This fall is shaping up to be a hectic one for us. The Three Little Adventures are enrolled in all-of-the-activities. There’s homework to be done, school events to attend, and all the games and practices.
I remember when Brutus and Gertrude were little, and we lived in Minnesota, we went to multiple farms in the fall. They were all open during the week, and we would make the rounds of them throughout the season. Also, in Minnesota, the leaves start changing in early September. Fall is my favorite season, and I loved that it starts early there!
When we moved here, I set out to locate our new “fall places”, but I couldn’t locate any farms that were less than a two hour drive! This kind of freaked me out. I love fall, apple picking, and pumpkin spice everything. With our busy fall schedule, I just didn’t get to do enough research, and we didn’t go to many fall events.
This week, I decided that I needed some fall fun and I needed it now. I miraculously found that Matilda and I had a free day in our schedule, so I went to everyone’s favorite resource, Facebook, to locate a farm with fall activities that was open on a weekday.
After several minutes of cross referencing Facebook and the farm’s website, I chose Weber’s Cider Mill Farm. It met my requirements: Less than an hour’s drive, it had farm animals (Matilda is obsessed) and fall activities. Plus, it sold apple cider donuts, one of my Favorite Things of All Time. I hastily packed a lunch, tossed Matilda in the car, and away we went.
When you first arrive at Weber’s, you enter their wonderful Farm Market. They sell preserves, baked goods, fruits and vegetables, local meats and cheeses, and fall decorations and gifts. They also have a bakery counter where you can get ice cream, donuts, and other bakery treats.
After perusing the market and persuading Matilda that we could wait to have donuts immediately after lunch (don’t be discouraged, this was not an easy task), we went out into the barnyard.
When you pay for a wrist band you get tickets to a short hayride around the barn yard. There was a tire mountain for climbing and a tractor play structure. There is also a mini tractor ride and a really cool hay maze.
The maze is not very high, about the size that a 10 year old can’t see over it, and has a bridge across the top. There were several school age children who were able to navigate the maze on their own, and there were attendants on the bridge watching to make sure no one got totally lost.
Matilda loved the maze. She thought it was really fun to go through all the twists and turns. I had to really squeeze through to keep an eye on her, though because it really is more child sized. It was really cool to walk across the bridge and watch the other kids going through the maze.
When Matilda tired of the maze, we went to the best part of the barnyard area: The Giant Hillside Slide.
Matilda only needed me to guide her once on how to bend her knees so that her feet would stay on the burlap sack before she got the hang of this slide. She must have run up that hill to go on the slide six or seven times before I finally had to stop her because it was getting close to time to leave.
After eating our packed lunch (they have picnic tables and also several benches in different areas) we paid a visit to the Farm Market and picked up some donuts, ice cream, and fresh veggies. The market also sells local cheese and meat, and of course apple cider.
I am so excited to have found Weber’s Cider Mill Farm. My only regret is that I forgot to pick up some of the aforementioned apple cider! (I was dragging Matilda out crying because she wanted a lollipop in addition to the ice cream and donuts, lest you think this was a picture perfect fall trip!) I think I have found one of our new fall places!
What are your favorite “fall places”?
I’d love to hear about them!