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Farm Dreams

It’s that time of year again… the time that I like to imagine our future farm opening its doors to the public and their rosy-cheeked laughing children — excited about selecting the perfect pumpkin, riding on a horse-drawn hay wagon (this is my little addition to the plan), and getting blissfully hopelessly lost in a corn maze.  Can’t you just see it?  Little ones in hoodies with chewed pull-strings and elastic waisted blue jeans… couples proposing to each other in the beauty and romance of harvest time… and decorating with Indian corn, corn stalks, wagon wheels, and straw bales.

Oh, I can.  I absolutely can.  Who doesn’t love a trip to the pumpkin patch??  Josh wants to create a haunted wood with proceeds to support our future church.  Complete with fake spider-webbing, bedsheet ghosts, cardboard gravestones, and bats on strings.  How about a haunted barn as well?  We could do so many cool things.  I love this time of year.  Love, love, love.

In Washington, I drove my Sunday School students to a wonderful pumpkin patch and spent the afternoon devouring hot cider and funnel cake, watching the pumpkin launcher, making our way through the corn maze, and trying to find my old Explorer (I parked that thing somewhere!).  That day cemented it in my brain that I wanted a farm just like that… one that would become a tradition in the houses of the people around us.

Where is your favorite pumpkin patch?  Do you have any ideas for our imaginary farm?

  • amyb - my favorite pumpkin patch was one i used to take the kids to every year (until i had too many kids, and they wanted too much money). they had pony rides, big slides, petting zoo (with little pigs, mini ponies, all kinds of poultry, one year they even had baby guinea pigs), and hay rides. they sold pumpkins, mums, and all kinds of other stuff.
    i loved taking the kids there. i even took the kids i watched there. they always had so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - Beautiful! How I’d love to see that!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • mojavi at Simple Things - an activity barn with a rope to swing on dropping into a pile of hay, a sand box filled with corn instead of sand, a petting zoo set up and a painted wall for people to stand next to a nd take pictures…

    I love pumpkin patches!ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - Right now my farm dreams include the ability to just burn the down limbs instead of waiting for someone to come take them away!

    Oh, I have so many farm dreams. I have that hay ride one, too. I want the kids to come meet my animals when they visit my farm stand. I want to have a place to sell my crafts along side of my veggies and homemade cheeses. *sigh* Someday.ReplyCancel

  • gingela5 - I have a pumpkin patch that we’ve been going to the last couple of years right outside the city! It’s so fun! It makes me want to live in the countries–but I’m too lazy to do that!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - I always hope there are kids that want another pumpkin…so I grow too many each year…one of the pitfalls of living so far away from anything, yet I keep on growing them, year after year! We haven’t even had a ‘trick-or-treater’ in over 20 years! *sad…
    The rope swing is a MUST!
    Our kids…and US!…had hours and hours of fun landing in the hay!
    ~Hugs & Prayers, Lacy~
    BarbReplyCancel

  • rue - Hi Lacy 🙂

    Thank you so much for coming by my blog and leaving a comment! Your husband’s a ranger? Well, God bless both of you and please tell him thank you for his service from us.

    I love your blog and I hope your dream of a pumpkin farm comes true 😉

    rueReplyCancel

  • CrossView - Believe it or not, since we’ve moved to the country we haven’t found one nearby! lol!

    But we loved the one outside of Beaufort, SC.

    My only requirement would be a hayride. We love those. Oh, and pumpkins… =PReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: You need to start early to get everything set up for the season. Maybe you could make up some of your soaps to sell at the haunted barn.
    We took the grankids to a corn maze last year and had to backtrack because we couldn’t find the way out.ReplyCancel

  • Aly in GA - Oh, Lacy! You and Josh *must* venture up to Washington Farms, just east of Athens. Reading your post made me think of this as your dream, greatly magnified. They have the pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, and so much more.

    http://www.washingtonfarms.net/

    Take a tour through the farm activities – their operation has grown so large, they now charge admission, but there is so much to do, it’s worth it!

    My inlaws are flying down on Thursday from Manitoba to visit for two weeks. When my husband was growing up, it was on the family farm. The prairies of Canada are primarily a grain-growing region. but they also had cows and chickens. Stephen is an only child and decided, quite young, that a full-time farm life was not for him (he’s now a computer programmer.) So my inlaws don’t farm anymore — except for the exceptional flower and vegetable gardens they grow every year. But when they visit, we always try and get them out to the country a bit.

    Washington Farms opens on Friday for the fall season. After my oldest son’s soccer game early Saturday afternoon, we hope to make the trip out (it’s about 45 minutes from us,) to play for the rest of the day.

    If you decide to come up to check them out, please let me know and maybe we can join you. Even just looking at the photos on their site will probably fuel your dreams even more!

    Peace and Blessings,
    ~Aly

    p.s. – I *love* Josh’s idea of a haunted forest/barn! And, after staying at a working farm/B&B in Lancaster County, PA this summer with the boys, I would HIGHLY recommend the barn/rope swing/hay loft idea! Even our 3 y.o. had a blast, because they had a slide off the top of the bales into the loose hay for the young ones to join the fun.ReplyCancel

  • marky - Oh..look at all of those pumpkins!!ReplyCancel

  • Kath - Our tradition is to visit an apple orchard and pick our own apples. Tour through the pumpkin field.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - We have a corn maze just down the road from us. They have a few fire pits for people who come in groups to the corn maze. Our youth is going to the corn maze again this year, but as it will be Saturday night and the corn maze closes at 10:00, they will be coming back to our place for the fire pit. Looking forward to it.

    I love your photos and the pumpkins are glorious. I have grown my own most years but this year they didn’t do well.

    If I had a corn maze or pumpkin patch, I would like to have a tea house open just short hours for lunch, and afternoon tea where I could serve some special wholesome country soups and dainties with a huge selection of teas and coffees (okay, I really like coffee better, but I like the idea of a tea house and the pretties involved) and serve the tea in old fancy tea cups (but not too fancy or expensive) and the soup and sandwiches in mismatched country bowls and plates and have crafts and antiques on display and for sale. But that is just me.ReplyCancel

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