Imagine a road trip that begins in the Great Horicon Marsh where you can observe hundreds of thousands of migrating Canada geese, songbirds and waterfowl. From there it’s a short seven miles to Juneau where the kids can choose a plump pumpkin at Waldvogel’s Pumpkin Farm. In nearby Theresa you can tour Widmer’s Cheese Cellars and shop their factory store for great gift boxes and yummy cheeses. Cap your outing in Campbellsport where you can pick a peck of apples on a wagon-ride tour of Armstrong Apples. All that – Horicon to Campbellsport – in less than 40 miles.
Or, how about a tour that starts in the southern unit of Wisconsin‘s Kettle Moraine State Forest? The area is a favorite with metro-Milwaukee residents looking for a great autumn color drive. In nearby Mukwonago, visit The Elegant Farmer where you can pick apples and pumpkins, purchase veggies and cheese, and bring home one of their famous apple pies baked-in-a-bag. To the southwest, Elkhorn’s Apple Barn Orchard and Winery offers fresh apples and peaches, as well as small-batch fruit wines. Delight the kids with a visit to the Busy Barns Adventure Farm in Fort Atkinson where they can enjoy the farm animals, a corn maze, puppet theater, and pick their own pumpkins. All that – from the Kettle Moraine to Fort Atkinson – in about 50 miles.
These and many more autumn adventures can be planned on the Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association's website. You can plan your own Autumn Harvest Trail and get to know Wisconsin food producers and agricultural tourism destinations. You'll find everything from orchards to cranberry bogs so you can map out a fun fall experience while increasing your knowledge of what foods are produced where in Wisconsin. It’s an opportunity to join the “foodie” revolution and add more local foods to your diet.