It’s officially fall; my absolute favorite time of year! Fall brings beautiful colors, farmers in the field, football games, fresh apples, sweatshirt weather, spicy aromas of yummy food (I have pear crisp in the oven right now, and my house smells wonderful!), and of course, pumpkins! I’ve had several people ask me about pumpkin patches this year, so I’ve compiled a list of 10 must-see pumpkin patches in Northwest Iowa. We’ve only been to a few of these, so I am relying on word of mouth for the others! I hope you have a wonderful time creating memories and finding the perfect pumpkin this fall!
1. Hawk Valley Garden, Spencer, Iowa
Pumpkins of every shape and size can be found at Hawk Valley Garden! The pumpkins are pre-picked and are artfully displayed. The Squash Shack on the grounds houses over 30 varieties of winter and summer squash. Chickens, ducks, and turkeys also call this place home and are a highlight with the kids! Our family has visited this quaint garden twice. If you are looking to find pumpkins for cooking, decorating, or carving and don’t need all the extras (hayrides, corn maze, etc) this is an excellent place to stop. It was perfect for small children!
4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 2670 Highway 18, Spencer, Iowa. For more information, find Hawk Valley Garden on Facebook or call 712-363-1587.
2. Hoefling’s Pumpkin Patch, Marcus, Iowa
Travel through the Corn Maze, play pumpkin bowling, shell corn with the hand corn sheller, go for a hay ride, and enjoy picking out some pumpkins! You can choose from more than 15 varieties of pumpkins, 50 different kinds of gourds, broom corn, popcorn and decorative dried wheat. Be sure to stop at the gift shop for gifts and baked goods!
4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the corner of C38 and L36, south of Marcus, Iowa. For more information, find the Hoefling Pumpkin Patch on Facebook or call 712-290-3329.
3. Uncle LeRoy’s Pumpkin Patch, Denison, Iowa
There is something for everyone at this pumpkin patch including hay rides, petting zoo, corn maze, haunted house, concessions, jumping toys, crafts, and a tee-pee. Admission is $5, children 2 and under are free. New this year is a hand-built play hive (looks like a bee hive) for young children.
Closed Monday thru Wednesday, 3 p.m. to dark Thursday and Friday, noon to dark Saturday and Sunday. One mile south of Denison, Iowa on Highway 59. For more information, find the Uncle LeRoy’s Pumpkin Patch on Facebook or call 712-263-5067 or 712-263-6063 or 712-269-0193.
4. Solsma’s Pumpkin Patch, Sanborn, Iowa
There’s more than pumpkins at this patch! Fall produce, gourmet popcorn, a corn maze and country store stocked with goods are just a few of the things you’ll find. Cost for the maze is $5 a person, strollers are free. Fire pits are available, so bring your own hot dogs and marshmallows for an extra special experience!
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 6190 320th St., Sanborn, Iowa. For more information, visit their website or call 712-729-3174.
5. Harvest Hollow Pumpkin Farm, LeMars, Iowa
This family-friendly pumpkin patch features a corn maze, haunted cemetery, enchanted trail, spook house, petting zoo, games of giant chess and checkers, horse-drawn wagon rides and pumpkins. Admission is $7 per person, children 3 and younger are free.