Crisp air and leaves changing color all around the isthmus. Take a drive out of the city to a nearby farm. Apple picking, pumpkin patches and corn mazes await. Support local farms. Make lasting memories. And if your weekends are a little more open this fall, make a point to try them all.
Enchanted Valley Acres* – Cross Plains
When They're Open: Saturday/Sunday through November 1, Fridays in October and Thursday, October 22 and 29.
What You'll Find: Two giant slides, socially-distant wagon rides, eight acres of corn mazes celebrating 100 years of UW Health's American Family Children's Hospital, pumpkins (of course) and many more activities.
Know Before You Go: All activities are outdoor and open-air, hand sanitizer and/or sinks provided throughout and high touch areas frequently sanitized. Read more.
Schuster's Playtime Farm* – Deerfield
When They're Open: September 19 – November 1, all week.
What You'll Find: An eight-acre corn maze, 14 acres of pumpkins, barnyard animals and playspace for kids. At night, reserve a bonfire space or visit the Haunted Forest.
Know Before You Go: Reduced capacity, masks required and increased cleaning. More here.
Eplegaarden – Fitchburg
When They're Open: September and October (until it snows), Tuesday – Sunday.
What You'll Find: Selv Plukk (U-pick) fresh apples and pumpkins. Plus, fresh cider, caramel apples, apple cider donuts and tons of Norwegian influence.
Know Before You Go: Masks are required in store building and recommended in courtyard areas. Learn more.
Appleberry Farm – Cross Plains
When They're Open: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tuesday/Thursday hours TBD.
What You'll Find: Apple orchards and pumpkin fields. Farm store with fresh-pressed cider, jams, doughnuts and more. On weekends, enjoy grilled cider brats and hayrides.
Know Before You Go: Make online reservations to help limit the number of people at the farm. Face masks are required in the store building. More details here.
Treinen Farm – Lodi
When They're Open: Wednesday – Sunday, through November 9.
What You'll Find: Award-winning corn maze, named one of the best in the nation. This year’s theme: Water Bear Resilience. There’s also a smaller maze for younger kids. Plus, outdoor play areas, hiking trails, goats and plenty of pumpkins.
Know Before You Go: Advance ticket purchase and entry time reservations are required. Extended hours, masks required indoors and anywhere you are not able to maintain distance. More details here.
Eugster's Farm Market – Stoughton
When They're Open: Weekends September 21 through October 30.
What You'll Find: U-pick apples in the orchard throughout September, and fall festival activities and corn maze come October. Fresh produce, and a petting farm with goats, pigs, turkeys and activities for kids.
Know Before You Go: Online tickets are required for weekends. Eugster’s will limit the number of shoppers in the farm market and require masks indoors. Expect ice cream (and treats for the goats) to come prepackaged. More details here.
* denotes Destination Madison partner
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