I love fall, pumpkins, and Halloween, and no matter where in the world I live, I try my best to celebrate October in full color and costume. So you can imagine how excited I was to find that there is a sprawling farm overlooking Pfäffikersee, that is filled with thousands of pumpkins of various shapes and forms, and you can get there with a direct 30 min train from Zürich 🙂
I’ve only been to a farm once before, more than five years ago when I lived in Montreal when we went apple picking as a big group of students. Since then I’ve always wanted to do it again, but I kept moving around the world and never had a car and well, farms are not usually located in convenient places next to public transport. This is why I love Switzerland. No car, no problem – just walk 15 minutes from the train towards the lake and you’re in the countryside.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw a video of me excited as a kid to be in this fall wonderland. I’m all about atmosphere and Juckerfarm has charm in heaps. Pumpkins, views of the lake, wooden tables underneath apple trees, a petting zoo, food statues, outdoor shopping and a restaurant filled with salty and sweet creations from local ingredients. We easily spent four hours there and I didn’t want to leave.
The food looked so good that we actually ate twice.
Meal #1: Pumpkin bratwurst with rösti and pure apple juice.
Meal #2: Pumpkin risotto, pumpkin curry, and pumpkin spaetzle, with pure apple juice and apple pie. A 100% fall meal. Everything was tasty, but the pumpkin risotto especially was so delicious that we started googling “Juckerfarm kürbis risotto rezept” and yes, they do have recipes!
We could not leave this place empty-handed so we bought two big jugs of apple juice, pumpkin spiced beer and of course, picked out a pumpkin for a Halloween 🙂
The farm is free to enter, and is open everyday until 10pm from summer to October. From November to March, everyday until 6pm. Check http://www.juckerfarm.ch/ for schedules, events, and recipes 🙂
Tip: if you are coming by train, you will find directions to the farm near the parking lot, but you can also trust Google Maps to take you there. Just type in the name and follow the path. On the way there you have to walk a little uphill and then straight through a field, but on the way back after all the food and shopping, it’s easy to walk down 😉 Train comes about every 30 minutes, but check schedules in advance on the weekend.
I’m new so feel free to share your favorite fall places in or near Zurich with me!