I am married to pumpkin’s biggest fan. My husband has been ITCHING to go pick his own pumpkins for a solid month, but I kept telling him, “it’s not Fall yet!” So leave it to Hans to plan a family outing on our first autumn Saturday (and our 11th wedding anniversary) to a pumpkin patch. Google led us to a farm a bit of a drive away, but one that was well worth the trip: Brasee’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.
Located in Wellington, Ohio on State Route 58, the drive out to Brasee’s was an easy one. We chose an unusually hot Saturday to take in the many activities at the location — which includes an 8 acre full-scale corn maze, a kids mini corn maze, a kids straw maze, a pitch-black straw maze, petting zoo, straw slide, corn pit, pumpkin bowling, bounce house and more. All that for only $6 per person ages 5 and up. ($5 for seniors, free for ages 4 and under, free for military personnel.)
But our first task at hand: a visit to their patch to pick some pumpkins. Brasee’s only charges $2 per pumpkin picked, so we grabbed one of their complimentary wagons and rolled our way on our to the patch.
Hans and Baby Brenna got to work, finding the perfect pumpkin for each member of our family. Five pumpkins later (had to get one for each of the dogs!), we rolled our very full wagon back to all the other fun activities at the farm.
Baby B was a big fan of pumpkin bowling — she rolled a strike on her first try, with some help of course — and LOVED all the animals at the petting zoo. Next year, I know she’ll be running all over the many mazes and bouncing all over the bouncy house!
Before the end of our visit, we paid the extra admission (only $2 per person, Baby B was free) for a hayride. While the ride was sans hay (I was really okay with this fact), it was covered (read: shade in 90 degree heat!) and had fairly comfy seating, which made for an excellent combo for our adventure around the 27 acre space. The hayride was longer than most and was a nice way to kick back after all that work picking pumpkins!
We finished out our visit by buying a few extra gourds — already pre-picked, but only $3 each — before heading up a bit further north to Oberlin for a sweet treat after all that work. (More on that next week!) As we drove away, I knew we’d be back to Brasee’s soon — our fall loving family just can’t resist the chance to embrace the season as much as we can!