Embracing Fall

Pumpkins, cider, apples and pie.

Jackets, boots and family.

Animals, leaves and scarecrows.

These are just some of the words that sum up the splendid pumpkin patches around the Quad Cities area.

There is nothing more fun that gathering up the kids on a weekend afternoon and heading out to find the perfect pumpkin to put into the perfect Halloween Jack-O-Lantern or fall décor. Heck, it is even fun college! Even though, we’re are nearly 20, several of my friends and I channeled our inner kids at heart and headed out to the farms one Friday afternoon off. And in the QC area, you have fantastic patches to choose from.

Country Corner (Alpha, Illinois)

With locally grown foods, corn mazes, farm animals, playgrounds and pumpkins galore, Country Corner is open seven days a week from 9 A.M. – 7 P.M. (M-S). The best part? It’s free to all! Season ends on Saturday.

Buffalo Pumpkin Patch (Buffalo, Iowa)

Tractor-pulled hayrides are a must when going to pick out your pumpkins. Buffalo Pumpkin Patch has it all seven days a week! This lovely place is open 10 A.M. – 6P.M. on the weekends and 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. on the weekdays. Season ends on Saturday.

Happy Hollow U-Pick Farm (East Moline, Illinois)

There is nothing like the taste of freshly grown fruits and vegetables. And when you can get that with a pumpkin? Priceless. Head on over to the Happy Hollow U-Pick Farm in East Moline to stock up your kitchen and your Halloween décor. Hours are typically 8:30 A.M. – 5 P.M. Monday through Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. Season ends on Saturday.

So embrace the season and head out to support our local pumpkin patches!

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About the author

Katy Williams Henderson A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a Preschool through 4th Grade ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She is working on a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her husband and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU and now for The Princeton Review's Tutor.com.

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