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Posted on: 9/15/2010
Whether you prefer to paint them or carve them, bake them or eat them, it’s time to hit the pumpkin patch to pick out your favorite for the fall season.
Every autumn, Wisconsin locals flock to their local pumpkin patch in search of the best. Sometimes that means tall and skinny, sometimes short and round, sometimes even green and misshapen; the perfect pumpkin is loosely defined and its beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
So whether you want to choose your own pumpkin to take home, are craving a slice of pumpkin pie or just want to celebrate its existence, there are tons of ways to enjoy the power of the pumpkin in Wisconsin. Here's a sampling of some of the great pumpkin patches in the state.
Northwest Wisconsin Pumpkin Patches
Schultz's Country Barn - Eleva
This unique farm is a combination gift shop, banquet facility, petting zoo, locally grown produce market, and in the autumn, a pumpkin patch extraordinaire! Also every fall, a fun and challenging corn maze.
Mommsen's Produce Patch - Rice Lake
Mummsen's features an unusual array of pumpkin "artillery," including the Medieval Trebuchet catapult which throws a 50 lb pumpkin over 300 ft and an air cannon which sends an 8" pumpkin sailing over 1700 ft.
Central Wisconsin Pumpkin Patches
Northeast Wisconsin Pumpkin Patches
Southeast Wisconsin Pumpkin Patches
Apple Holler Restaurant & Playhouse - Sturtevant
In addition to picking perfect pumpkins, peaches, pears, and peas, you can also enjoy a restaurant, dinner theatre, tours, animals, and the Apple Holler Mining Company's gemstone panning for precious stones!
South Central Wisconsin Pumpkin Patches
Treinen Farm - Lodi
Treinen boasts Wisconsin’s largest corn maze, horse drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, a tube slide, tractor tire playground, mini-maze, pumpkin slingshot, farm animals, and plenty of seasonal fall foods.
Vesperman Farms & Bures Berry Patch, Inc - Barneveld
There are many excellent choices for finding pumpkins in southwest Wisconsin; two to try are Barneveld's Vesperman Farms, farmed by the Vesperman family for nearly 120 years, and Bures Berry Patch where a philosophy of Best Management Practices minimizes the environmental impact involved in producing a wide variety of premium fall produce.
Pumpkin for the Taste Buds
Stockholm Pie Company - Stockholm
No commercial pie dough, roll dough or pie fillings for these sweet treats from a little shop located along the mighty Mississippi. Each pie is made by hand from the freshest ingredients possible. Their pumpkin pie is no exception. It’s a fall favorite.
Norske Nook - Rice Lake, Osseo, Hayward and Eau Claire
Several of their made-from-scratch pies have won awards at the Annual National Pie Championship in Florida. Try the Pumpkin Cream Cheese for a seasonally sensational piece of pie!
Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Festival - Nekoosa
At this event, growers from across the state weigh their giant pumpkins for international competition. Also featured: a giant pumpkin drop, pumpkin boat races, an antique tractor and car show, entertainment and, of course, fabulous food!
Henschel's Pumpkin Patch - Elkhart Lake
Visit the pumpkin patch and learn about lthe history and culture of local Native Americans. Round out the day with a wagon ride, corn maze adventure, and some trout fishing.