Festive Farm

Appears in the October 2021 issue.

The Fall Festival at Windy Acres Farms in Geneva from September 19 to October 31 is more than your typical pumpkin-themed kiddie carnival. There are certainly diversions galore: hand-built playgrounds, corn mazes, and giant hamster wheels. But Amanda Thomas, the eldest of four siblings who run the farm with their father, Wayne, says her family’s annual fest caters to foodies of all ages. 

Think grill stations showcasing fire-licked local meats. A build-your-own-corn-on-the-cob bar, complete with all the elotes-inspired toppings. Plus, a jaw-dropping bakery lineup: homemade tarts, pies, breads, and endless varieties of caramel apples—all made from produce plucked straight from the farm’s 80 acres. And a new attraction: a U-Pick-Em apple orchard. “We even hire DJs and offer a beer garden,” says Thomas. “Because fall is best enjoyed when everyone spends it together.”

Photo courtesy Windy Acres Farm