Prairie Home Farm
Written by Jennifer Haler
We take the kids to a pumpkin patch every year and this year we decided to try a new one. It can be so much fun watching the kids pick out their own pumpkins so we loaded up the kids and headed out to Hayden where the Prairie Home Farm is located. It was very easy to find and easy to park at.
Walking in is a short distance and the farm is decorated with antique farming equipment. This gives some nice photo opportunities and lends a charming feel to the farm. We stopped at the entrance and paid $2/person for access to the farm. We also purchased a bag of feed for the animals. This was one of the big reasons we chose to go to this farm. We love animals and any opportunity my kids get to feed and be around something that they aren’t around often is jumped at. The feed bags were large plastic bags filled with smaller bags labeled for the animal the food went to. There was feed for ducks, chickens, rabbits, horses, pigs, goats, cats, dogs, etc.
Two things made me instantly give this farm thumbs up. One; we were told right away to recycle the plastic bags. They get reused and there were several spots around the farm where you could drop them off. I am a huge environmentalist so this made me happy as recycling still seems to be a new practice in this area. Second; there were signs everywhere and we were verbally told to be careful while feeding the animals as they have teeth. Every single animal on that farm was well-behaved but it is easy for animals to get excited for food and if you are not holding things or dropping things the correct way a n accident could happen.
We paid for our stuff, grabbed an old Radio Flyer wagon and headed off to the pumpkin patch. The farm is set up in a loop so you end up back at the pay station when you are done. We started off taking some photos of the kids near the old farm decorations and then got to meet the horses. Oh, my gosh! I miss riding horses. Being able to pet them and smell that horse smell was wonderful. (I realize not everyone will understand the concept of enjoying the earthiness of horse, but I love it). The horses knew what to expect and came right up to the fence looking for the goodies. One of the goats came running up as well. We fed and snuggled the animals for a bit and then moved on.
The pumpkin patch was next. This was smaller than many we have been to but was nice. This would be a wonderful one if you have any toddlers with those little legs.
After the kids picked out their perfect pumpkins, we took a couple of photos in the small corn stalk area and then continued on the loop.
The remainder of the walk was feeding the rest animals that were interested in eating. All of the animals were friendly; some were full and others were anxious for food. The pigs were huge and lots of fun to see.
The kids all got a turn on a tree swing and then we took a glance in the barn. It was set up for storytelling hour. There is a designated time for this and we were not there for it, but it looked like fun with hay bales set up as seats.
After that we were ready to head out. On the way we stopped and purchased some homemade treats in support of the Girl Scouts, we paid for our pumpkins, returned the radio flyer and headed on home. The price for the pumpkins was very comparable to what would be paid in the grocery stores.
Overall, we had a great time on the farm. Usually, we go to farms further away and it was enjoyable to have one so close. We loved the animals, everyone there was very nice and we got to pick out some great pumpkins. Now all we need to do is carve them.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.