Pick Your Own Farm Fun

9/18/2018 - Meredyth Wenta

Family-Friendly, Foodie, Interactive
Jerry Smith Pick Your Own Produce fall season
Jerry Smith Pick Your Own Produce fall season
Jerry Smith Pick Your Own Produce fall season

Here in Kenosha, the seasons are changing. Summer’s bright sunny days are fading into the beautiful colors, and bustling winds of fall. Coming with the change of seasons is a bountiful harvest at the Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm. Crops that have been tended to and grown all summer in their 18-acre pick-your-own field are now ready for a fall gathering. Jerry Smith’s has long been known as the area’s farm for produce, fall adventures, and Pumpkin Farm cookies. So why not spend a weekend picking produce, making some great family memories, and maybe grabbing a cookie (or two) on the way out?

How does Pick-Your-Own work? There are certain fields that are open to guests to pick their own produce. Yes, you can literally go grab your own tomatoes off the vine on the farm! Before running out to the fields, stop by the Country Store to register your group and to get your bushel basket for picking. Guests must present an ID to keep on file while picking. So, what can you pick? Things like peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, beets, and more are all grown on the farm. In terms of produce available at any given time though, the folks at Jerry Smith say it best, “As unpredictable as Wisconsin weather is, so is our growing season”. Produce grows when it wants, not when we want it to. For that reason, you can call the Country Store at (262) 859-2645 to see what is available before you arrive. This will help you save time, and ensure that you get the produce you desire! You'll be charged by the bushel (or half bushel) for any variety of crops you pick. 

Parking at the farm is free. The Smith family and their staff encourage you to bring your cameras – capture photos of the fun you have picking your own veggies! Stay a while longer this fall and enjoy the hand-painted pumpkin displays on the farm, too. While pumpkins are not a pick-your-own crop, you'll find plenty of sizes, shapes, and even some unique varities available at the farm. During the fall season, the Country Store stays open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., and pick-your-own fields are open during daylight hours. There is plenty to keep you busy when you spend a fall day harvesting on the farm! 

Pro Tip: Wear closed toe shoes and long pants to keep your feet and legs protected.

Community Blog Team 2018

Meredyth Wenta

Community Blogger

Two decades of growing, learning and exploring in Kenosha under my belt. Carthage College graduate who is looking forward to sharing a young professional’s take on Kenosha Fun.