We’re excited for you to visit our family farm! This is truly a working farm on the Illinois prairie, so it gets windy, can be dusty, and we absolutely live by the weather. Over the years, we’ve discovered what works best for us, and our visitors. Take a look through the FAQs to answer some questions about your visit that you might have.
- What kind of payment do you accept? We take cash and checks at every location, and VISA/Mastercard at Admission, Checkout, The Sweet Shop, The Bridle Shop gift shop, The Pumpkin Eatery, and The Homestead Bakery. We do not have an ATM on site.
- What is the price range for pumpkins? Our pumpkins are 33¢ per pound. We have all sizes and all prices ranging from $1 for Jack Be Littles (a baby pumpkin) to $20 for Prizewinners (80+ lb. pumpkins). We also carry unique squash and gourds of all varieties that are priced per piece.
- Do you offer a military discount? We want to thank you for your service. If you show your military ID, we would like to welcome you and your immediate family onto our family farm with free admission.
- Do I have to pay admission if I only want to buy a pumpkin? If you only want to buy a pumpkin, we have a few varieties available on the porch of The Homestead Bakery, and there is no admission charge.
- Do you offer bulk discounts or wholesale pumpkins? We do not sell our produce wholesale.
- Can we rent the pumpkin patch? Great question! Next question! Seriously though, this is something we have been working on and discussing as a family. We have hosted corporate events and birthday parties and in the off season have rented out the 2-Mile Sweet Shop. Please call us if you have something in mind, we can talk about it and hopefully work something out.
For your Convenience:
- Do you have restrooms? Public restrooms are available at The Patch and are conveniently located near eating areas. There are also restrooms in the parking lot south of The Homestead Bakery.
- Where do we park? Enter the farm at the Easternmost entrance and follow the signs to over 5 acres of parking (it may be in the bean field, but we will make room for you!!).
- Can we leave and come back? Yes you can! We’ll stamp your hand to let our admissions staff know that you’ll be back.
- Is the farm wheelchair accessible? While we certainly have areas that are covered in grass, wood chips, and gravel, we have also made concrete paths to certain high traffic areas and have ramps to our buildings with stairs, such as our 2-Mile Sweet Shop and historic one-room schoolhouse. We also have wheelchairs available to guests that might need them. We have reserved parking spaces by Admission for persons with handicapped parking permits.
“Can I Bring . . . ?”
- How long should we allow for a visit and what should we bring with us? Depending on how much time you spend at each activity, you could easily spend from 2-3 hours to all day. We suggest you bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a camera, and clothing appropriate for the weather. We have several hundred wagons available for your use, but on a busy day, they may all be in the patch. Feel free to bring your own wagon or stroller for the kids and remember, you’re at the farm. If it’s rained recently, it could be muddy.
- Do you have wagons that people can use while visiting your farm? We have several hundred wagons available for your use, but on a busy day, they may all be in the patch. Feel free to bring your own wagon or stroller for the kids
- May we bring our own food and drink? Yes you can—we have picnic tables available in the Taste of the Patch for your use. We do have food and drinks available for purchase at the farm as well. Please keep in mind that alcohol is prohibited at The 200 Acres.
- Are dogs allowed? Your dog is allowed at The Patch as long they are good-natured, can handle crowds, don’t bite or bark at others and are in good health. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and please clean up after your pet immediately. One dog per person please.
- Can we bring a professional photographer to the pumpkin patch for family photos or wedding/engagement photos? We do allow photographers with paid admission. Please call ahead and let us know ahead of time and keep in mind that our farm is open to the public.
Farm Questions (And all other questions):
- How should I store my pumpkins? If you would like to keep your pumpkins to eat all winter long like we do, they should be stored in a cool, dry place (like a heated garage or basement or even your pantry). We like to keep ours out and on display- try the mantel or dining room table. We have even kept them through August before.
- Are you organic? No, we are not organic. However, we do take into consideration when, why and what we are spraying for. We spray sparingly to kill pests (even using a plane when the vines get to large to drive through), but do not spray fungicides as many pumpkin farmers do. We spray as little as we can and still produce a high quality squash.
- What is a cucurbit anyway? It’s just a fancy botanical term for vining plants, which include pumpkins, squash, gourds, melons, cucumbers, and even luffas.
- What’s an heirloom? A generic definition is that an heirloom vegetable is a variety that has been grown year after year and has been seed saved to maintain the genetics and is over 50 years old.
- Can I save my seed from my fruit I bought at TGPP? The answer is you could however the chances that it will produce the same variety of fruit are slim to none. The fruit, more than likely, got cross-pollinated by bees with another variety’s pollen thereby having different genes than the purchased parent.
- Are you open on rainy days? Yes we are! It takes quite a massive storm for us to shut down, but if you want to make sure, feel free to call us! We also try to keep our Facebook page up-to-date, so please follow us on Facebook!
- When is the least busy time to visit? Monday through Friday is a good time to visit if you want to avoid crowds, and field trips usually come in the mornings, Tuesday-Friday. The weekends surrounding and including Columbus Day weekend are our busiest time.
- Can we feed the animals? For the safety of you and our animals, we do not allow customers to feed or pet our animals.
- Is smoking allowed at the Patch? For the safety (we have a lot of straw and it is flammable) and comfort of all of our guests, we do not allow smoking on our farm.