The Master Guide To Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes And Orchard Farms In Illinois

Make Room On The Fridge For This One. It’s that time of year. Pumpkin pies, gourds, fall festivals and pumpkin patches and while we all know much about this time of year, here are some stats, places to visit, things for the kids and additional tidbits of info about the pumpkin you may not be aware of.

– Illinois is the number one pumpkin producer in the United States
– The top ten pumpkin producing counties in Illinois are: Tazewell, Mason, Wayne, Peoria, Stark, Moultrie, Logan, Kane, McHenry, McLean
– Pumpkin is a fruit because they are part of the plant that contains seeds
– There is a difference between pumpkins you cook and the pumpkins you carve
– Pumpkins are grown primarily for processing with a small percentage grown for ornamental sales through you-pick farms, farmers’ market, and retail sales
– It takes 110 days for a pumpkin vine to produce mature pumpkins
– Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, sodium and high in fiber
– 80 percent of the pumpkins produced commercially in the United States are produced within a 90-mile radius of Peoria.
– Giant pumpkins can grow five pounds a day
– Pumpkins can rage in size from less than a pound to over 1,000 pounds

When to plant: Late May for northern locations, Early July for southern locations.

– Vine pumpkins require at least 50 to 100 square feet for growth; plant seeds one in deep in the ground.
– Bush varieties: Plant seeds one inch deep, and three feet apart
– Bees are needed to pollinate pumpkins
– Pumpkins are ready to be picked with the rind is hard and a deep orange color

PUMPKIN PATCHES & FARMS (always call to verify hours of operation)

There are more than 500 pumpkin farms in Illinois, many with you-pick options:

Honey Hill Orchard

Honey Hill Orchard is a family-owned and operated orchard that was started as a hobby in 1965. Today, the original orchard location has 2,100 apple trees, with an additional 500 trees at a second farm. Waterman, IL

Date August – October
Time 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Telephone: 815-264-3337

Johnson’s Pumpkin Stand and Corn Maze

The Johnson family pumpkin stand is a comfortable rural setting ideal for you to select your fall decorating needs. If your thinking about a corn field adventure, be sure to check out our corn mazes. Sycamore, IL

Date September 25th – October 31st
Time 10:00am-6:00pm
Telephone 815-895-3752

Royal Oak Farm

Large apple orchard and pumpkin patch located in Northern Illinois. They offer over 16,000 apple trees to pick from in over 30 different varieties along with a large u-pick or pre-picked pumpkin patch. Harvard, Il

Date Sept 1 – Oct 31
Time Mon-Thurs 9:30-5, Fri & Sat 9:30-7, Sun 11-6
Telephone (815) 648-4141

Jonamac Orchard

Bring your family out to our 65 acre site for a day of fall fun this harvest season and enjoy the horse drawn hay rides, 10 acre corn maze (Beginning Labor Day Weekend), kid’s activity area with a bar. Malta, IL, 60150

Date Sept 5 – Oct 31
Time 9-5
Telephone 815-825-2158

Country Corner Farm Market and Pumpkin Patch

Leaves are changing. Chill is in the air. It must be time…for pumpkin season! During the month of October, enjoy the charms of autumn at the Country Corner Farm Market and Pumpkin Patch. Alpha, IL, 61413

Date Sept 10-Oct 31
Telephone 309-314-3634

Country Corner Farm Market Flashlight Maze and Zombie Quest

Zombie Quest Paintball Have you ever wanted to play paintball, but didn’t like the idea of getting shot or getting dirty? We have found the solution.

Date Sept 17,24 Oct 1-30 weekends
Time 7pm-10pm
Telephone 309-314-3634

Dittmar Farms

U-pick pumpkins, scenic hayride, corn maze. Great family fun! Elizabeth, IL, 61028

Date Mid September – Oct 31
Time Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Telephone 815-858-3413

Selmi’s Pumpkin Patch

The Selmi Farm welcomes you until October 31st to celebrate the harvest of the the season in a big way. Even the 5th generation is starting to join in the fun! A family tradition for more than 60 years. Rock Falls, IL, 61071

Date Sep 26 – Oct 31
Time Daily: 9am-6pm
Telephone 815-626-3830

Kuipers Family Farm

It’s the Reason You Love the Season!Kuipers Family Farm is like one-stop shopping for all your favorite fall things. Located just west of Geneva off Rt. 38 in Maple Park, the farm is 230 acres of apples. Maple Park, IL

Date August – October
Time Mon – Sat: 9am – 6pm, Sun: 10am – 6pm
Telephone 815-827-5200 x107

Jonamac Orchard Haunted Corn Maze

Our 10 acre cornfield and 3 miles of winding pathways will take on a Halloween makeover and will cater to families during daylight hours, but watch out…adventure seekers should prepare to be scared. Malta, IL, 60150

Date Sept 30 – Oct 29
Time Fri & Sat dark-10:30pm
Telephone 815-825-2158

Tri-State Market Pumpkin Barn

Open-air market/fresh produce, honey, jams, veggies. October family fun: mountains of pumpkins, apples, sky high bounce slide, scarecrow corn maze, hay rides, friendly farm animals, food. East Dubuque, IL, 61025

Date October
Time Daily – 9 am – 6 pm
Telephone 815-747-6832

Stade’s Farm & Market

Pick anything from raspberries to snap peas with Stade’s Farm & Market’s U-Pick offerings. Stade’s Farm and Market has become a cherished family destination, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. McHenry, IL, 60051

Date Sept & October
Time 9-6 Daily

Stade’s Farm & Market Shades of Autumn Festival

September: Saturdays and SundaysOctober: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays Regular Admission Children age 2 and under admitted free Ages 3-64 – $15 Ages 65 and over – $10. McHenry, IL, 60051

Date Sept & October
Time 10am-6pm

Murray Pumpkin Farm

Dixon, IL, 61021

Pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn & suash. Corn Stalks, 4 sies of straw bales for sale in our farm. Pumpkins are sold by size. Carmel apples and cookies on weekends. Also you can see chickens on the f

Date Sept 16-Oct 31
Time 9am-dark
Telephone 815-631-1541

Richardson Adventure Farm

We now have over 30 activities and we are adding more and more each year!  You will find plenty of things to do even if you are 3 years old, teenage, 20-something, 30-something, and older! Spring Grove, IL, 60081

Date Sept 3-Oct 30
Time Wed/thurs 3-10pm, fri/sat 10am-11pm, sun- Noon -10pm, Labor Day/Columbus Day 10am-10pm
Telephone 815-675-9729

Jonamac Orchard

Starting on Labor Day weekend, we have all of our activities and buildings open.  This includes our Store and Bakery, Apple Picking (apple variety availability), Pumpkin Patch . Malta, IL, 60150

Date Sept 3-Oct 31
Time 9-5
Telephone 815-825-2158

Byron Cornerstone Youth Group Corn Maze

The Corn Maze is located just North of Byron at the site of the future home of Cornerstone Family Church at the corners of Tower & Lynn Rds. The maze is open each weekend in October. Byron, IL

Date Oct 1-2, 8-9,15-16,22-23
Time Sat: noon-9pm Sunday’s 1:30-8pm

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Won’t You Come Visit Me Today?Grab The Kids and Take a Drive to Eleroy today and Visit The Huron Farm Market. Open all day today on Labor Day.

Posted by Today In The Port on Monday, September 7, 2015

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