Haunted Listings: Pumpkins & Mazes

where to find this year's big orange fruit

Fields of Pumpkins Route 1 Box S15966, Mondovi • 834-7556 • Their name says it all, pumpkins! And they have fields of the crazy orange things. Pick your own out of a massive five-acre patch. Also get some organically grown produce; the corn, squash, and hordes of gourds are just waiting for you. Hayrides and bonfires available (call ahead to schedule an event). Open most days 9am-5pm and by appointment.

Govin’s Meats & Berries N 6134 670th St, Menomonie • 231-2377 • www.govinsmeatsandberries.com Govin’s offers a plethora of pumpkin picking pleasure on their three acres of festive patches, and a selection of pre-picked ones if you prefer the easy way. One thing that won’t be easy is finding your way out of their new corn maze. Eight acres are dedicated to a Packers versus Vikings-themed labyrinth, which can earn you a dollar off if you wear either team’s apparel. (Ages 13 and up $7, ages 6-12 $5, ages 5 and under are free!) Think it’s tricky in the daylight? This maze is open until 10pm, so bring a flashlight if you’re scared of the dark. Open Fridays 4-10pm, Saturdays 10am-10pm, Sundays 10am-4pm.

Hawkins’ Hollow 8966 County Hwy X West, Chippewa Falls • 720-0192 or 726-9926 • Get lost in the Hawkins’ 10-acre corn maze, but not for too long, or you will miss out on building your own scarecrow, the petting zoo, and more. Whether you come just for the activities, or specifically for a prize-winning pumpkin to turn into a jack-o-lantern, they have it covered. They also have a variety of country gifts, corn stalk bundles, gourds, and straw bails. Horse-drawn wagon rides on Saturday and Sunday, starting at noon. Open Fridays 1pm-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm. Call to make weekday group appointments.

Pleasant Valley Tree Farm N7240 810th St., Elk Mound • 879-5179 • www.pleasantvalleytree.com • Have you ever seen a pumpkin get shot out of a canon and fly hundreds of feet to its doom? If not, get to the Pleasant Valley Fall Harvest ASAP! They also have a sweet corn maze, petting zoo, kid play areas, wagon rides, the Spooky Ridge Trail and more. Get a pumpkin to carve, or any other kind of gourd you could think of. They offer other kinds of fall produce as well. Also check out home décor and gourmet foods in their country store before you leave.

Schultz’s Country Barn 50996 N. Main St., Eleva • 287-4684 • www.schultzscountrybarn.comGet back to your roots with some fancy fall gourds! The Schultz’s Country Store offers a variety of festive fall decorations, a bundle of pre-picked pumpkins and much more. If you still feel like picking your own, the horse-drawn wagon rides will stop by the patch on Saturdays from noon to four. Their giant corn maze is open through Halloween; this year’s theme is a tribute to our military. (Adults $7, children $5, four and younger free as are all military veterans.) Partial proceeds go to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 5:30pm.

Farmers markets & roadside shops When looking for the perfect pumpkin, sometimes you don’t need to go out and find it; it may just come to you. Check out local farmers markets and roadside stands when you can, because they will be selling all kinds of fall produce throughout the Chippewa Valley.

Bushel and a Peck Market 18444 Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls • 723-0133 // Class Apple 5198 Sunset View Drive, Eau Claire • 834-9060 // Connell’s Orchard 19372 Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls • 723-5119 // Eau Claire Orchards 6470 Balsam Road, Eau Claire • 839-8370 • www.eauclaireorchards.com // Hillview Farm E6198 Hickory Road, Eau Claire • 878-4526 • www.apples4u.net // John McIlquham Orchard, LLC Corner of County Hwy J & County Hwy K, Chippewa Falls • 720-1663 • www.autumnharvestwinery.com // Lowes Creek Tree Farm S9475 Lowes Creek Road, Eleva • (888) 878-4166 • www.lowescreektreefarm.com // Schaefer’s Orchard Run 1726 County Hwy K, Chippewa Falls • 723-8865 // White Oak Farms W2369 Maple Road, Eau Claire • 834-0998