‘When pumpkins are on the vine, fall is right on time’ read a sign in the Pumpkin Blossom Café at Rader Family Farms.

The Rader Family Farms, located at 1238 Ropp Rd., is the destination for fall lovers. Opening up their doors for the season on Sept. 7, Rader Family Farms has over 20 activities available for people of all ages.

Linda Rader, part owner of Rader Family Farms, was eager to showcase the plethora of events offered as she gave a personal tour of the area.

She also explained that even though Rader Family Farms is a place to have fun and enjoy your time, it retains an educational element too.

“Everything we do here we try to keep farm-related and be
educational in some way,” Rader said as she indicated an information sheet on the uses of corn outside of the Corny Bins. “We put a few little fun facts about the uses of these crops.”

Another type of educational activity is the Crop Circle. Amongst the circle is eight different crops all planted in Illinois and a sheet to specify the major uses.

Rader Family Farms offers field trips every day of the week except Mondays. Students are taken to the Schoolhouse where they learn about the many roles of a farmer.

If it is adventure you seek, a 10 acre corn maze is available for $6 every day. As well, on Saturday and Oct. 26 a Flashlight Maze will be offered. On this night, Rader Family Farms will be staying open three extra hours for customers to enjoy the maze.

Not to mention, the Barnyard Grill and Pumpkin Blossom Café is the spot to stock up on all of the tasty treats of the seasons from apple cider, to the pumpkin dishes and fresh roasted sweet corn from the Rader Family Farm fields.

“We’ve got the gift shop, coffee shop and this is the café here,” Rader said as she walked through the entrance. “This is open until 2 p.m. and then you buy food and drinks in here until 6 p.m. But on the weekends we have all of these things open and it is a pretty hopping joint if the weather is nice.”

The Barnyard is host to several different farm animals ranging from cows to recently hatched baby chickens. For the price of a quarter, a person can purchase some food to feed the animals.

Three new additions to the farm this year include the Duck Races, Spider Web and Roly Poly. The Roly Poly is a ride where a person can roll themselves down a track in a large tube by running within the tube.

The hours of operation for Rader Family Farms are weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A daily activity pass for weekdays costs $6 and the weekends cost $8 for adults.

Rader Family Farms will close for the season on Nov. 2.

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