Pumpkin Patch Opens Up for the Season - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Pumpkin Patch Opens Up for the Season

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Ron Marasco

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The last day of summer meant the first day of the season for Patch's Pumpkins and Honey Farm.

"It's all about families and kids, and that's most of what the activities are," said owner Cary Knight.

Those activities include but are not limited to tractor rides, petting farm animals and rubber duck races.

"We are all loving it," said Resa Eckhart of Urbandale.  "We researched pumpkin patches on the Internet and this one came up, and it looked awesome.  So yea, we're here and we didn't even know it was opening day."

"We really enjoy this sort of thing," said Jeremy Uttecht, who drove an hour and 20 minutes from  Jewell, IA just to visit the pumpkin patch.  "It's good for the kids to get out and be able to touch things and run around and get dirty."

One place you might get dirty, and a little frustrated is the corn maze.  Last year it had all straight paths.  Not this year.

"This year it's (the shape of) Patch," said Knight.  "Patch is the scarecrow for Patch's Pumpkins. So everything's curved, and you think it's hard to remember was I on this curve?  Was I on that curve?"

After 45 minutes, Uttecht and his family finally made it through all the curves.

"We only cheated once," said a tongue-in-cheek Uttecht.

Pumpkin patch goers should also be on the lookout for honey while they're there.  Several hives produce dozens of pounds of pure honey regularly.

"I love working with the bees, said Knight.  'I love going out seeing what they're doing and harvesting the honey and being out in the field."

Patch's Pumpkin and Honey Farm is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.  Knight said people come from as far away as the Quad Cities, Omaha, Northern Missouri and even Minnesota to visit the farm.

"People come back year after year," said Knight.  "Once they've come once, they just love to come back."

And of course the one thing they come back for is picking up that Halloween pumpkin.

"We're definitely going to pick a pumpkin out of the patch," said Uttecht.  "We'll do that last so we don't have to carry it."

Knight says visitors to the patch really picks up around mid–October before tapering off as we get closer to Halloween.

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