When the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, my family loves to welcome the fall season by visiting local pumpkin patches and orchards. Below are some of our favorite places to find the perfect pumpkin and pick your own delicious apples!
Basse’s Taste of Country (3190 County Line Q, Colgate)
Take a hay wagon ride to pick your own pumpkin and find plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained too! Pumpkin Fest (admission fee: $8.99/person; $11.99/person on weekends) includes corn mazes, play areas, giant slides, games and more. On weekends, pony rides are available for an additional fee. Don’t miss the cafe, which serves up mouth-watering treats including apple cider donuts and hand dipped caramel apples with toppings of your choice.
DATES: Pumpkin Fest runs from September 24 through October 30; hours vary.
Cedarburg Creek Farm (649 Hwy 60, Cedarburg)
In addition to exploring the traditional pumpkin patch and corn maze, kids can enjoy fun activities including pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, and a barrel train! Admission and hay wagon rides are free of charge.
DATES: Beginning September 24, the farm is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM, weather permitting.
Jim’s Pumpkin Farm (N124 W17781 W Lovers Ln., Germantown)
This quaint and peaceful farm offers an ample selection of fall decorations such as gourds, straw bales and pre-picked pumpkins. Kids can explore the corn maze, stuff their own scarecrow and check out the Straw Jumping Area and fun head cut outs! On weekends, enjoy a hayride to the pumpkin field to pick your own pumpkin.
DATES: Jim’s is open daily from October 1 through 31, 9 AM to 6 PM.
Lindner Pumpkin Farm (19075 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin)
For $4 per person (or $3 per person with a non-perishable food donation for the New Berlin Food Pantry), guests can enter the Petting Zoo and Lindners Big Back Yard. Meet the goats, mini-pigs, llamas, mini-horses, bunnies and more! Kiddos can enjoy unlimited playtime on the Giant Slide, Olde Tyme Playground, Corn Maze, Scarecrow Speedway pedal tractor racetrack and Li’l Punkin Playground; other rides and games available for an additional fee. Check out Megan’s experience at Lindner Pumpkin Farm in 2015.
DATES: Open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM, September 17 through October 31.
Creekside Valley Farm and Pumpkin Sales (13101 N Wauwatosa Rd.,Mequon)
FREE admission, cost of pumpkins vary. One of our Facebook friends described it as “organized, affordable and fun,” while another said it was “EVERYTHING you would want in a good, wholesome, family pumpkin farm experience without all the extra commercialism.” Clean, affordable and low-key. Corn maze for the kids and they show Packer games in the barn. What’s not to love?
DATES: Open daily from 10 AM to 7 PM, September 17 through October 31.
Swan’s Pumpkin Farm – Franksville
Dates: Pumpkin season opens September 24th, 9 am to 7 pm daily
Cost: FREE Admission & Parking, $9 Adventure Wristbands include all activities except pony rides
Description: A Watermelon Festival kicks off the season with a flourish! The “Not-so-Scary Stuff” includes a corn city, petting zoo, hayrides, barrel train rides, puppet theater and pony rides. There’s also “Scary Stuff” like Wanda’s Spook House, The Witch Hollow Maze and The Graveyard. And what would a pumpkin farm be without Eats & Treats? Check out The Cauldron Cafe for cider donuts, caramel apples and pumpkin pie or browse The Country Market for a variety of seasonal produce.
Schuett Farm – Mukwanago
Dates: Fall festivities begin September 26th! Monday – Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, but most of the featured kiddo activities happen on the weekends
Cost: General admission to the farm is FREE, Plenty of activities to do and stuff to buy!
Description: Pick-your-own Pumpkin, Corn Maze, Hayrides, Pumpkin Launching, plus Hay Bales painted to look like ginormous Jack-o-Lanterns
The Family Farm (328 Port Washington Road, Grafton)
Visit a century old, 35 acre farmstead! 6 historic buildings, a friendly farm zoo – feed and pet the animals, plus antique tools and implements on display – many of which were used 100 years ago! Start your visit in The Welcome Barn which offers harvest treats (pumpkin pie, pumpkin torte, delicious apple cider, caramel apple sundaes, fresh baked cookies, kettle and caramel corn) and lunch for all ages. You’ll find gifts, fall decor, mums and antiques for sale in the Barn too! We have pumpkins everywhere – take a hayride to the patch and pick your own, or collect some from the grounds or in the Welcome Barn.
DATES: Open September 27 to October 30; Closed Mondays, See website for hours
Barthel Fruit Farm (12246 N Farmdale Rd., Mequon)
The farm begins to harvest apples in mid-August, and offers both pre-picked and pick-your-own apples. Varieties include McIntosh, Honeycrisp, and Red and Golden Delicious.
DATES: Early September, until sold out.
Elegant Farmer (1545 Main St., Mukwonago)
Elegant Farmer’s “Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag” is so good, it beat Bobby Flay’s fried creation on a previous episode of Throwdown. Look for this famous treat and sample other yummy homemade specialties at Elegant Farmer’s Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli and Market. Along with apple picking, guests can also enjoy the corn maze, hayrides, train rides and pony rides.
DATES: Harvest Fest Orchard hours are 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturdays and Sundays only, from September 10 through October 23.
Nieman Orchards (932 Pioneer Rd., Cedarburg)
Nine generations of the Nieman family have lived and worked at this historic farm. Several apple varieties are available for picking, and wagon rides to the orchard are offered on weekends. Nieman’s also makes its own fresh-pressed apple cider.
DATES: September and October; call for hours and availability.
Peck & Bushel Organic Fruit Company
Established in 2010, Peck & Bushel now offers more than 17 organic apple varieties throughout the growing season. You can also find fresh-pressed cider, caramel apples, and other treats at the apple barn.
DATES: Pick-your-own apples are available most weekends from late August through early October; call for hours and availability.
Basse’s Country Delight – Muskego
Dates: Open Wednesday – Sunday
Cost: Hayride plus pick your own pumpkin for $7 per person. Corn maze available for additional fee.
Description: Fresh-picked apples, cider donuts, corn maze, pumpkins and more. Everything you’re looking for in a pumpkin/apple destination without all the fuss.
Apple Holler – Sturtevant
Dates: Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm
Cost: Adult Apple-Picking Package Pricing ranges from $16.25 to $20 per person, depending on the number of people in the group. Kids 7 and under are $10, 2 and under are FREE.
Description: Pick your own apples, petting zoo, country store, corn maze, pony rides, ginormous wooden cutouts of apples with an opening for your kid’s face. Autumnal Heaven, right here. Be warned — it’s easy to spend a LOT of money here. Between parking, apples, activities and everything else….it adds up quick.
Where are your favorite places to pick the perfect pumpkin or search out apples?
Be sure to check out our other resources for fall in Milwaukee:
- The Quick and Dirty Guide to Fall in Milwaukee
- Milwaukee Mom’s Guide to September 2016