Pumpkin Patches Are Somewhat Pandemic-Proof

Pumpkins at Sonny Acres Farm
Photo credit WBBM Newsradio/Rachel Pierson
By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- As families search for a sense of normalcy this fall, suburban pumpkin farms are ready to safely accommodate them outdoors. 

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch in Pingree Grove has had to make a few changes to follow COVID-19 guidelines, including the closure of its jumping pillow and corn box.

“We are limiting capacity. We are really, highly suggesting people purchase their tickets online because we want to make sure we have enough space for social distancing,” manager Jacob Goebbert says.

At Sonny Acres Farm in West Chicago, guests can take advantage of a self-feeding zoo, train rides and visit the country market for fresh produce.

“Every year we get a pumpkin, we paint it and we also carve them and set them outside,” said Gina Vanassche.

Guests are required to wear masks and stay socially distanced, but parents say it doesn’t get in the way of fun.

“We’ve been kind of cooped up for the last five or six months, and just to see the smiles on their faces and for this little one to see animals live and up close was something we were looking forward to today,” Andria Shulte said.

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sonny Acres Farm is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.