Farm-fresh fun is popular in the Arizona autumn, when the air turns crisp and the leaves turn color. Spend a day celebrating fall in the fields.
For many of Arizona’s farms, autumn means one thing: Fall festival fun.
Vertuccio Farms in Mesa features a seven-acre labyrinth in its Corn Maze & Fall Festival, plus a pumpkin stand for easy pickings. Tikes can try the mini hay maze and petting zoo, while everyone can enjoy the air-filled jumping pillow and tube slide.
Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert gathers pumpkins onto a grassy field for its Halloween Pumpkin Patch. Decorate your holiday squash with stickers, bounce on an air pillow, feed animals and try out the Adventure Maze. Bring a picnic lunch or buy snacks to munch on.
Test your navigation skills at the Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch at Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale. Little ones can try out the mini-corn maze, while the six-acre tangle is challenging for the whole family. Scare yourself silly in the Arizona Field of Screams haunted maze at night. Calmer activities include the petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, play area, farming activities and, of course, searching for the perfect pumpkin.
Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival northwest of Tucson has 50 acres of pumpkins for public picking. Kids also love the rides, a petting zoo and an air-filled jumping pillow. Cheer for your favorite racing pigs and maneuver through two corn mazes.
Pumpkins and More
Fall festivals plus seasonal U-pick produce add up to real farming experiences.
Apple Annie’s in Willcox boasts the largest corn maze in Arizona—20 acres cut into two levels of difficulty. Pick not only field pumpkins, but fall vegetables and apples. Or select a Halloween pumpkin at the barn. Nosh on pumpkin pancakes, apple-smoked burgers and autumn-inspired homemade baked goods.
Snowflake’s one-day Harvest Festival features the Willis Farm, but seasonal activities go on at the farm from late September through October. Four corn mazes include special times for laser tag and for a haunted field. Pick from 15 varieties of pumpkins grown on-site, as well as gourds and Indian corn.
Mortimer Family Farms in Dewey spreads its Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze all over acres of fields. Fifteen acres are covered in mazes with three levels of difficulty. Pumpkins on the vine lie on more than 30 acres, with gourds and Indian corn, all available for picking. Entertainment, “pumpkin chunkin,” barn dances, horseback rides, kiddie attractions and a variety of food round out the festivities.
Tucson Village Farm is an urban farm where every Tuesday you can pick seasonal vegetables like greens, gourds, cooking pumpkins and winter quash. Its November Harvest Festival has foodie demonstrations, kids’ games, music and a farmers market.
At Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, pumpkins aren’t the only attraction at the Pumpkin & Chili Party, held every weekend in October. There are also lots of kiddie rides, hayrides, miniature golf, bonfires, pig races, a dog show, a BMX show, two corn mazes, crafts and dinners featuring everything from chili to pizza. During the months following the party, the fields are open for fall and winter U-pick harvest.
A Different Vine-Fruit Harvest
No farms or vineyards are involved at the September Harvesting of the Vine Festival, but The Village of Elgin Winery still honors its crop with grape stomping. The audience gets to pick the king and queen of this age-old method of crushing grapes for wine. Taste the new wine releases while taking in food, music and an arts and crafts fair.