DES MOINES, Iowa (Oct. 10, 2019) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig encourages all Iowans to visit their local apple orchard and pumpkin patches this harvest season. To locate an agri-tourism location near you, visit the all-new Choose Iowa website here. An interactive map allows you to quickly search for orchards or pumpkin patches in your area.
“Fall is a great time to experience Iowa agriculture,” said Naig. “I encourage families to head to their local apple orchard or pumpkin patch to pick fresh produce while making fun, lasting memories.”
Iowa is home to dozens of apple orchards, which includes over 900 acres of various varieties of apple trees located throughout the state. Visiting a local orchard is a great way to discover new varieties that may not be available in a grocery store.
Many of Iowa’s pumpkin patches host fall festivals and family activities such as hayrack rides, corn mazes, local musicians and other activities. They also give visitors the opportunity to pick their own apples or pumpkins. Apple harvest typically ends mid-to-late October while Halloween signals the end of pumpkin season.
About Choose Iowa
Led by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, the Choose Iowa program supports farmers, drives demand for the products they produce and generates excitement about agricultural innovations happening around the state. Agriculture is a part of our state’s history and Iowans are developing new technologies that will guide us into the future.
Iowa leads the nation in corn, pork, egg and renewable fuel production. You can support local producers and growers by choosing Iowa meat, dairy and produce at farms, farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants around the state. Learn more at ChooseIowa.com.
About the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Led by Secretary Mike Naig, the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship serves the rural and urban residents that call Iowa home. Through its 12 diverse bureaus, the Department ensures animal health, food safety and consumer protection. It also promotes conservation efforts to preserve our land for the next generation. Learn more atiowaagriculture.gov.