Petersen Family Farm is a local farm located just south of 114th and west of Bangerter Highway in Riverton. It’s a place we love to visit all year round but pumpkin patch season is definitely our favorite time to visit.
The farm is so much fun that I feel I should warn you in advance, your kids will love it and you will love it and you will definitely want to come back again and again.
The farm has an amazing pumpkin selection and half the fun is grabbing a wheelbarrow and browsing the many pumpkins and gourds available, trying to pick a favorite. The farm works hard to grow a wide variety and they do not disappoint. In addition to their amazing pumpkin patch the farm offers many fun, family friendly activities.
Be prepared to spend a good amount of time at the farm. There is so much to see and do. You can take a dive in the corn pit, explore the hay bale pyramid and slides (my kiddos LOVED this), climb on a tractor (great photo op, have your camera ready), meet the farm animals and browse Farmer Luke’s Market.
For a small fee you can try out the apple slingshot or take a ride on a large covered wagon pulled by a tractor. The tractor ride was a hit with my kiddos. We got aboard, got cozy on some hay bales and we were given a tour of the farm by Farmer Luke himself! The Petersen family has been tied to agriculture for five generations and though a lot has changed through the years Petersen Family Farm is a much needed breath of fresh air in the middle of the busy Salt Lake Valley.
My kiddos always love paying a visit to the animals on the farm. The Farm Market sells feed for the animals for $1 per small bag and my kids love throwing feed to the chickens and letting the goats eat right out of their hands. Fair warning, those goats can get a bit feisty, they always make for some great entertainment.
You’ll definitely want to stop in to the Farm Market to check out the amazing, farm grown produce and the wide selection of local goods.
The market is dreamy and has a homey, warm feeling that is so inviting. It is open year round which is good because you’ll want to sample all the yummy crops that Petersen Family Farm is known for: sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, peas and pumpkins- of course.
Also, be sure to try their fresh popcorn. They grow popcorn and sell it right off the cob. You can even purchase your own cob at the store to take home. I guarantee your kids will think you’re the coolest mom ever when you cook them popcorn right off the cob for an afternoon snack.
I highly recommend visiting on a Friday night, especially if you’re hungry because that is food truck night on the farm. Starting at 5pm they have a wide variety of tasty food trucks that each use a product from the Farm Market in their meals as an extra way to add some freshness and deliciousness. I’m always a sucker for a good food truck meal. In addition to the food trucks they also have live entertainment, which adds such a fun element to a night out at the pumpkin patch.
We love Petersen Family Farm and the magic that they add to our Halloween season. For us, our October wouldn’t be complete without a visit to their pumpkin patch.
They hold a Harvest Festival in October (this year it’s on October 7, 2017). There is no admission fee but a few of the activities do require a ticket be purchased to participate.