- Seasons Open
- Summer, Fall, Spring
People by the thousands are leaving the largest cities in America in search of wide open space fun. Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch located 45 minutes south of Chicago is one of these rural destinations benefiting from this return to rural. Coronavirus is driving people away from population dense metro areas. Families are seeking fun destinations where they can spread out and spend time with the people they love. After having been quarantined for months and months, a trip to the pumpkin patch seems just what the doctor ordered. While there are places to buy pumpkins and celebrate fall closer to Chicago, Harvest Tyme offers a step away from chaos and a step back in “tyme”.
In the 1850s, about the time that the Town of Lowell was founded, Thomas and Lucinda Craft moved from Ohio to the Orchard Gove area (which is the name of the area east of Lowell but west of Interstate 65). They settled on a large plot of land just south of the old Orchard Grove School on what is now Grant Street near the Spring Run Creek. Thomas and his family raised cattle to be sold at the market in Chicago, in addition to spirited horses for local farmers. On the 80 acres to the southeast of their home, the family would cut 200 tons of Timothy hay each season, while also growing wheat to supplement the family’s income. Today the farm has been passed down to Josh and Melissa Sickinger who are both caretakers and visionaries to what has become one of the top Agritourism locations in the region.
Josh and Melissa are “dedicated to giving visitors an authentic Fall Farm experience”! The farm includes a corn maze, flower fields, a train, and over 20 unique attractions. They also grow pumpkins in their pumpkin patch and have vintage rides like the Tilt-a-whirl where young and old alike can experience the days gone by. The farm is open seasonally during summers, fall and spring. Visit their website for more information at www.harvesttymefun.com.