Everything You Need From A Pumpkin Patch And More

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Farm Focus: Heiser’s Farm
By Kelly Romo, Contributing Writer

Fall is upon us, and with that comes the iconic scent of pumpkin spice and the excitement of pumpkin patches. One pumpkin patch that is a must-visit is Heiser Farms, which has been a family tradition for twenty-eight years. The farm hosts an array of activities and events perfect for kids and families. Whether you’re seeking quality family time, an adrenaline-pumping adventure, or a relaxing day listening to music, Heiser Farms is the place to create unforgettable memories this fall season.

Pumpkins and Fall Décor

A variety of Pumpkins at the pumpkin patch

Heiser Farms’ pumpkin patch offers a selection of 15 Martha Stewart-worthy varieties of pumpkins. Beyond the traditional orange, you’ll find red, white, blue, and even pink pumpkins, along with the distinctive warty ones. The farm also sells gourds, ornamental corn, and straw bales for that rustic fall decor. Whether you’re looking to decorate your porch or simply pick out the perfect pumpkin, Heiser Farms has everything you need to make your autumn truly spectacular.

Activities, Events & Music

People on a Pumpkin Train

The farm hosts a variety of activities for kids and families, including a hayride, a hay maze, and a petting zoo. Additionally, fire engine rides, pedal tractors, and various games cater to the adventurous spirit of young visitors. Adding to the charm is the Grand Island Railroad, a rideable train inspired by a neighborhood train enthusiast. This blend of entertainment and farm life embodies the Heiser family’s philosophy: “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it at a pumpkin patch.” During the lunch hour every Saturday and Sunday in October, the farm resonates with live Bluegrass performances for guests to enjoy while dining at the picnic tables arranged around the stage. This unique blend of music and dining offers a memorable weekend experience amidst the rustic charm of the farm. Apart from the regular attractions, the farm hosts special events, such as a Demolition Derby, where cannons fire pumpkins at old cars until they are reduced to rubble, and a Fireman Water Ball Contest, where local fire departments compete by shooting water at a ball in a bid to move it in the opponent’s direction.

Food and Drink

Pumpkin Patch Goers Enjoying The Sun

Be sure not to miss the homemade Kettle Corn, perfectly popped for your pleasure, and indulge in the warmth of a hot apple cider. Guests can enjoy a wide array of culinary delights courtesy of Heiser Farms’ own kitchen and various local food trucks. The wine and beer garden offers special selections from McMinnville’s renowned Golden Valley Brewery.

Breast Cancer Pink Tractor

Pumpkin Patch Cancer Awareness Pink Tractor

Heiser Farms proudly features a pink tractor that symbolizes its commitment to charitable causes. The Heiser family initiated this when a previous pink tractor fundraiser for breast cancer concluded. They painted their own tractor and continued the cause close to their hearts, as family member Kristi is a survivor. Visitors can purchase a pink t-shirt or contribute by firing a cannon for a $10 fee, with all proceeds going to a local breast cancer foundation in McMinnville.

Heiser Farms is not just a pumpkin patch; it’s a symbol of community spirit and a center for fall activities. Its unique offerings, from the vast array of pumpkins and flavorful food options to the symbolic pink tractor, reflect the farm’s commitment to creating an unforgettable experience for visitors while championing a cause that is dear to their hearts. Whether you’re seeking the perfect pumpkin, a unique experience, or an opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause, Heiser Farms is the place to be this fall season.

For more information about the events, attractions and schedules, visit their official website at heiserfarms.com. Be sure to also like and follow them on Facebook for the latest updates, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and community interaction. The pumpkin patch opens every Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 through the end of October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 21425 SE Grand Island Loop, Dayton.