Get pumped for pumpkin-picking season, and bundle up to visit a Wisconsin pumpkin patch for sugar, spice and everything nice!
Mukwonago, through Oct. 23
You know you’ve found the Elegant Farmer when you see the eye-catching yellow barn with the welcoming smiley face exterior. Here, visitors can be wowed by Wisconsin’s fall foliage while riding a friendly pony, chugging along on a vintage train, or aboard a tractor-pulled hayride. The farmer’s market will be serving up classics that you cannot miss out on, like the famously gooey caramel apple pie in a bag. Or treat yourself to the perfect combination of orchard-fresh apple cider and Elegant Farmer’s beloved apple cider doughnuts. And if pumpkins aren’t the only thing you’re looking to pick this fall, then definitely stop by the apple orchard for nearly 20 varieties of perfectly ripe apples, ready to pick and take home for eating, baking and decorating. For old-fashioned farm fun, visit Elegant Farmer on a weekend now through Oct. 23 for free admission. For more information, visit elegantfarmer.com.
The Burch Barn
The Burch Barn transports you to earlier times with its vintage vibes and rustic atmosphere. You’ll fall in love with the nostalgic charm of this Wisconsin pumpkin patch, and maybe even have to make it a new tradition. Guests can expect to be thrilled by bounce houses, derby horse races, grain train rides and so much more. The main event at The Burch Barn is undoubtedly its massive, 100-ft. gunny sack slide. So be sure to muster up the courage to ride the slide for stunning views of the farm and surrounding colors of fall. Now open for the fall season, you can spend a wholesome weekend at The Burch Barn for $6 and leave with a pumpkin as your prize. For more information, visit www.burchbarn.com.
Get lost in acres of fun at Schuster’s Farm while you meet some friendly critters, challenge the corn maze, and get your fright on at the Haunted Forest. No matter how you spend your time, Schuster’s Farm will give you all of the feel-good nostalgia of autumn’s past. And if all you want to do is eat, then that’s OK, too! The farm will be rolling out sweets every day, including cider slushies, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and apple blossoms. If you stop by on the weekend, you’ll also be greeted with a bar cart featuring beer, wine, seltzers and spiked hot drink specialties to sip over a toasty bonfire. And it wouldn’t be a Wisconsin pumpkin patch without picking out the perfect pumpkin at the 15-acre patch. The farm is open for fall season now through Oct. 31. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit schustersfarm.com.
Jerry Smith Farm
With the help of hand-painted pumpkin displays bursting with vibrant, imaginative designs, the fall celebrations get underway at Jerry Smith Farm. In addition to a never-ending Wisconsin pumpkin patch, the farm offers fun with a petting zoo, a crazy corn maze and a giant bounce pad. A foodie’s paradise, Jerry Smith Farm is also serving up fall treats like taffy apples, caramel corn and, of course, their famous frosted sugar cookies. A cute coffee cart will also keep you warm with hot cocoa and coffee. But if you’re looking for something a little more buzz-worthy, then check out the beverage garden for loaded Bloody Mary’s and local brews. Experience fall at the pumpkin farm now through Oct. 30, on weekdays for $6 and weekends for $11. For more information, visit jerrysmithfarm.com.
If you’re a fan of Oktoberfest, just wait until you experience the wonders of Farmtoberfest at Porter’s Patch this fall. This Wisconsin pumpkin patch is known for harvesting over 40 different varieties of pumpkins, perfect for carving into toothy jack-o’-lanterns. At Farmtoberfest, guests can also get crafty and make their own spooky scarecrow, painted gourd or fall bouquet of flowers. You also can’t go wrong with attempting to crack the code of the corn maze or trying your aim at the Corn Cob Chuck firing range. Whatever you do, be sure to come hungry because the El Agave food truck will tempt you. Porter’s Patch is open on weekends now through Oct. 30. Tickets available for $10. For more information, visit porterspatch.com.
Green Meadows Farm
Autumn is a reason to celebrate at Green Meadows Petting Farm. As the leaves change from speckled greens to burnt shades of gold, this farm prepares for pumpkins galore. Spend a cozy day surrounded by the colorful countryside with fun for the whole family. Aside from the pumpkin picking, guests can also look forward to a sprawling corn maze, hayrides and dozens of adorable farm animals. Some petting zoo favorites include cuddly kittens, fluffy bunnies and playful pigs. Fall season at the farm will run from Sept. 23 to Oct. 30, with general admission tickets available for $15.75. For more information, visit greenmeadowsfarmwi.com.
Polly’s Pumpkin Patch
You’ve probably never seen pink, green or even blue pumpkins, but at Polly’s Pumpkin Patch, your imagination is the limit. From miniature pumpkins to 100-lb. giants, this Wisconsin pumpkin patch has it all. You can take a wagon ride out to the patch once you’ve checked out the corn mazes, 40-ft. slide and petting zoo. And after a fun-filled day, be sure to revive your exploring appetite with Wisconsin cheese curds and freshly baked pies. But before you go, stock up on bales of straw and ornamental corn stalks to make your yard a showstopper this spooky season. Polly’s Pumpkin Patch will be open for its fall season now through Oct. 31. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit pollyspumpkinpatch.com.