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Summers Farm

Summers Farm
5620 Butterfly Ln
Frederick, MD 21703
http://summersfarm.com
 

Last Sunday we took a road trip up 270 to check out the fall festival at Summers Farm in Frederick. It was our first time visiting and I must say we were very impressed with everything they had to offer! It had a great fall atmosphere and was not overly crowded.

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As we were driving up to the entrance, the girls got excited when they saw the large area filled with all sorts of fun activities.

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Clara first spotted the animals and wanted to go visit them right away. We bought animal feed at the entrance, so she was ready to feed the goats.

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In addition to goats, they also have ducks, geese, chickens, llamas, pigs, and miniature horses.

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After checking out all the animals, we continued to make our way around to all the other activities including the spider web climb, giant jumping pillow, tube slides, and apple blaster.

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The pumpkin train was a big hit with my girls, since it is something we haven’t seen at any other farms yet. A little bumpy for me but fun was had by all!

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The list of attractions continues – there is a playground area with animal swings, right-hand only maze, football and baseball toss games, pumpkin hut, corn cribs, tether ball, hip-hop balls, and rubber duck races.

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There are two corn mazes – a short and a long. We opted for the short maze, since it is more suitable for the younger crowd. Clara was excited about finding each number along the way. The longer and more challenging maze spans 14 acres and includes 2.5 miles of pathways.

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It was a hot day when we were at Summers Farm last weekend, so my girls were tired after just a couple hours of running around. Although, there were definitely enough activities to keep them busy for much longer. We didn’t end up going for a hayride to pick our own pumpkins but we did grab a pumpkin at the market before leaving. They also make amazing apple cider donuts that are for sale in the market. You must try them!

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Additional Information:

•Admission is $6.95 on weekdays, $10.95 on weekends. Kids 2 and under are free.
•Lots of food options available at the Barnyard Grill, Sweet Shoppe, and Feed Sack.
•The farm is open at night in the fall and you can reserve a campfire ($65) for roasting hotdogs or s’mores.
•The farm is spread out, so I recommend bringing a stroller for little ones. There aren’t any paths but it is still easy enough to push a stroller throughout the property.
•Portable restrooms only.
•Summers Farm also offers field trips and birthday parities on site.



Great Country Farms

Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road
Bluemont, VA 20135
http://www.greatcountryfarms.com
 

Great Country Farms is a 200 acre working farm located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains outside the village of Bluemont, Virginia. It is about an hour drive from Washington, DC. The girls and I ventured out there last week to meet our friends at the farm for an afternoon of fun.

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After mentioning to Clara that they have a giant jumping pillow, she insisted that we go there first. We spent a good amount of time here bouncing, running, and giggling.

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Next, Clara asked to see the animals. My girls both LOVE animals and will have a great time when we go anywhere that has animals. Great Country Farms has turkeys, pigs, goats, mini horses, rabbits, peacocks, ducks, chickens, and sheep. There is animal feed available to purchase for feeding the goats.

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Then we took the kids over to the playground area. There are a few different structures to play on including a ship, tractor, and a monster truck. There is also a corn bin, a giant chess board, and tube slides.

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Then it was time to go apple picking. I purchased a Certifikid deal for admission and it also included 2 lbs of apples. The wagon for apple picking leaves at the top of every hour. It takes guests across the street and into the Bluemont Vineyard property, which is owned by the same family.

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The view is absolutely stunning with the orchards at the base of the hill and the vineyard towards the top.

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There were a few different varieties of apples available to pick including Fuji, Ruby John, Honey Crisp, and Jonafree. We decided to pick the Fuji and they were delicious.

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As usual, Clara did all the picking while Mae munched on an apple.

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The wagon waits until everyone has returned from picking and then takes all the guests back to the entrance of Great Country Farms.

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On our way out, we stopped at the farm market to pay for our apples and get a few other goodies. The market offers seasonally fresh produce, local honey, jams, gifts, and snacks.

Of course we had to get the obligatory photo with the giant cow before leaving.

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I definitely recommend a trip to Great Country Farms. It is well worth the drive from the city. There are enough activities to keep children busy for several hours. You could also make it a day trip and visit some of the family friendly vineyards in the area.

Additional information:

•Admission is $8/child (ages3-10) & $10/adult on weekdays. $10/child (ages 3-10) & $12/adult on festival weekends. Children under 2 years, active & retired military, CSA, and Fan of the Farm season pass holders, do not pay admission.
•The farm is spread out, so bring a stroller for little ones. There are paths throughout making it stroller friendly.
•CSA memberships available.
•Pick-your-own produce includes cherries, black raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, plums, peaches, blackberries, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, potatoes, concord grapes, pumpkins, kale, swiss chard, & mustard greens.
•Follow Great Country Farms on Facebook & Twitter for updated pick-your-own availability.
•Roosteraunt is open on weekends and serves up cider donuts, kettle corn, hotdogs, pies and other snacks.
•The farm also offers weddings, corporate meetings, birthday parities, and field trips.