Animals getting photos taken at Bergsbaken Farm

The Best Sunflower Fields In Wisconsin To Visit On A Romantic Road Trip

Sunflower fields in Wisconsin

“Sunflower fields in Wisconsin are the ideal place for a romantic afternoon or evening date. Most sunflower fields and farms in Wisconsin welcome visitors wander and enjoy the beautiful touch of fall dancing in their fields”.

What is it about sunflowers that makes one happy? It’s hard to look at the bright yellow blooms of the sunflowers and not be happy. At least it is for me. A field of sunflowers says summer.

Wisconsin summers seem so short that the bright and cheery sunflower fields in Wisconsin are a welcome sight. They make you want to stop, wander, and get lost among all the blooms and hold onto summer just a little longer.

Sunflowers with Gary and Michelle's Sunglasses
Sunflower Fun

Gary and I have been venturing out every chance we get. Sometimes it’s just a road trip going nowhere, and other times with a purpose. I’m sure Kwik Trip loves all of our business as much as we love them.

Our latest discovery is that Wisconsin is home to several sunflower farms. Yes, I said farms, not just little gardens, entire fields. Years ago, when I saw my first sunflower field, I pulled the car off the road and just sat there and enjoyed it.

Today the popularity of the sunflower farm is increasing, and we are discovering new ones each year.

Sunflowers start blooming anywhere from late July to early August. Several of the sunflower farms in Wisconsin hold festivals and activities during the peak bloom time.

The sunflower is only at its peak for a short time. They will only bloom on average for one to two weeks. This is plenty of time to take a Wisconsin road trip and visit more than one sunflower farm.

The Best Sunflower Fields in Wisconsin to visit on a romantic road trip

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History of the Sunflower

The sunflower is amazing and complex. Sunflowers are native to North America, but it has only recently been grown in North America as a cultivated crop.
The American Indian tribes found various uses for the sunflower. They ground the seeds into flour, ate them for snacks, and mixed the seeds with beans and corn for a meal. Oil was also squeezed or boiled from the seeds and used for making bread.

Sunflowers were not used just for food. Dyes are made for textiles and body paints, parts of the plants were used medically and the oil from the seeds was used on hair and skin. They used every part of the plant; the stalks were used as a building material, the head of the plant was used as a scrubber, and the roots were used for tea.

For more fantastic information about the sunflower, check out National Sunflower Association.

Fun Facts About Sunflowers

One tall sunflower in the field
One tall sunflower in the field at Bergsbaken Farms
  • The Sunflower is one of only a few flowers with the word flower in its name.
  • Vincent Van Gogh loved sunflowers so much that he created a famous series of paintings called ‘Sunflowers.’
  • Sunflower oil is good conditioning for your hair.
  • The average homegrown sunflower grows between 8 and 12 feet tall in 5 – 6 months.
  • The tallest sunflower ever grown was 30 feet 1 inch by Hans-Peter Schiffer in Germany.
Sunflower Farm in Wisconsin
Sunflower Farm in Wisconsin
  • Sunflowers are thought to have healing power. They have been used for chest pains and other medical issues.
  • The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.
  • Sunflowers track the sun. The young flowers will face the east in the morning and follow the sun throughout the day. Until the head becomes mature and too heavy, at which time it will remain facing east.
  • The largest sunflower head measured 32 1/2 inches in diameter.
  • A single sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds.
  • Each sunflower head is made up of 1000 – 2000 individual flowers.
Michelle in the Sunflower field
Michelle in the Sunflower field
  • There are over 70 varieties of sunflowers. The varieties can be divided into three groups: giant sunflowers, dwarf sunflowers, and colored sunflowers.
  • Not all sunflowers are yellow. They can even be red or purple.
  • Dwarf sunflowers grow in clusters and are not usually taller than 3 feet—an excellent possibility for a small garden.
  • Sunflowers grow best in full sun.
  • Over 3 million acres of sunflowers are planted in the United States every year.
  • According to folk legend, you will be filled with wisdom if you sleep with a sunflower under your pillow.

I hope you found these facts about sunflowers as interesting as we did. Now see if you can stump your friends with your new sunflower knowledge.

Sunflower Fields in Wisconsin

These are our top picks of Sunflower Farms in Wisconsin. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Bergsbaken Farms

Bergsbaken Farms Sunflower
Bergsbaken Sunflower

Bergsbaken Farm is located in Cecil, WI. This family-owned farm offers two sunflower fields to enjoy. A two-dollar donation for visiting is suggested. They offer a platform in the field for the best photo opportunities.

The farm is also pet-friendly for photos with your furry friend. A one-dollar donation is suggested for each flower you pick. They are open from dawn to dusk.

Horses in the sunflower field
Heather and her horses in the sunflower field

While at Bergsbaken Farm, we ran into Heather, who had taken her horses to the farm to have their pictures taken in the sunflower field. It was such pleasant sightseeing them together.

Lannon Sunflower Farm

Lannon Sun flowers
Lannon Sunflower farm

Lannon Sunflower Farm is located in Lannon, WI. They offer u-pick sunflowers. The cost is $20 per car, allowing you to enjoy the sunflower maze and take 12 sunflowers home. Please bring your own cutter, something to put your flowers in, and a little water, so the flowers make it home fresh. They are open 7-7

Sopa Fairview Farm

Sopa Fairview Farm sunflowers
Sopa Fairview Farm Sunflowers

Sopa Fairview Farm is located in Amherst, WI, and is a 4th generation farm. The farm is open from dawn to dusk. Again it is recommended that you bring your own cutter, container, and water so that your sunflowers make it home safe and fresh.

There are many more sunflower farms than we have listed. These are just the ones we have visited and enjoyed. This list would not be complete without including this last sunflower farm.

Auburndale School Forest

Monte Weiler Trail System

This one is near and dear to me. The Auburndale School Forest has 2 acres of wooded trails, corn mazes, and over 90,000 sunflowers. The school forest, trails, and fields are open to the public at any time.

The sunflowers at the school forest are to be enjoyed and not picked. At the end of the season, the seeds are harvested and sold to benefit Toys for Tots. Donations are accepted and will benefit Toys for Tots.

Oversized wood chair in Sunflower field

Professional photographers are welcome, with many excellent photo opportunities.

An ADA-accessible bridge makes the trails and field welcoming to all.

Babbette’s Seeds of Hope

Babbette's Seeds of Hope sun flowers
Babbette’s Seeds of Hope

Babbette’s Seeds of Hope is located in Eau Claire, WI. The Babbettes have been farmers all of their lives. They have an appreciation for family, nature, and the land. In 2014, Mrs. Babbette lost a nine-year battle with cancer. She dreamed of a life without cancer for herself and others.

In honor of his wife, Mr. Babbette plants miles of sunflowers. After the sunflowers breathtakingly bloom, he sells the high-quality seeds and donates a portion of the proceeds to help cancer patients and research.

In 2022 the mission of Babbettes Seed of Hope has changed from honoring a life lost to cancer, to a forum for all those suffering from the devastating effects of any disease. A place to come together, to heal, to find solace in knowing you are not alone.

Bird watchers, artists, photographers, and sunflower lovers are welcome to visit the farm and enjoy—what a wonderful memorial to the late Mrs. Babbette.

Sunflower field Locations

Bergsbaken Farm
W2095 County Rd E, Cecil, WI

Lannon Sunflower Farm
W204 N8525 Lannon Rd, Lannon, WI

Sopa Fairview Farm
8290 Old Amish Rd. Amherst, WI

Auburndale School Forest
10704 Park Ave., Auburndale

Sunflowers, in their own beautiful way, bring sunshine and smiles all over the world. With such a short time to enjoy their full blooms, it’s wonderful that farmers have opened up their fields for all of us to enjoy. I know Gary and I enjoyed romantically strolling through the sunflower fields holding hands at sunset.

There are so many great sunflower products on the market. We have gathered many of our favorites and added them to our amazon store.

I love all of the beautiful summer flowers that grace us with their presence in the summer. The Lavender Fields on Washington Island in Wisconsin is another one of favorite summer places to romantically get lost in. They were both amazing.

Fall is just around the corner make sure to check out our romantic fall bucket list and download your own Romantic Fall Bucket List to take advantage of every romantic fall moment.

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