Monday, October 23, 2017

Hashtag Fall Goals

Roll up your flannel sleeves and settle in with your pumpkin spice latte, I'm about to recap the Saturday morning of your dreams.

Jonathan and I have been propping babies against pumpkins for years. We used to make it a point to stop by local piles of gourds that were just asking for the perfect pose. However, we'd never visited a real life, grown-on-site pumpkin patch. Miracle Farms Market is located in Bodcaw, about 20 minutes outside of Hope. I'd heard it associated with authentic farm fun and it seemed right up my autumnal alley, but their "fall fun days" are limited to October Saturday mornings. I simply did not make time for it in years past, but we had it scribbled into the 2017 planner.

It was a bit of a drive from our house, so we left in the stillness of the early weekend. The kids were excited to see a farm, and I was excited about quality time in the fresh air. When the highway turned to a winding country road and eventually a dirt trail, I knew we were close. We were greeted by the kindest owners and employees, who treated us like family and seemed genuinely excited that we were interested in their farm. The kids loved what was dubbed the country playground, darting in and out of round bales and making corn angels. They kicked up the dusty ground with every move and went from clean to dirty in record time.

They didn't think twice about it, though, and I loved watching them run wild and free.

The farm tour started with us climbing up a hay-lined trailer attached to an old John Deere. We rode past the huge chicken coop and picked out the breeds we recognized, and watched Nora's brain figure out how the cute sheep were "used for meat." Outside of our small-time operation, the kids had never seen a farm of this scale. They paid close attention and looked closely at every detail.

We enjoyed some locally grown and processed burgers, then made our way through the corn maze. It was a bit short because it hasn't rained in months, but we still managed to get lost. There were plenty of dead ends... and Nora was navigating. Finally each kid picked a small pumpkin with plans of painting it at home, and we loaded up in the car, covered in dust and completely satisfied.

We learned the market is open Saturday mornings from May to October and I'm already eager to see what it looks like stocked full of peak season produce.

I couldn't wipe the smile off my face the whole time I was there. It was all of my lifestyle dreams wrapped up in acreage that's been passed down for generations. It was as self-sufficient as it gets with a market boasting everything from homemade soap to raw milk. Do yourself a favor and head that way Saturday morning if you live close to me. This will be the final event of the year, and you don't want to miss it. Admission is just five bucks per person and that gets you on all the activities, plus the tour.

This has been Jessica's Stamp of Approval {tm} in helping you meet all your fall Instagram goals. You are welcome.

Happy Monday, y'all!

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