Local pumpkin patch is a favorite with families

Twelve miles west of Columbia off of Interstate 70, you can find an enjoyable experience with your family and friends at Peach Tree Farms, which is a pumpkin patch, owned and operated by Bruce and Judy Arnett.  They have opened their pumpkin patch to the public through the month of October for the past 15 years.

“If you love Halloween, “Judy Arnett says, “this is the pumpkin place to be.”

The grounds are covered with pumpkins, straw bales, and even horse carts that are all hitched up to horses made from corn stalks.  It creates the perfect environment for family photos, to help capture, fun memories.

When visiting Peach Tree Farms, customers can expect a 12 minute hay ride around the property, adventures through the straw bale maze, a visit in a tepee, a small feed bucket to feed the large variety of animals kept on the property and a visit to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin.  The Arnetts keep goats, donkeys, chickens, pigs, multiple fowl, bunnies and puppies on the farm for the customers to visit.  The pumpkins they have for sale range from $2.50 to $50 depending on the size.  Before leaving visitors should stop at the cabin built in 1811 that has been converted into a gift shop that sells canned good, pottery and handmade soaps.

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While the grounds are open to anyone during business hours, it is necessary to make a reservation with them for school groups.  These groups must contain twelve or more children and preferably take place in the morning. The price for a wonderful memory is $5 a person.  This includes the hayride, food for the animals, and as much time as you want on the farm.

“This is a great place to go with family and friends,” Jane Smith, a grandmother of four said.  “The grandkids always love to go in the maze and feed the animals.”

  • Where:  24863 Highway 98 Boonville, Mo.
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. till dark and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. till dark.
  • Website: http://www.thepeachfarm.com
  • Cost: $5 a visit: $2.50 to $50 a pumpkin

For more information visit http://www.thepeachfarm.com/.

By Paige Davis
Corner Post Staff Writer