I never felt like more like an organized, Pinterest-mom than I did yesterday. On the FIRST DAY OF FALL, I somehow coordinated an afternoon at a farm with apple picking. (Who am I and what have I become? I don’t totally hate it).
I reached out to Maura at Stowe Farm out in Millbury, MA and asked if she would be willing to host our family for the day, and she very generously agreed! Maura was so great, she welcomed us with open bags for apple picking and plenty of tokens for the numerous attractions Stowe Farm has to offer.
If you are looking for an apple picking excursion that includes TONS of activities for your kids, then Stowe Farm is really worth checking out. Upon arrival, we were greeted by over two dozen beautiful horses just hangin’, lickin’ some sugar cubes (they offer horseback riding lessons if you are into that). We walked in to the farm area and were blown away by all of the attractions the farm offered, which includes:
- Feeding the animals (Goats and baby goats, pigs and piglets, and miniature horses*- and more that I definitely missed because we were pretty into the piglet)
- Bunny house
- Bounce house/ inflatable slide
- Horseback riding
- Rock wall climbing
- Mechanical bull (!!!)
- Hay ride (plenty of haunted scenery going on)
- Moo-Choo train
- Gem Mining
- Guest visits (PJ Masks were there yesterday. Love me some Owlette).
- BBQ Food Truck
- Angry Orchard Brewing! (Get an adult bevvie and really go to town)
- Leo, the adorbs American Bulldog who has his own book written by Maura and illustrated by a little girl who works at the farm and hangs up at the Token booth signing autographs
Maddy was straight up IN HEAVEN. As parents of a very active eight year old girl, we were in heaven too. Any place that has THAT MANY physical activities for children gets an A+ in our book (tiring her out is a full time job). She was hesitant to try the rock wall at first, but after her first attempt she was hooked. She loved the mechanical bull and was actually quite good at it, which honestly is a little concerning for us as parents for when she goes to Nashville for a bachelorette party when she’s older (Basiiiiiiic).
Jack is obviously on the younger side, but Stowe Farm does not discriminate towards toddlers. The playground was perfect for him and he LOVED hanging with all the animals (check out my Instagram for a video of Jack meeting the pigs. OD cuteness). My favorite moment of the day was probably they hayride we took at the end, it was just the four of us and we got to relax- for a minute.
We did all of the farm stuff first and then ventured to the apple orchard. It’s a really beautiful space up on a hill with great views of the whole farm. The apples were/are delicious and HUGE! Greg gave Jack an apple to munch on and he legit did not let that thing go for like two hours. Our fam has been on an apple kick lately, so this trip really sealed the deal.
The whole day was just awesome. I definitely hype up family outings like this, big fall excursions, and they always fall short of what I expected. But yesterday was an exception; Stowe Farm was filled to the brim with fun stuff for the kids and everyone was happy the entire time. I repeat: Everyone was happy the entire time.
If you need a great spot for apple picking and kid/farm activities, you have to check this place out! We will absolutely be back next fall. Thank you Maura for hosting us!
*MAYBE IT WAS LIL SEBASTIAN!!! (only Parks & Rec fans will get this)