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New for Fall 2016! We Offer a Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Patch

This year we have a special section of our fields set aside for the "Pick-Your-Own" patch. Just take the shuttle back to the pumpkin field and you'll be able to select just the pumpkin that will fill your needs. We will continue to have wagonloads of prepicked pumpkins up near the pumpkin barn as well as gourds, syrup, honey, corn stalks, woodcraft items, decorative straw bales, refreshements, and much much more for sale. And don't forget the childrens' exploration area. It's back again after being such a popular attraction in it's inaugural year in 2015. So stop by Homestead Animal Farm and pick up just the right pumkin for 2016 and stay for the animals, the hayride, and the maze while you are here! Here's a link to the fall maze season information.

We will continue to offer prepicked pumpkins this year but now also a pick-your-own section of the field.


Homestead Animal Farm is Abuzz With 9 Million New Workers


Yes, you read that right, 9 million new workers. They are honey bees. The bees have arrived and have a new home at the very south end of the pumpkin patch. They will leave at the end of September and be trucked to Florida for the winter and return next spring. (Can honey bees be snowbirds?) They will produce nearly 1/2 ton of honey while they are here. Our new workers will also help pollunate our corn, pumpkins, gourds, gardens, and other crops.

Homestead will offer our own honey for sale in the Pumpkin Barn this fall. We will also have Saintly Syrup maple syrup for the first time along with the traditional pumpkins, gourds, and woodworking products made from wood milled right here on the farm!

Stay tuned for more details about our new products.

Here are some photos of the honey operation.

The hives are unloaded from the flatbed and moved into place by the forklift. Smoke is used to calm the bees.

 The hive was already producing honey on the second day.

A few bees remain behind on the comb.


The Homestead Maze Season is Well Underway

We are off and running with our public fall maze season once again this year. Despite the overcast skies we did a brisk business this last weekend continuing our big start to the annual multi-weekend event. If you haven't stopped by already there is still time to take in the maze, hayrides, pumpkins, Homestead hand-crafted cutting boards and butcher blocks, caramel apples, and visit with all the farm animals. There's no need for reservations during the weekend maze events. Here's the fall public maze info page. And below are some photos of this last weekend's action.