Celebrating Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Week

Corn, crops, and countryside, oh my! Have you ever drank beer at a 150-year old farm? Petted an oxen? Picked apples amongst the orchards? Or gotten lost in a corn maze? Well, get to Walworth County and experience all that and more during Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Week, September 27th through Sunday, October 3rd! We’ve rounded up the our top six agricultural attractions and events here in Walworth County for you to discover and celebrate where food comes from. Check them out:

Get Lost in the Fields at Pearce’s Farm Stand Corn Maze

Whether you’ve been visiting Pearce’s Farm Stand since the early days of 1967 or are just visiting the farm for the day, start a new family tradition this fall and get lost in the Corn Maze! Each year, Pearce’s Farm Stand creates amazing mazes that often win national awards! Farmer Bob and his wife Mary Ann invite you to the Farm this Fall and enjoy all the activities they have to offer including Jumping Haystacks, Human Hamster Wheel, and of course freshly made treats and eats! Pearce’s Farm Stand is open daily with Corn Maze hours limited to Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Apple Picking at Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

It wouldn’t be fall without a trip to the orchards at The Apple Barn! Head out into the trees and pick a bushel (or a peck!) with the whole family. Anticipated to be ready to munch on by September, the variety of apples available are picked at the peak of perfection. Plan your strawberry-picking adventure at www.AppleBarnOrchardAndWinery.com. Be sure to snack on a freshly baked cider donut and sip on house made fruit wines!

Learn Something New at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

Try your hand at becoming a farmer in your own backyard with helpful tips and tricks from the pros! Head to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and learn all about sustainable agriculture, conservation, and what you can do at home to better the environment through planting sustainable crops and plants. Throughout the summer, drop in on At Home Composting Lessons, Garden Planning, and Pollinator Protection Workshops on select dates.

Shop Local, Eat Local! Visit a Local Farmers Market

Farm fresh food and other finds await you across Walworth County at local farmer’s markets! Beginning in early May and lasting into the late fall, farmers markets and set up shop fully stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats, cheeses, jellies, honey, and even flowers and plants. With markets happening almost every day of the week, there is no shortage of fresh original flavors and experiences. Come on out and support your local farmers and shop local. For a full listing of Walworth County Farmers Markets, click here.

From Farm To Glass: Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company

Set on a 150-year old family farm, Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company in Elkhorn is not your typical craft brewery! With a passion for the land and sourcing local ingredients, head-brewer Ben Johnson, infuses every brew with tons of local flavor. Duesterbeck’s Brewing Co. only uses Wisconsin grown hops and barley and uses ingredients like honey from hives at Henningfeld Honey and fruits from Apple Barn Orchard and Winery. If you stop by, make sure to ask your beertender about the history behind the red barn!

For more information and ag-spiration for this Agricultural Tourism Week head to our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

Pumpkin Pickin’: Our Guide to Pumpkin Patches in Walworth County

Its time to hit the pumpkin patches here in Walworth County! Whether you’re in search of the biggest one perfect for a spooky carving or one to make grandma’s famous pumpkin pie, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy the power of the pumpkin.  Check out these pumpkin Patches offering pick-your-own pumpkins, corn mazes, tractor rides, and more.

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

W6384 Sugar Creek Rd., Elkhorn, WI 53121
Hours: Saturday 10am-6pm and
Sunday 11am-5pm

The Apple Barn Pumpkin Patch Opens October 2nd! Grab a red wagon and head on over to the Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy the crisp fall air while you snack on treats from local food trucks. While you’re here, check in with your Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail Passport and receive $1 off any bottle of wine! Sign up for free at Explore.VisitWalworthCounty.com.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard

15908 Hebron Rd., Harvard, IL 60033
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday-Sunday 10am-6pm

Roam the Pumpkin Patch at Royal Oak Farm and pick your gourds, squash, and pumpkins. After you’ve selected your prized pumpkin, enjoy the many activities perfect for all ages across the farm. Roam the world’s only apple tree maze Amazin’-Apples, meet fuzzy farm animals at the petting zoo, and top the day off by treating yourself to one of their famous apple cider donuts!

Pearce’s Farm Stand

W5740 North Walworth Road, Walworth, WI 53184
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm

Head to Pearce’s Farm Stand for a day of fall fun! Choose your pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, get lost in their famous corn maze, and play on the farm equipment, jumping bales, and slide! You can also pick up locally grown produce perfect for making your favorite fall meals.

We hope you find the perfect pumpkin at one of these fantastic farms this fall! Don’t forget to share with us your finished product on our Facebook page to be featured in an upcoming post. For more Autumn Activities, check out our Event Calendar on our website. Happy Picking!

What’s Up This Weekend in Walworth County | September 24th-26th

Always Patsy Cline Presented by the Lakeland Players

A musical tribute to a country-western legend comes to life as the Lakeland Players present Always Patsy Cline, opening Friday, September 24th. Licensed by the family and the estate of Patsy Cline, the show celebrates the life and legacy of one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century. Get your tickets for opening weekend by calling 262-723-4848 or online at www.lakeland-players.org.

Harvest at Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

Join Kettle Moraine Land Trust and Geneva Lake Conservancy for a seed-collection outing to Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in celebration of 2021 Land Trust Days! Volunteers from throughout the Hackmatack region will be on hand to harvest native prairie seeds under the guidance of professional staff from Kettle Moraine Land Trust and Geneva Lake Conservancy. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes or boots, and a sun hat. Please bring your own seed collection bag (a reusable grocery bag is fine) and your own water. Seeds collected there during the Land Trust Days event will be turned over to the US Fish & Wildlife Service for native species enrichment within the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.

2021 Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase

Calling all 2022, 2023, and beyond brides! Step aboard the Lake Geneva Cruise Line fleet decorated by top wedding professionals and discover local vendors, planners, and premier partners to help make your wedding day the day of your dreams. The 2021 Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase takes place, Sunday, September 26th on the Riviera Docks.

For information on these events and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/Events. Enjoy your weekend here in Walworth County.