Summer is almost over and that means it’s time for the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes, football games, visits to the apple orchard and pumpkin patches and all the other fun things that come along with fall. Read through our guide to find out all the best places to find apples and pumpkins this year.
5801 N 10th St, Marion, IA 52302
You’ll find over 40 varieties of apples at this family-run orchard. Visit on the weekend to pick apples straight from the tree. Allen’s also offers more than just apples. Find fresh grown produce, unique gifts, and yummy treats.
2552 Cemetery Rd NW, Oxford, IA 52322
If you’re looking for jars of blueberry, red raspberry spicy pear and peach jam, nearly every kind of produce grown in Iowa, including rhubarb, asparagus, green peppers and onions, as well as local butter, cheese meats and more from neighboring farms, Northern Ridge is your place. Northern Ridge also offers pick-your-own berries if you want to get out there and do it yourself.
The Big Apple Orchard
1115 Why 30 W, Mount Vernon, IA 52314
Take a short drive to Mount Vernon to visit The Big Apple Orchard this fall. You won’t have to worry about whether there will be enough apples – this family-run orchard has around 2,000 apple trees and 22 varieties of apples! Visit on the weekends to enjoy fresh apple donuts, turnovers and other delicious apple snacks.
Bart’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch
7307 Alburnett Rd, Marion, IA 52302
Find reasonably priced pumpkins of all sizes, cornstalk bundles, straw, ear corn and gourds at this family-owned pumpkin patch in Marion. Your kids will have plenty to do - there are hayrack rides, small pedal tractors and a small corn maze. Pony rides are available on Saturdays and Sundays from noon-4 p.m. for $7.
3260 69th St, Atkins, IA 52206
You’ll literally find it all at Bloomsbury Farm! Enjoy hayrack rides, the corn maze, kids’ activities, learning barn, a huge slide, haunted house, zip-line and more when you visit the farm, just a short drive from Cedar Rapids, in Atkins.
Bass Family Farms
840 Bass Lane, Mount Vernon, IA 52314
Kids can enjoy hayrack rides and pumpkin patch excursions while adults will find a large selection of vegetables at Bass Family Farms in Mount Vernon. They also offer a CSA program to those who are interested.
4823 Dingleberry Road NE, Iowa City, IA 52240
Stroll through the apple orchard and find apples that you enjoy. There are over 120 varieties of apples at the orchard, all ripening at different times throughout the season. Don’t forget to pick up all sorts of apple treats – apple turnovers, fresh apple cider, apple donuts and more – in the barn before you leave!
Colony Pumpkin Patch
2780 Front St NE, North Liberty, IA 52317
If you’re afraid of getting lost in the 10 acre corn maze, you can enjoy other less-spooky activities such as the barrel train, corn box, bounce pad, zip-line, hayrack rides and more. Choose a pumpkin to carve from their large pre-picked selection or explore the patch to find one yourself.
245 IA-1, Mount Vernon, IA 52314
Pull your wagon through the spooky graveyard and past the haunted old car or travel through the 3-acre corn maze. Check out the animals (kittens, ducks, rabbits, pigs, goats, cows and chickens) or shop the large selection of Indian corn, gourds and squash, straw bales, corn-shucks, and specialty pumpkins.
Sass Family Farm
3060 160th St., Riverside, IA 52327
Experience the relaxed country atmosphere at Sass Family Farm. Let the kids play in the sand box, the corn jump, the building block table, and on the swings while you shop for fresh produce, crafts and antiques. Kids can also see goats, horses, bunnies, sheep and llamas in the petting zoo.