Fall Fun on the Farm!
Cozy Nook Farm in Waukesha is a year-round working dairy farm, but in autumn, it’s transformed to a colorful fall wonderland. Cozy Nook grows over 40 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, squash, Indian corn and broom corn. They also have corn stalks and hay bales ready for your fall decorating.
This time of year, farm tours and hayrides on the weekends top off a visit to Cozy Nook Farm. Be sure to call ahead at (262) 337-2448 and reserve your spot.
We caught up with Cozy Nook’s operators, husband and wife team Tom and Joan Oberhau and talked farm facts.
Cozy Nook Farm is a dairy farm with 70 cows! What do you do with all of that milk?
We are dairy farmers at heart and we love our cows. Cozy Nook is part of the Prairie Farms Co-op, along with 900 other dairy farmers in the Midwest. Our milk is made into Swiss cheese and is available in stores all around us.
Your farm has grown pumpkins and fall goodies for more than 50 years. What are the must-have items for people when they visit?
I don’t think there’s one must-have, everyone has different ideas in mind as to what they want. But, our pumpkins are really popular. They are beautiful and unique and come in all shapes, sizes colors and textures.
The Cozy Nook fall market is up and running. Tell us about that.
Our pumpkin fields rotate every year so we can grow the best pumpkins possible, and this year they are great! We have a really big selection of picked pumpkins for people to look at – no doubt they will find the perfect one. We also have beautiful Indian corn and all kinds of gourds. Joan and some of her friends get creative and hand-paint some of the pumpkins and gourds and people love them.
For someone new to the farm or visiting from out of town this fall, what should they do and see while at Cozy Nook?
They should check out our wonderful display of all that we’ve grown on the farm and take in a hayride, which happens on the hour. People should also walk around and say hello to our cows! We invite the community to come in and see our working farm. We encourage people to share our love of farming, to pet a calf, feed a cow and enjoy the farm. We are a low-key operation that loves what we do.
After Thanksgiving the farm sells Christmas trees, wreaths and garland. What other kinds of wintertime decorations do you have to offer and where do you get them?
We are proud that all of the trees we sell are grown in Wisconsin, primarily up North. We have some great partners that produce beautiful Fraser fir, balsam and white pine trees. They range from four-foot tabletops to breathtaking 16-foot trees. We also have balsam wreaths that come in four sizes with pinecones and a red velvet bow. We hand-make two sizes of Fraser wreaths and add a variety of decorations. We also make evergreen door swags and beautiful centerpieces that are perfect for your holiday table.