Guide to Iowa City Area Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches

Get outside and enjoy the wonderful fall weather by visiting Iowa City area pumpkin patches and apple orchards! Use this guide to find your next family fall field trip. It includes an interactive map to scout locations, activities, and hours for local businesses. May your apple cider donuts be warm and the pumpkins you’re lugging back to the family car be light.

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Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches in the Iowa City AreaPlease note that some Iowa City area apple orchards and pumpkin patches have COVID-19 safety requirements. It’s always best to call ahead if you have questions about masking, social distancing, or anything else!


Iowa City Area Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches

Map: Guide to Pumpking Patches and Apple Orchards in the Iowa City area.
Map: Guide to Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards in the Iowa City area.

Allen’s Orchard (Marion)

COVID-19: Masks are required. Tractor rides and playground equipment are closed.

Special Events in September:

  • September 18: Cedar Rapids Farmers Market and Apfelfest in Amana
  • September 25: Cedar Rapids Market After Dark

What’s Picking: You pick apples. Plums, grapes, pears, squash, beans, and cherries may be available for purchase
They also sell: Apple slushies and baked goods
Hours: September – October

  • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday/Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Bass Farms (Mount Vernon)

COVID-19: Pre-screening questions are required.

Fall Events: Fall Festival 2021 runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • September 18-19: Opening Weekend
  • September 25-26
  • October 2-3
  • October 9-10
  • October 16-17
  • October 23-24
  • October 30-31
  • Farm Glow: September 25 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (rain date October 2)

What’s Picking: Pumpkins
They also offer: Hayrack Rides and Agri-Tours
Hours: May 1st – October 31

  • Tuesday- Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Bloomsbury Farm (Atkins)

COVID-19: Masks encouraged when social distancing is not possible

Events: 

  • Harvest Festival: September 30 – October 31, Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

What’s Picking: Pre-picked sunflowers and pumpkins
They also sell: Admission to a corn maze, other farm activities, baked goods, and crafts
Hours: September 12 – October 31

  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily

Colony Pumpkin Patch (North Liberty)

COVID-19: Masks are required when social distancing is not possible

What’s Picking: Pumpkins
They also offer: A flashlight maze (Fridays and Saturdays in October), baked goods, fall decor, and hay rides
Hours: September 18 – October 30

  • Monday – Friday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday/Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Kroul Farms (Mount Vernon)

What’s Picking: Pumpkins
They also offer: A three-acre corn maze and spooky graveyard
Hours: Check website for updates


Sass Family Farm (Johnson County)

What’s Picking: Pre-picked fall produce
They also offer: Farm activities, treats, crafts, and hayrack rides
Hours: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., daily


Wilson’s Orchard (Johnson County)

COVID-19: Masks required when social distancing is not possible

Events:

  • Yoga at the Orchard Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • ICPL Book Mobile Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
  • Live Music Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

What’s Picking: You-pick apples and pumpkins, along with blueberries, tart cherries, pumpkins, squash, and peaches. Check the website for availability.
They also offer: Apple slushies, Heyn’s ice cream, tractor rides on Bessie, smokehouse lunch/dinner, and baked goods.
Hours: August-October

  • Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
We hope you enjoy visiting Iowa City area apple orchards and pumpkin patches throughout the fall with your family! Happy picking!

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Kate is the mom to Jack (2006), Liz (2007), and Alice (2011) and an avid Cubs fan through marriage. She's an assistant professor of mathematics and STEM education at St. Ambrose University and also moonlights as a mathematics teacher at South East Junior High in Iowa City. Between soccer, running club, tumbling, and piano lessons she likes to cook, run, and do yoga. She's also a sucker for 5Ks with cool swag and awesome medals.

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