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Pumpkin Overload!!!
October 6, 2008, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Shopping

Trunk Full-O-Pumpkins

With the combination of it being the first weekend in October and an obligation free Saturday, April and I headed out to Kuiper’s Family Farm located in Maple Park, Illinois.  The Kuipers first opened their 71 acre pumpkin farm to the public 10 years ago, back in 1998.  So while they have most likely been in the pumpkin business longer than that, their goods were most likely being sold to the public through somebody else.  Their decision to make their selling experience something that was more local and accessible really seems to have paid off.  In their own words they hoped “families would enjoy the simple pleasures of a fall day spent on a beautiful Midwest farm”  Their hopes seem to have been fulfilled.  People came to spend a fall day, and now they’re comin in droves.  It may not have been this way when they first started, but 10 years later it is a burgeoning business that features a U-Pick pumpkin patch, a U-Pick Apple Orchard (featuring more than 20 kinds of apples), a Corn Maze (which was much harder than I had anticipated), a Barn area with animal petting and feeding areas, hay wagon rides, giant tire pile for climbing and countless other children’s activities, plus 2 stores which sell pumpkins and apples directly without having to pick your own.  And if going now isn’t enough, you can go back in 2 months and cut down your own Christmas tree.   The parking lot on the day that we attended, (which was a Saturday around 2PM) had at least 300 cars in it.  Families were shuffling back and forth across the road from the Pumpkin Farm to the Apple Orchard.  The place was packed.  

The Pumpkin Farm serves up a large variety of pumpkins (both edible and ornamental) , squashes and guords for the fall and Halloween season.  We purchased seemingly at least one of every kind, and this is only the more unusual ones Kuipers has to offer.

What are you doing this Halloween?   Maybe you too should head out to Kuipers and pick up some pumpkins.  Of course no one will give you a hard time if you don’t purchase quite as many as we did 🙂


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