th season this year. Not only do they have a huge variety of pumpkins for sale, but for just $10, you can purchase a pumpkin paint kit and paint a pumpkin on-site or take it to go. Both children and adults can enjoy this great Fall activity!
Holder Hill Farm | 4814 Holder Road
With seven acres of pumpkin patch, Holder Hill Farm provides a wide variety of pumpkins to fit all family needs. The huge farm also has fun play areas, hayrides, corn mazes, and walking trails.
The Durham Co-op | 1111 W. Chapel Hill St.
The Durham Co-op is a grocery store owned by the community that focuses on carrying local, natural, and organic foods plus products made with sustainable, fair trade, and ethical practices. Need pumpkins? The co-op has numerous pumpkins of all sizes available for purchase. They also have an assortment of pumpkin-flavored baked goods from local bakeries.
Where to Sip Pumpkin Drinks
From coffee to beer, we’ve got you covered with these unique, delicious, and necessary pumpkin drink options all around Durham.
Cocoa Cinnamon | 420 Geer St./2627 Hillsborough Road/2013 Chapel Hill Road
Cocoa Cinnamon showed up and showed off for the coffee drinkers with their seasonal Harvest Latte, a unique and delicious take on the pumpkin spice latte made with house-made pumpkin seed and cinnamon syrup, ginger, allspice, and cayenne.
Cloche Coffee | 721 Broad St.
If you visit Cloche Coffee, you'll find that their coffee shop with a lovely patio is the perfect space to work, catch up with friends, and recharge for a bit. Make sure to stop by, check out all their lovely plants for sale, and grab a cup of their seasonal pumpkin marshmallow latte or white pumpkin hot chocolate!
Bull City Ciderworks | 305 S. Roxboro St.
Bull City Ciderworks, located in the heart of downtown, crafts unique ciders made with 100% apple juice. They just released Jack and Oak, a pumpkin cider aged to perfection on American Oak. Yes, they do deliver or you can visit their Durham location with an outdoor space and fire pit.
EverLou Coffee Co. | 506 N. Mangum St.
If you love fall flavors, head to the newly opened EverLou Coffee Co. in the heart of downown. Try the pumpkin pie latte and keep an eye out for their pastries and other sweet treats.
Oak House | 126 W. Main St.
Are you ready for some pumpkin pie in a glass? If you said yes, then you have to try the seasonal drinks at the Oak House! The Oak House has both a light and spicy beer made with farm-grown pumpkins and a pumpkin spice latte beer brewed with seasonal spices, vanilla bean, and coffee roasted at the brewery. Also, be sure to try their cream stout brewed with organic pumpkin, flaked oats, and lactose called Javalantern.
Where to find Pumpkin flavors
Alley Twenty Six | 320 E. Chapel Hill St.
The seasons have changed over at Alley Twenty Six. Stop by for a bowl of coconut milk-based pumpkin soup topped with goat cheese, Aleppo pepper, olive oil, and microgreens. While you're there, pick up a bottle of pumpkin pie syrup cocktail mixer that features clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon notes.
Where to enjoy a sweet pumpkin treat
Who needs a pumpkin spice twinkie (yes, that’s really a thing) when you have local, fresh-baked pumpkin treats and ice cream.
Monuts | 1002 9th St.
It's always time for doughnuts! Monuts, a bakery and cafe located in downtown Durham has a variety of baked goods, including a pumpkin chai doughnut.
Ninth Street Bakery | 136 E. Chapel Hill St.
You will not regret a pumpkin bar from the Ninth Street Bakery. They also have loaves of fresh bread made with pumpkin. The Fall Harvest Boule highlights the flavors of the season incorporating yellow cornmeal and pumpkin seeds, and the Danish Rugbod is a dense rye loaf with pumpkin and flax.
Bean Traders | 105 W. North Carolina 54 #249
Bean Traders had an assortment of seasonal pastries like pumpkin pie tarts and cookies covered in frosting! Treat yourself to a cup of coffee and something sweet.
The Parlour | 117 Market St. Durham
The Parlour has two delicious pumpkin flavors that you definitely want to try. Stop by for a scoop or pint of their pumpkin cookies & cream and vegan pumpkin pie ice cream!
Rockwood Dairy Bar | 2514 University Drive
With old-fashioned soda shop flare, Rockwood Dairy Bar, which opened in the spring of this year, crafts freshly spun ice cream. Pumpkin pie ice cream is on their menu for the fall.
Sweets by Shada | 105 W. Morgan St.
Head downtown to Sweets by Shada for delicious melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin spice macarons filled with fall spices.
Simon Says Dip This | 117 W. Parrish St.
Simon Says Dip This took the pumpkin spice challenge to the next level with their pumpkin spice dipped cone topped with ... cotton candy.
Two Roosters | Golden Belt Campus/800 Taylor St.
Two Roosters expanded to Durham with a new Golden Belt location. Be sure to try their non-dairy pumpkin spice cake ice cream.
Whisk and Rye | 3401 University Drive, Suite 5
Whisk and Rye is a French-inspired mobile bakery that is crafting unique baked goods. Head on over for all the fall vibes and delicious pumpkin treats like pumpkin spice conchas, pumpkin crumb muffins (there's a gluten-free option), and pumpkin seed sourdough.