Nothing says fall like a walk through a sunny orchard with your family to select the perfect pumpkin or fill your basket with ripe apples!
Get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather by visiting area you-pick pumpkin patches and apple orchards. Find the right one for you with this guide, brought to you by the Belin-Blank Center. The interactive map can help you scout locations, activities, and hours for local businesses, or find out which orchard has what you’re looking for by exploring the guide below.
Allen’s Orchard (Marion)
What’s Picking: You pick apples. Plums, grapes, pears, squash, beans, cherries may be available for purchase.
They also sell: Apple slushies, fresh produce, unique gifts, and scrumptious treats like donuts, turnovers, cookies, pies and caramel apples.
Hours: September-October Everyday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bart’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch (Marion)
What’s Picking: Pumpkins, gourds, corn on a rope, straw bales, corn stalk bundles
Other activities: petting barn, hayrides, horse rides, corn maze
Hours: M-F: 5 p.m.-dark, Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-dark.
Pony rides on weekends from noon-4 p.m.
Bass Farms (Mount Vernon)
What’s Picking: Farm-fresh, chemical-free pumpkins, vegetables, and flowers. Our Specialty Food Store also offers locally sourced and made sauces, jellies, jams, and honey! We also carry Iowa’s Finest, Edgewood Locker Meat products.
Other Activities: Local farm experiences: hayrack rides, pumpkin patch excursions, agri-tours offered May-October. Bass Farms is committed to sustainable agriculture, healthy living, community involvement, and education.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bloomsbury Farm (Atkins)
What’s Picking: Pre-picked pumpkins or 18 acres of you-pick pumpkin patch
They also sell: Admission to corn maze and other farm activities, baked goods, crafts
Other Activities: Bloomsbury Farm has everything! 2 corn mazes, paintball, pumpkin bowling, apple blasters, challenge area, tractor tire mountain, Lil’ Tykes Track, jumping pillow, Western Town, duck races, and MORE!
Hours: September 15-October 31: M-Sat: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Colony Pumpkin Patch (North Liberty)
What’s Picking: Pumpkins
They also sell: Baked goods, fall decor, and hay rides
10 acre Corn Maze, Barrel Train, Duck Races, Low Zip Line, Pumpkin Bounce House, Giant Bounce Pad, Corn Box, Play Area including swings, slides & games
Hours: M-F: 4-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kroul Farms (Mount Vernon)
What’s Picking: Pre-picked pumpkins of all sizes and kinds, Indian corn, gourds and squash, straw bales, corn-shucks, and specialty pumpkins are all available for your fall decorating projects and events.
They also sell: Firewood, eggs, hay, and straw available seasonally upon appointment or delivery set up. Please call 319-895-8944 or email [email protected]
Hours: M-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sand Road Orchard (Johnson County)
What’s Picking: You-pick organic blueberries (Blueberry season is usually in July)
They also sell: Seasonal produce, when available.
Hours: Daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. during blueberry season
Sass Family Farm (Johnson County)
What’s Picking: Pre-picked fall produce, pumpkins and gourds
They also sell: Crafts and antiques, fresh baked goods, jams & jellies, and fresh brown eggs.
Other activities: Hayrack rides, playground, tractor photo-ops, farm animal viewing zoo, bounce house, straw bale maze, “haunted” barn
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Wilson’s Orchard (Johnson County)
What’s Picking: You pick or pre-picked apples and pumpkins.
They also sell: Apple slushies, Heyn’s ice cream, apple cider donuts, apple turnovers, apple cider, canned goods, and baked goods. Blueberries, tart cherries, squash, and peaches are sometimes available for purchase.
Other Activities: Tractor rides on Bessie
Hours: Daily August-October 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more festive fall fun and seasonal events, check out our Ultimate Guide to Fall in Iowa City!
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