My cousins have a farm just outside of Kansas City - a real farm. Where they grow things. They produce amazing heirloom tomatoes, vegetables and fruits. This year my cousin and his wife, Lorin, (that have a little boy Emma's age) have developed a U-Pick area of the farm. They saw a need in our area's market for a real farm experience for kids and familes.
So many of the area's U-Pick apples, pumpkins and berries farms are filled with other attractions that really have nothing to do with the actual art of farming - the experience of getting to come out to the beautiful wide open, see the fields, see how things grow and breathe fresh air.
They built their own "Little Red Barn" as they call it. It houses their fresh produce, fresh apple muffins and local cider. Lorin has done such a cute job with everything - charming and quaint.
Each weekend in the month of October they have good ol' fashioned activities planned - s'mores roasting over a bon fire, apple butter making, pumpkin carving contests and family photos.
Here is their facebook page that has a schedule of events : Fahrmeier Farms Facebook
We tried to take a good family picture... but I had my camera settings all messed up when I handed off my camera to my cousin : ) Oopsy! Guess we'll have to think of something else for the Christmas card...
Hope your kiddos get to do some running around in the fresh air this weekend - the weather is soooo beautiful around here!