CHICAGO ( MainStreet) -- A visit to the local pumpkin patch has become an October ritual for many families. Yes, you could pick up your jack-o-lantern-to-be at a big-box store, but there's nothing like a fall farm outing to connect you with nature. And where else can you take those "kids surrounded by pumpkins" pictures to send to Grandma?Pumpkin patches are a modern outgrowth of a quintessentially American small business, the family farm. Farmers who can no longer support themselves solely through agriculture have stayed solvent by expanding beyond pumpkins into mini-entertainment venues. Building corn mazes and petting zoos may not technically be farming, but the revenue they bring in allows land to stay in the family.
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