September 7, 2018
Fall means cooler temperatures, back to school and harvest season. As a teacher, it also means new beginnings and getting organized. Our family loves to eat local and we were excited to take a fun road trip to participate in Taves Farms’ annual farm-to-table festivities. It’s always a great opportunity for our kids to learn about where food comes from and sample a taste of the country.
Besides being absolutely delicious, these signature apple cider slushies are also healthy with tree-ripened local apples, 100% natural, unfiltered juice and no added sugar, water, or preservatives. We also found them incredibly refreshing after all the running around we did in the corn maze (OK… so we got really lost!)
My husband and were so impressed with all of the options at Taves Farms to tire the kiddos out! There are two Jumping Pillows, a massive Tree Fort Playground + Slides, Pedal Karts through a corn field and a fun Hayloft Zipline. Of course, the little guy had to try all of these out… several times over. He was so jazzed with all of the fun options to get his sillies out!
OK… so as I mentioned above, we really did take this advice seriously. My son is obsessed with mazes of all sorts and corn mazes are no exception. He was absolutely sure of which was was the right way… until we hit a dead end and had to turn around! Ha ha.
We actually went into THREE different corn mazes that are colour coded for difficulty and length. I don’t quite know how long we were in there for, but it must’ve been a good 40 minutes or so!
After getting all tuckered out from exploring the corn mazes, we rested for a bit and then hitched a hayride to the sunflower patch. The rustic ride was delightfully bumpy and the destination was perfect for ‘family at the farm’ photos.
Our house on Vancouver Island had a massive old apple tree in the backyard, and we would pick apples together every autumn. We’ve been missing this tradition so really appreciated reviving it with a 5 lb bag of apples to bring home. I don’t know about you, but apples taste better when they’ve ripened in the sun and we’ve picked them ourselves!
I’ve shared before that I grew up near a farm and spent my childhood becoming friends with the animals. We were all full of childlike delight when we petted the friendly goats and saw them walking on their special treetop boardwalk. This is also a great change to let our city kid see the chickens, rabbits and turkeys. Gobble, gobble!
There are lots of pumpkins already, and I can’t imagine a more whimsical place to bring your family to harvest a pumpkin once jack-o-lantern time hits. We find devoting an afternoon to visiting a farm so much more memorable than just buying a pumpkin from a big box store!
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