Sunflower season is in full bloom!
The sunflower fields around Milwaukee are blooming.
There’s just something about sunflowers that makes us smile. Kids and adults alike are enchanted by their sheer size and beauty. Sunflowers can grow 5-10 feet tall, and they provide the perfect photo op. Plus, most farms will let you cut a few stems to take home and use to decorate your front porch.
Soak up the last of summer’s sunny days by visiting one of these sunflower fields throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Some are nearby, while others require a day trip.
Open dates and time depend on weather and flower maturity. Be sure to call ahead for hours and the latest information.
Lannon Sunflower Farm
W204 N8525 Lannon Rd., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Expected to start in late July, picking season at Lannon typically lasts through the month of August and sometimes even into mid-September. There’s also a wildflower butterfly garden and sunflower mazes.
With admission ($20 per vehicle), you are allowed to pick 12 sunflowers. There’s an additional charge for any of this year’s new offerings: summer and fall raspberries, U-pick pumpkins and a corn maze. The farm does not accept electronic forms of payment, so bring cash.
Basse’s Taste of Country
3190 County Line Q
Colgate, WI 53017
Come September, Basse’s offers the best of both worlds with their annual Apple & Sunflower Fest (Sept. 9-12, 2021, weather permitting). For $13.95 per person (ages 0-2 are free), you can pick a 1/4 peck bag of apples in seven different varieties, plus walk through the sunflower maze and zinnia fields. Walk to the fields if you like, or kick back and ride the Grain Train. New this year is a beer garden in the middle of the sunflower patch!
If you want to cut some flowers, you’ll have to pay extra. For $17.95, you’ll get a vintage metal U-pick bucket that you can fill with sunflowers or zinnias, or mix and match. Each bucket holds anywhere from 20 to 40 stems. Basse’s provides the shears; return them to get your bucket filled with water and keep your blooms hydrated. Want more apples? Each additional 1/4 peck bag costs $7.95.
Shimon Sunflower Farm
2575 Co Rd CC, Slinger, WI 53086
This local family farm is owned and operated by a young couple with four kids and two chocolate Labs. They have 9 different varieties of sunflowers in their field, and most are included in the U-pick admission price.
For $20 per car, you can pick one dozen sunflowers and explore the farm. The Shimons have also taken the time to carefully plan some beautiful photo opportunities. They expect to open the farm at the end of July or beginning of August. Pre-cut flowers will be available for purchase at the She Shed in Hartford until then.
Thompson Strawberry Farm
14000 75th St., Bristol, WI 53104
Don’t let the name of this farm fool you. Thompson offers more than just strawberry picking. They’ve doubled their sunflower production for 2021 and are estimating a total of 4 million sunflowers on their 40 acres.
Sunflowers are available now through October (weather permitting). You may choose to walk through one of the sunflower mazes, or take a more leisurely stroll around the fields. There are also large, grassy areas for the kids to run around.
The farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each individual admission fee includes 6 flowers ($12/Adults, $6/Children 3-10). Additional flowers are available for $10 per dozen.
For The Love Of Flowers Farm
12114 W. 5 Mile Rd., Franksville, WI 53126
There are more than 35 different flowers and foliage grown on this farm, formerly known as Rooted And Winged Flower Farm. Clippers and pails of water are provided for visitor use. After picking the flowers of your choice, stop by the gazebo to arrange your own bouquet or have a farm employee arrange it for you. Predetermined prices for U-pick bouquets range from $25 to $45 each.
Note: If you plan to bring a professional photographer along with you, the farm will charge a pro photo fee of $20 during open hours, and $30 after hours by pre-paid appointment.
Oak Rest Farms
6138 S. Pine St., Burlington, WI 53105
There’s more than just sunflowers at Oak Rest this year. The owner has decided to plant the majority of the field with pink cornflowers in support of his mother, who is currently battling breast cancer. The three-foot-tall flowers are planted in the shape of a ribbon near the entrance. The pink flowers are surrounded by standard sunflowers, so there is double the opportunity for stunning photography.
Eugster’s Farm Market
3865 WI-138, Stoughton, WI 53589
Don’t miss the 4th Annual Sunflower Days at Eugster’s, a 349-acre farm located south of Madison. This event usually kicks off the third weekend in July and continues through August. Paid admission ($7.50 per person, children under 2 are free) includes a wagon ride to the field, plus access to U-Cut flowers and a 15-acre petting farm that offers tons of fun activities for the kiddos. Pack a picnic lunch or pick up some homemade goods and fresh bakery items in the market.
Eugster’s accepts cash, check, or credit, but make sure you bring quarters for the petting farm crank machines if your kids want to feed the animals. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Skelly’s Farm Market
2713 S. Hayner Rd., Janesville, WI 53548
Skelly’s 5-acre field is divided into three areas: a walking area, a cutting area and a specialty flower area with 20 different varieties of sunflowers. The walking area features multiple “prop stops” and viewing platforms for amateur and professional photographers alike. The prop stops are little areas cut out of the main path with items like straw bales and ladders that can be used as photo props.
Admission prices range from $9 to $30, depending on how many flowers you’d like to take home (1, 6 or 12 cut flowers). All admission levels include a choice of donut from the bakery and a coupon for 10% off sunflower gifts in the retail barn. Children 3 and under get in free.The farm will have extended hours on its “Sunset Nights,” July 30 and July 31 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.).
Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center
7001 Gass Lake Road, Manitowoc, WI 54220 (Town of Newton)
Take a short drive and delve into the wonders of agriculture at Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center. Access to the sunflower maze is included in the price of admission. Once you find your way through the maze, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the interactive exhibits in the museum. Learn how science and technology have made food production and processing more efficient.
Take a short trip on our bus to the local dairy farm to be immersed in sustainable farming practices. Have a meal in the farm-to-table café, but save room for ice cream and other treats in the Farm House Store. You can even witness baby cows being born in the birthing barn!
Admission is $16 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+), $8 for youth (ages 4-18), and kids under 4 get in free.
Sunflower Farm Tips:
- Don’t forget your camera! Sunflower fields are prime Insta-worthy material.
- Bring your own scissors or clippers to pick sunflowers. Many farms do provide them if you forget.
- Bring a clean container (e.g., mason jar, vase, bucket, etc.) to fill with water and keep your cut flowers fresh on the way home.
- Go early! Sunflowers only bloom for 2-3 weeks at a time, so don’t delay.