Autumn is calling at these Heartland pumpkin patches

Say hello to fall with a pick of the patch

Say hello to fall with a pick at one of these patches!

It’s officially pumpkin season.

Head to any one of these Heartland fall destinations to find your perfect gourd.


Missouri Pumpkin Patches

Knowlan Family Farm, Burfordville
Perryville Pumpkin Farm, Hwy E in Perryville
Beggs Family Farm, Blodgett
Grace Methodist Church, Cape Girardeau
Dunlap Pumpkin Farm, Wappapello exit near the intersection of Hwy. 60 and AA near Poplar Bluff


Illinois

Bandy’s Pumpkin Patch, Johnston City
Rendleman Orchards, Alto Pass
Organ Farms, McLeansboro
Marlow’s Pumpkin Patch, east of Mt. Vernon
Eckert’s, Millstadt


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Arkansas

Pumpkin Hollow, Piggott, 7 miles west of Campbell, Mo.


Kentucky

Wurth Farms, Paducah
A-Maize-ing Farms, Mayfield


Many of the patches listed above also have fun activities like mazes and games for the kids.

Before you go…

If you’re heading out into the field to pick a pumpkin, remember to wear comfortable walking shoes.

It’s a field, so the ground will likely be uneven.

If you plan to carve your pumpkin, keep that in mind while you’re choosing.

You’ll want a pumpkin that has a relatively smooth surface.

A carving pumpkin should also be dense. If it’s too thin, it may fall apart during carving.

Further, if you are cutting the pumpkin from the patch, cut the vine farther from the pumpkin to leave as much stem as possible. That should help your pumpkin last longer.

Finally, don’t use the stem as a handle! If it breaks, you’ll leave a hole in the pumpkin which can lead to rot.

Tips for those visiting the patch with little ones: try to go when there are fewer people to make it easier on you and your child.

Experts say that crowds are smaller early in the season, so the sooner you head to the patch, the better!

There are plenty of events going on around the Heartland to help you welcome Autumn with open arms.

2018 Fall Events in the Heartland