Johnson Farms

This post is sponsored by Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins

Ah yes, fall is finally here. The most wonderful time of year. When the leaves begin to change, chunky sweaters are a must, and store shelves and coffee shops are pushing ALL the pumpkin goodies in your face.

And. We. Love it!

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With the changing temps comes everyone’s favorite fall activity… hitting up the local pumpkin patch!  Thankfully KC has a ton of great options, but by far my favorite is Johnson Farms in Belton, MO. Ever since we moved to KC five years ago this has become a MUST on our fall bucket list. With a giant pumpkin patch to explore, apples to pick, cider slushies to drink, a hayride to hop on, Johnson Farms embodies the fall aesthetic my IG-loving heart so desires. And that’s just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to all that you can do during a day at Johnson Farms.

With the ongoing pandemic, I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to make this favorite fall activity a reality this year. Thankfully, Johnson Farms has taken many precautions to allow for a safe visit for the entire family.

First, this year tickets and season passes are by online reservation ONLY! This helps control the number of people inside the farm at any given time and allows for ample social distancing while still being able to enjoy all the fun activities. In addition, everyone over the age of 3 is required to wear a mask when inside a building (ie. four walls). With enhanced cleaning protocols and plexiglass installed at the registers, you can be sure Johnson Farms is taking the health and safety of our community seriously.

The additional safety precautions in place are not the only thing new this year at Johnson Farms! In addition to picking your own apples, you can now pick your own vegetables! This is great for those of us that, um, forgot to water the garden a time or two. Fresh tomatoes, peppers, green beans, and beets are there for the taking! We cooked up a batch of the fresh green beans and oh my, they were delicious! While you’re picking veggies, your kids can enjoy the new ninja course and monkey bars (located by the ever popular jumping pillow). 

When you’re done collecting your goods (apples, pumpkins, and veggies…Oh My!) make sure you grab a seat under the covered picnic area and indulge in a pumpkin donut (or two…I’m not judging) and slurp on an apple cider slushie. If you feel so inclined, feel free to share with your kids, too. If you’re lucky, you may even get to enjoy some live music in addition to the gorgeous landscape views. Once you’re replenished, you’ll be ready to enjoy all the other amazing activities that the farm has to offer. The giant jumping pillow and a ride on the barrel train are just a couple of our favorites. 

 

Oh and if you’re worried about filling up your arms by grabbing a pumpkin from the field, Johnson Farms provides wheelbarrows and carts to load up your goods to free up those hands for taking advantage of all the fall photo ops around the farm. If pushing a wheelbarrow isn’t your thing, grab a pumpkin inside by the registers before heading out! Either way, you can’t leave without a pumpkin, maybe a mum or two, and perhaps a dozen donuts. Get your fall on, girl (or guy)!

If your kids beg to go back the moment you get home, then get a season pass and enjoy the farm all fall long! This year they are only $25 a person (ages 3 and up) and allow you to have unlimited access to the farm every day until Halloween! Bonus, if you get a season pass you do NOT have to make a reservation for your visits as they have been accounted for! So you know, when that donut craving strikes you can just head on down and get one, or three. 

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Stephanie lives in Shawnee with her husband and two crazy redheaded children, Jack (7) and Allison (4). When she’s not working full time as an aviation meteorologist, or trying to stop her kids from fighting, she enjoys running, knitting, attempting to bake, cheering on the Huskers (#GBR!), and catching up on her DVR. You'll often find her dragging her kids and husband to breweries around KC in search of the best IPAs the city has to offer. You can follow her day-to-day snippets on Instagram (@stephavey).

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