Monday, October 26, 2015

Pumpkin Picking at Sharp's at Waterford Farm

I generally love adventures to new places, but I have to say, in the past several years, visiting farms for "you pick {insert seasonal item}" have been among my least favorite trips. I think it's the tendency of some of these spots to charge expensive admission fees, and then additional money for mediocre activities (like feeding overfed animals) that the kids beg for. And that doesn't even include the price for whatever you actually pick. Plus, crowds.

But I went with Cami's class last week to pick pumpkins at Sharp's at Waterford Farm and we had a blast. Yes there was a corn maze, hayride, and feeding animals, but the setting was beautiful and the activities seemed much more low key and are FREE. There is no admission or charge for anything besides the pumpkin you picked. The farm also has a great educational component to it (not just limited to school groups -- check out the programming here), which I found made the visit much more worthwhile than others we've taken in the past. The kids learned about the actual farming that takes place there, different varieties of corn, and a bit about beekeeping too.

If you're still looking for the fall festival experience, but in a less commercial and cheesy setting, I highly recommend making the trip out to Sharp's! Their fall season runs through November 8th and the farm is open every weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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