Things to Do
We will provide a simple, hands on fun in an informal setting, where family traditions begin and memories are created as well as a source for all you fall decorating supplies.
Enjoy the opportunities
- Pick your own pumpkin
- Pick raspberries
- See the chickens and pet the kitties
- Explore the silo slide and silo bounce
- See the witch and ghosts
- Shop in the barn
- Bring a picnic
Capture the Memories
We have 8 acres of pumpkins and over 30 varieties. There are large and small in several colors and they are smooth or bumpy. Some pumpkins are really squash and very edible. The large ones are stringy, but the smaller pie pumpkins are sweeter and meatier. White pumpkins can also make a lovely decoration for your fall wedding.
We also have some wonderful fall decorations including-
- Corn stalks-large or mini bundles
- Decorative corn-tied or individual ears
- Mini pumpkins-orange or white
- Gourds-large or small, dried
- Straw bales-regular or mini
- Broom Corn
- Fall Mums
Feel free to pick your own...find one or a wagon load, a great family experience.
Pink Pumpkin Fund
We first grew the Porcelain Doll pumpkin in 2015. To purchase the seeds, we signed an agreement to send 25 cents for each pink pumpkin sold to the Pink Pumpkin Foundation for breast cancer research. Our "Paint the Patch Pink" activities raised additional funds for cancer research, but could not go directly to the Hormel Institute. They, however, applied for the grant and were awarded $15,000 in 2016.
The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation ws created in 2012 to aid in the fight against breast cancer. America's pumpkin growers have committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold this year to organizations involved in breast cancer research. To learn more go to www.pinkpumpkinpatch.org
School classes and children's groups love visiting Farmer John's...and Jan's.
Children are shown the variety of pumpkins grown, given a tour of the barn where they are encouraged to touch or hold the decorative corn, gourds, squash and pumpkins on display. They also are "squished" into the strawberry, given a tour of Farmer John's house (corn house) and weighed on an old scale. After seeing the chickens and some garden vegetables, they "finally" get to go into the silo (slide) before going upstairs to the barn classroom for more information about growing pumpkins, participating in Farmer John's magic and pumpkin carving before heading out to the patch to find their favorite pumpkin to take home.
Evening groups (usually involve parents and more time)
Campfire and sticks available for roasting hot dogs or marshmallows.
Can't bring your group out? We can come to you.
FIELD TRIP INFORMATION
Field Trips are approximately one hour long.
Must be scheduled in advance.
Cost: $6.00/child preschool and kindergarten
$8.00 First Grade through Adult
No charge for chaperones
$35.00 Minimum charge per group
Fire: $25.00 (includes marshmallow sticks)
Tractor drawn wagon ride: $50.00 by special arrangement
Looking for that special place for a party? Up the stairs to the loft is the perfect place for a birthday, graduation, reunion, meeting, etc.
You may bring your own food, non alcoholic beverages, and decorations. Tables and chairs are provided.
- Facility: $100 includes Farmer John to carve one pumpkin (if requested)
- Advance Cleanup Fee: $50 refundable if returned to original condition
- Fire: $25.00 includes marshmallow sticks
- Tractor drawn wagon ride: $50.00
Must be scheduled in advance
Often selected country setting for beautiful wedding, graduation, and family pictures. Also businesses that need an ad with a country look.
Site Fee: $50.00
What a special and fun way to measure you child's growth. Take a picture each year by Farmer John's "How Tall This Fall" growth chart. There are many perfect places all over the farm for that memorable Christmas photo.
We do have a few requests for your safely and the enjoyment of others.
We are not in the entertainment business! We are here to provide a good old fashioned country experience.
Our Pet Policy
We love pets, but please do not bring your pets to the farm. We ask this for their safely as well as the safely of others.
Our kitties have claws. We ask that you instruct your children to pet them, but not pick them up.
Our Child Policy
Children left unattended will be towed away at owners expense ;~) While this is of course not true, do keep and eye on your children and .
PLEASE COUNT YOUR CHILDREN BEFORE YOU LEAVE!