Milwaukee Area Pumpkin Price Comparison List

October 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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From pumpkin patches to big box discount retailers like Walmart, there are so many places where you can buy pumpkins in the Milwaukee area.  Prices for pumpkins are just as diverse!  Pumpkins from large retailers are typically cheaper than those from pumpkin farms.  Of course buying your pumpkin at Aldi doesn’t offer the same experience as buying it at a pumpkin patch.  What kind of pumpkin buyer are you?  Does the experience of a pumpkin patch justify the higher cost?

Here’s a list of prices we’ve seen at popular pumpkin patches and big-name retailers around town (note that prices may change and may vary from store to store within the same chain):

Aldi – $2.49 each

Apple Holler (Sturtevant) – $0.49 per pound

Basse’s Country Delight (Muskego) – Individually priced $1-$8 each

The Elegant Farmer – Priced by size, extra large pumpkins $12; large pumpkins $8; medium pumpkins $5

The Family Farm (Grafton) – $0.37 per pound

Pick ‘n Save – Large pumpkins $4.99; medium pumpkins $3.99; small pumpkins $2.99;  mini-pumpkins 10 for $10

Prospect Hill (New Berlin) – $0.37 per pound

Sam’s Club – Jumbo pumpkins for $8.98

Swan’s Pumpkin Farm (Franksville) – $0.26 per pound

Steins – Three pumpkins for $10

Walgreens – Two large pumpkins for $7

Walmart – Large pumpkins for $2.49

You can also get some great deals on pumpkins from farmers that set up pumpkin stands on the side of the road.  One of our Facebook followers, Peggy, shared a great deal that she found:

“I bought pumpkins out of a wagon cart on the corner of Good Hope and Town Hall Road.  They are $2 each.  Good deal and great pumpkins.”

Have you already bought your pumpkins?  How much did you pay?  Please leave a comment and let us know!

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Pick Your Own Apples – Autumn Harvest Festival at The Elegant Farmer

September 12, 2011 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Recreation, Shopping 

The Autumn Harvest Festival has started at The Elegant Farmer.  Located in Mukwonago, the Festival runs on the weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) through October 29, 2011, from 10am to 5pm.

The Autumn Harvest Festival offers a family fun apple picking experience.  Choose from 12 varieties of apples including McIntosh, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Ida Red (the variety that Elegant Farmer uses in their famous pies).

Prices for pick-your-own apples are:  $14 for a peck, $25 for a half bushel, and $38 for a full bushel.  Is that a good value you ask?  A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds, which averages out to $0.90 a pound.  That’s a great value, considering that is less than what you’d pay in a grocery store, there is a better variety than at the grocery store, you’re getting fresh apples straight from the orchard, and it’s a fun experience.  Here are a few interesting facts about apples from the University of Illinois Extension:

  • Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.
  • It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.
  • A bushel of apples will yield 20-24 quarts of applesauce.
  • A medium apple is about 80 calories.
  • Apples are a great source of the fiber pectin.  One apple has five grams of fiber.
  • Don’t peel your apple – 2/3 of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel.

In addition to apple picking, The Elegant Farmer offers a pumpkin patch where you can pick out your own pumpkin, tractor pulled hayrides ($3 for adults, $2 for kids, under 3 free), pony rides ($5) and rides on the East Troy Electric Railroad ($11.85 adults, $9.95 seniors, $7.75 children 3-11, children under 3 are free).

Food is also available for purchase, including make-your-own caramel apples, and the Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli & Market has a multitude of goods available for purchase including their famous Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag.

The Elegant Farmer is located at 1545 N. Main St. in Mukwonago.  For more information, call The Elegant Farmer at 262-363-6770 or visit The Elegant Farmer website.