It’s pumpkin & apple time!

October 12, 2010 —

Where to get your pumpkins:

Howells – has a barnyard, kid activities, corn maze & tractor rides. They also have a gift shop & snacks for sale. They may have a small admission fee but I’m not sure.

Black’s Heritage Farm – Pick-your-own pumpkins, with other veggies for sale on this family-run farm, petting zoo, hayrack rides, etc.

Patch’s – $4 admission covers a straw maze, petting zoo, play center with train rides & bounce house, pumpkin cannon & tractor hayrack rides.

TimberPine – This local nursery & greenhouse offers “PumpkinFest” every weekend through the end of October, 9-4:30 on Saturday & 12-4 on Sundays. Free hayrack ride to the patch & marshmallow roasting. They also have a family funzone with bouncehouse, disc golf, slide & more, which is $4 per kid or $10 per family.

Pumpkinville – Cornmaze, farm animals, straw jump, train & other kid activities, campfires by reservation, hayrack rides on weekends and more will provide hours of fun!

Williamson’s Pumpkin Paradise – This is where my family usually goes. Just NW of Des Moines, between Ankeny & Altoona, they have pick-your-own or you can select from a nice pile. They also have a corn bin, petting zoo and fun house for kids and a pumpkin cannon for the larger “kids” to shoot. Best part? No admission fee. Just pay for the pumpkins, gourds or fall decorations you buy! (This is a real, working farm. No website; just call 515-967-3065 if you have questions. It’s open 10 a.m. – dark each day.)

Where to get pumpkins AND apples:

Center Grove - $6 on weekdays or $8 on weekends gets you into a corn maze or pool, pedal tractors, hayrack rides on weekends, apple sling shot & more. (You can get your apples here too!) They are hosting “Pumpkin Fest” Oct. 16 & 17. They also have a shop & cafe.

Wills Family Orchard - You-pick organic apples and pumpkins! They also have a store (with homemade pies!) and barnyard. Games & maze for the kids, hay wagon rides and more!


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

Comments

  • Pesky

    Howell’s charges $6 for adults to ride out to the fields and the corn maze, but no charge to buy what they’ve already picked and to play with their goats. $.43/pound. Berry Patch Farm in Nevada is another place where you can pick your own pumpkins and apples, with no charge to take a tractor ride out to the fields. They don’t really have kids activities at Berry Patch though.

  • Pesky

    Howell’s charges $6 for adults to ride out to the fields and the corn maze, but no charge to buy what they’ve already picked and to play with their goats. $.43/pound. Berry Patch Farm in Nevada is another place where you can pick your own pumpkins and apples, with no charge to take a tractor ride out to the fields. They don’t really have kids activities at Berry Patch though.