In 1991, Paul decided to give pumpkin farming a try. Paul and his family grew 1/2 acre of pumpkins that year, and piled them up for sale in the front yard. In 1993, Paul created a maze from snow fence, and the family tied a corn stalk on both sides of every slat of the fence. It was quite a job, but the maze was a masterpiece! Our maze was definitely the first in the area, and sometimes we have had a chuckle wondering if we didn’t launch all the corn maze mania.
In 1999, we expanded our tiny maze onto over six acres of the farm when we created our one-acre and five-acre mazes, as well as our family free maze. In 2000, we added a snack shop.
When Paul and Cheryl began Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, their kids were quite young. Trisha was 13, Carrie 10, Gary, 6, and Katie 3. Now you’ll see Trisha, Carrie and Katie’s husbands, Gregg, Jason and Craig, and Gary’s wife Kylie hauling pumpkins, and Paul and Cheryl’s grandchildren riding on the pumpkin wagons.
Free admission and free parking.
Mini corn maze, Kid’s straw maze, Kid’s straw climbing tower,
Corn “sandbox” and Goats
Our Snack Shack featuring freshly-made donuts, cider slush, and hot sandwiches.
Unique fall produce including all sizes and shapes of pumpkins (of course), giant pumpkins, gourds, dried gourds, squash, giant squash, apples, apple cider, straw bales, corn shocks, Indian corn, hardy mums, popcorn, squirrel corn, and broom corn.
No, We do not charge admission
Yes, we accept Mastercard, Visa, and Discover. We also accept cash and personal checks.
No, we don’t offer pick-your-own-pumpkins. We rotate our crops so our pumpkin patch isn’t always right next to our front stand. But don’t worry, you’ll pick your pumpkin from thousands of pumpkins that are already cut and washed and won’t get your car dirty on the way home.
Overall, our farm is handicap accessible. There is room for a wheelchair or powerchair to move through the maze. Please be aware that it may be difficult to move a chair through the maze if the ground is wet. Some wide powerchairs may not fit through the craft barn door, but standard sized wheelchairs do fit. In addition, there are three steps to climb onto the hayride.
We also have a handicap accessible restroom.
Some people worry that if they purchase their pumpkin early, it won’t make it to Halloween. Believe it or not, many of our pumpkins are ripe in August. They are a very hardy vegetable (well, technically, pumpkins are a fruit!), and last late into the fall. Just make sure to keep your pumpkin outside or in a cool garage (they won’t usually last long indoors). If you have to keep it in the house, try to keep it in a cool place out of direct heat. Once a pumpkin is cut into, it will shrivel up quickly, so wait to carve your pumpkins until a day or two before Halloween.
Clean the seeds. Place them on a cookie sheet. Add seasoning if desired. Bake the seeds 350° for 25 minutes.
Purchase a hull-less seed pumpkin (you can use any pumpkin, but the hull-less variety does not have seeds with a hard outer shell and are much better for roasted pumpkin seeds).
Drying a gourd is easy. It takes three to eight months to dry a gourd. Keep it in a cool dry place like a garage. Over time, mold will grow on the gourd as it dries. Unless it is soft, this is normal and does not mean the gourd is rotten. Once the gourd feels very light weight (often you can hear seeds shaking around inside), soak the gourd in a bleach solution to kill the mold. Use steel wool to clean the gourd, let it dry, and it’s ready to paint or stain. Use acrylic paints and finish with an acrylic spray.
You're welcome to bring your dog as long as he's social and on a leash, and you clean up after him.
We are open rain or shine, but be aware that the maze may get muddy if there’s a lot of rain. If it has rained recently, please dress accordingly for the maze. On rare occasions, we are unable to run our hayride if the field is flooded.