Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Great Pumpkin Patch, Arthur

It has been 10 years since I've been to The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur and it has grown from a quaint family farm operation to a huge agri-tourism attraction. It is easy to find, a couple miles directly south of Arthur with large signs pointing the way from highway 133. It's open daily from 9-6 with $3 admission for visitors over 12 years old, $1 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5.
The Great Pumpkin Patch has by far the largest selection of pumpkins, squashes, and gourds of any pumpkin patch we've been to.
Many displays have cooking information so you know what to do with your purchases. I can see how a novice cook would be intimidated by some of the unusual squash varieties.


The great wall of cucurbits. What a display! Don't. Touch. Anything.
Noah's Ark of cucurbits. See the pumpkins going two by two?Pumpkins of the world. Gourd mountain. This pile was probably 15 feet high.Lots of animals to check out too. Chickens, rabbits, chickens, llamas, chickens, sheep and more chickens.

As far as prices go, the jack-o-lantern pumpkins were more expensive than the other two pumpkin patches we've been to this fall but the giant pumpkins were a bargain. The 100 pound pumpkins were only $20. There were two straw mazes, a corn maze, a hay rack ride, a one room school house museum, a haunted barn, a children's garden, and food vendors. We spent several hours wandering around and playing at the Great Pumpkin Patch. We came home with a tall skinny pumpkin to complement the three other pumpkins we've gotten so far. Surprisingly, the Great Pumpkin Patch accepts Visa and Mastercards at the check out. Afterwards we went into Arthur to have phosphate sodas at Dick's Pharmacy and buy yummy Amish cheese.

5 comments:

Mrs. Chicken said...

How far is Arthur from Chambana? This looks cool ... and now that it isn't 1,000 degrees it might be fun ...

Henny Penny said...

Less than an hour. You'd take I 57 past Tuscola down to the Arcola exit and go west a little ways to Arthur.

Katherine said...

That looks like fun! We'll still get our pumpkin from Curtis Orchard I'm sure (family tradition that started long before our little family existed) but maybe we'll head out there when I'm back on my feet.

lbotp said...

Oh my goodness. I heart Dick's Pharmacy. Best chocolate milkshake ever. I've been meaning to get down to the patch, too. We'll see if it happens this year -- might be better next.

Henny Penny said...

And the Great Pumpkin Patch pumpkin is the only one which has begun rotting 1 1/2 weeks for Halloween. It was also the most expensive pumpkin.