It’s the Great Local Pumpkin Patch, Oswego!
Few things feel more like fall than a sprawling patch of big pumpkins. We’ve been growing pumpkins since the 1800s, when our ancestors fed their livestock with them for their high potassium and vitamin A.
To make sure your pumpkin-picking is ready for the season, we plant our seeds at the end of May. After a good rain, small pumpkin plants soon become visible. By mid-July, lush orange pumpkin flowers are beginning to blossom.
Next, our resident honeybees as well as wild bees pollinate the flowers. When they leave the pumpkin patch, their bodies are coated with the orange pollen, making them look like flying Cheetos!
Once the pumpkins start growing, most are green. They then ripen into a vibrant orange. Because we produce a variety of pumpkins, ours have differing colors, shapes and sizes. This offers you a lot of choices for carving an original jack ‘o lantern.
We’re picky about picking, so we inspect and select each pumpkin by hand. We know better than machines do which ones are the most worthy for sharing with you!
You can purchase our pre-picked pumpkins (priced by the pound) at any of our local farmstands:
You can also pick your own pumpkins in our huge Oswego pumpkin patch. Aside from enjoying your choice of small, medium or big pumpkins, you get to take each one home with part of the vine still attached, giving it that fresh-from-the-field look you just can’t find at a store.
Get our special pumpkin and pumpkin seed recipes on Pinterest too! Here’s one of our favorites to get you started:
Roasted Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds
2. Spread seeds out on a jelly roll pan to dry them completely.
3. Preheat oven to 275°.
4. Combine margarine, salt, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce and pumpkin seeds.
5. Mix thoroughly and place in a shallow baking dish.
6. Bake for one hour, stirring occasionally. Makes 2 cups.
2018 Pumpkin-Picking Hours
Monday–Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm
Starting September 8
9am to 6pm daily
The pumpkin patch is at our Oswego farm only. We do not charge a fee to enter it. Just grab a wheelbarrow and head to the patch! (Please arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time to allow enough time for picking.) U-pick pumpkins are priced by the pound at our farmstand.
Look for pumpkins with a hard stem and no soft spots. Tap the pumpkin gently with your hand – if you hear a thud, it’s ready for picking!
- Thanks to its large pumpkin-processing facility, Morton, Illinois, is the pumpkin capital of the world.
- Pumpkins are 90% water, so they like dry conditions!
Please note: Pets and any form of smoking, including e-cigarettes, are prohibited in the patch. You are welcome to smoke in your car.