Pickers show off their apple selections at Apple Holler in Sturtevant, Wisc.
Don't miss the pumpkin launchers at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen.
The pumpkin launchers at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen can toss a pumpkin more than a hundred feet in the air.
Find fresh grown vegetables, pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, a petting zoo and hay rides on the nearly 40 acres at Bentz Road Farm in Pleasant Prairie, WI.
What sets Bentz Road Farm in Pleasant Prairie, WI apart from the many other pumpkin patches is its guided nature walks, professional photography, spa events and plethora of landscaping trees.
Bentz Road Farm is located at 6109 85th St. in Pleasant Prairie, WI.
Goebbert's Fall Harvest Market in South Barrington has fall decorations and farm-fresh vegetables, including pumpkins. | File photo
This year’s corn maze depicts a honey bee hive and honey bees at Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm in Waukegan.
Ruthann and Randy Kroll, owners of Kroll’s Farm in Waukegan, have outdone themselves with this year’s corn maze depicting a barn and silo. Shown is a maze from a previous year.
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm is located at 13236 W. Townline Rd. in Waukegan.
Pony rides are open Saturdays and Sundays in October, and kids who ride can pick free pumpkins while they last at Patch 22 in Wadsworth.
At Patch 22 in Wadsworth, kids can pick pumpkins from a pony patch. “We have a big pony field where the kids can ride ponies,” said Dan Kelly, owner of Patch 22. “We decided to put a pumpkin patch out there and it was a big hit.” Pony rides are open Saturdays and Sundays in October, and kids who ride can pick free pumpkins while they last.
Laura Heffernan, part of the Heffernan family that runs Susanna Farms in Lake Villa, said, “The land was originally purchased by my maternal grandparents in the 1930s, and we are happy that we are able to keep it as open space and farm land. A portion of it was also recently sold to the Lake County Forest Preserve and will remain as Bluebird Meadow for the public to enjoy.”
The Heffernan family runs Susanna Farms in Lake Villa, and the children and grandchildren help plant pumpkin seeds and tend the patch for its annual Family Harvest Days. The festival features hayrides, corn mazes, face painting and crafts.
Farmer Ken Swan said, “Making pumpkin time the best time. It’s all about quality family time.” Swan’s Pumpkin Farm in Franksville, WI is in its 33rd season, and it is still going strong.