If you live in the Carolinas, you are definitely going to want to check out Patterson Farms in Mt. Ulla, North Carolina. For our first visit to the farm, we decided to set aside one of our Saturday mornings to pay them a visit, and we were not disappointed.
The big red barn was a highlight for our little ones, and this is where we began our morning.
All throughout the year, they offer various programs for families, school groups, etc. and we decided to participate in one of their Learn & Grow Programs.
We started by touring the barn and feeding the animals.
A pig had just given birth that morning, and we got to meet her little piggies! I was pregnant at the time, so I was feeling all kinds of maternal feelings toward those little baby pigs…Okay, that’s weird…let’s move on.
Next, a guide directed us through a harvest area where we were able to learn how various foods grow, and my little ones were encouraged to gather pretend-play produce in a harvest basket that the farm had provided for them.
Our kiddos really enjoyed pretending that they were farmers…
…and I loved watching them learn all kinds of new things.
This pretend cow sprayed water from its udders…definitely a highlight for this crew.
Our final task included getting to plant green beans – What kid doesn’t love playing in the dirt?
Our tour ended with the kids being allowed to trade in all the produce they had harvested in exchange for a cold drink or a little serving of icecream. Guess what they chose? You guessed it! It was a hot, hot summer morning, and ice cream had never tasted so good! Did I mention I was pregnant at the time? ha!
While the icecream was indeed delicious, hubby and I loved getting to drive through the country – such a beautiful drive to and from the farm.
We are looking forward to going back for some of their “Pick Your Own” opportunities.
Their Farmer’s Market is full of yummy foods – some of the best produce (and apple butter) we’ve found in our region came from their market. Mmmm…I wish I had bought more of that apple butter. If we venture back to pick pumpkins, I know what I’ll be buying at the market.
Mt. Ulla, NC
Family Field Trips are all part of how we homeschool at night, on the weekends, and throughout the summer months.
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