Harvest Happenings and Farm Fun
It’s very easy to get wrapped up in all the hustle and bustle that happens in our everyday lives. We encourage you to take a step back, slow down and truly enjoy the beauty of the region. From farms that are filled with family history to annual festivals that have grown to become family favorites, enjoying the region is simplicity at its best.
McGovney-Yunker Farm (Mokena)
This 115-acre farm has history dating as far back as 1780, which lends to the ambiance of this wonderfully unique venue. Today, McGovney-Yunker farm is home to two of the most unique festivals in the region, the Farm and Barn Fest and the Mokena Food and Wine Festival. Mokena luckily has a pioneering past that lends a hand to creating an atmosphere that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Trantina Farm (Homer Glen)
At the center of Trantina Farm is the Welter Barn, referred to as a beautiful specimen that is an example of the craftsmanship and pride of the community’s forbears. The nearly 50-acre farm has quickly become an ideal spot to host unique events and get-togethers. The Village of Homer Glen invites guests to take part in their annual festivals & events happening at Trantina Farm such as Stargazing, Homer Harvest Days and the Children’s Halloween Party to name a few.
Pick. at Garden Patch Farms (Homer Glen)
Earl Hiller would be very proud of his grandchildren for keeping the tradition alive at Garden Patch Farms. For nearly 100 years, the farm has been beautifully maintained and continues to thrive! Priding themselves on sustainable and homegrown products, Pick. From ripe berries in the summer to crisp, delicious apples in the fall and a variety of fresh vegetables such as kale and eggplant. If you happen to visit in the fall, grab a homemade apple cider donut paired with a cup of freshly-pressed, unpasteurized apple cider that will send your taste buds in a whirl!
Bengtson’s Farm (Homer Glen)
For over 34 years, Bengtson’s Farm has been family owned and operated with superb care and it shows! Each year, thousands of people flock to the pumpkin farm to enjoy unique fall activities and indulge in delicious fall fare such as Uncle Bub’s Award Winning BBQ or homemade apple cider donuts! Some of the other fun-filled activities include the pumpkin chucker, corn maze, Bengtson’s Kid Village, Fun Barn, camel rides, petting zoo, the haunted barn and a variety of carnival rides. Bengtson’s is open daily from 10AM-8PM from late September through late October.
Odyssey Fun Farm (Tinley Park)
Odyssey Fun Farm is the perfect place to get lost in fall fun! The farm’s 15-acre Corn Maize has become an annual tradition for many families. If getting lost in a maize is not your cup of cider, wander through the 13-acre pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin or enjoy the 5-acre courtyard full of family friendly activities such as the petting zoo, inflatable kids zone, corn cannons, pig races, cow train, hay rides and pony rides! Feel like getting spooked? Brave the Zombie Safari Ride as you are taken on a dark, winding path through the farm in search of the Odyssey Zombies! Once the tractor stops, it’s game on! The only way to stop the zombies dead in their tracks is attack with your paintball gun. Odyssey Fun Farm is open daily from 10AM-6PM from late September through late October. Check site for special closings.
Konow Farm (Homer Glen)
Konow’s Farm & Fall Fest offers endless opportunities to put a smile on your face. Get lost in one of the two corn mazes and let the kids roll around in the corn pit. Other activities at the farm include an animal barn, hayrides, a straw playground, a pedal tractor track, cow train express, the grain train and for the brave ones, a mechanical bull ride! Konow is open daily from 10AM-8PM from late September through late October.
Fun on the Farm
Farm & Barn Fest (Mokena)
This one-of-a-kind event is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to truly experience farm life! Take a step (or two) back in time and witness entertaining, educational demonstrations such as sheep shearing, blacksmithing, wood carving, spinning and plenty more! You can expect an array of delicious local fare that is sure to send your taste buds in a whirl! Once you’ve had your fill, lace up your dancing shoes and enjoy live music. Peruse the goods at the Annual Quilt Show and Flea Market and you just might find that perfect treasure.
Heritage Harvest Days (Gaelic Park, Oak Forest)
Experience Ireland’s rich history right here in the Chicago Southland at Chicago Gaelic Park’s Heritage Harvest Days! At this annual festival, you have the opportunity to watch the old threshing mill, piking of the straw, making of the sugar, and the churning of milk. The day is filled with games for kids of all ages and adults. What’s an Irish fest without traditional Irish dancing? You will be treated to a fast-paced jig.
Stargazing at Trantina Farm (Homer Glen)
June & October
Sit, back, relax and enjoy a beautiful fall evening under the stars! As the 4th International Dark Sky Community, Homer Glen invites you to experience Stargazing at Trantina Farm. This exceptional event has attracted over 2,000 people since the biannual event first started in 2007! Experience the beauty of nature, learn about the constellations and soak up the celestial views as local astronomers explain one of the universes’ most miraculous phenomenons.
Earth Day (Konow Farm, Homer Glen)
Earth Day – Arbor Day at Konow Farm is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to play their part in protecting Mother Earth. Local demonstrators and exhibitors will explain the role that natural resources play in sustaining a high quality of life in the community and encourage participation in natural resource protection and restoration efforts.
Homer Harvest Days (Trantina Farm, Homer Glen)
Homer Harvest Days offers traditional fall fun the entire family can enjoy! Sample local fare and enjoy live music, old-fashioned entertainment, games, children’s activities, pony rides, antique tractors, hay rides and of course the living history and pioneer demonstrations! For those of you that are looking for fall crafts, take your time perusing the artisan and craft vendors. This festival will take you back to a time when life was much simpler and a bit more slow-paced.