Farm Life

What’s really great about rural living is the farm life. Now that the heat wave is relenting a bit (meaning that the temperatures are staying under 100°F), we are starting to take Klara to visit local farms. The one we visited today had a beautiful white pony, donkeys, Guinea fowl, a baby cow, and a bunch of goats. Klara was over the moon about the goats.

There are also beautiful hiking trails on the farm but they are of no use for us with a toddler.

We are planning to go to a farm with llamas next, and then to an apple farm.

I thought I’d hate living in a rural area, but now I totally love it. I’ll have six or seven trips this academic year, and that’s quite enough for me in terms of seeing crowds and hanging out in more populated areas. I actually loved it that there were few people on the farm today. Ten years ago, I really missed big-city crowds. And now I’m all about empty spaces.

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5 thoughts on “Farm Life”

  1. This is clearly a farm designed to accommodate visitors as well as carry out the actual arduous work of farming. Does it charge an admissions fee, or does it have a souvenir shop where visitors might spend some money on their way out?

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    1. Neither. Everything is free and there’s nothing to buy. 🙂

      I think they make money from people renting the barn for weddings and concerts. But otherwise, there is not a cash register in sight.

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    2. “a farm designed to accommodate visitors”

      Didn’t you see the Kiwanis sign? It’s probably barely a farm at all and primarily designed to give town kids a taste of country life.

      for others: Kiwanis is one of the ‘service clubs’ that were founded in the First third of the 20th century in the American Midwest (possibly part of the populist-civic backlash against the excesses of the gilded age) that have since gone international. Similar groups would include Junior Chamber of Commerce (jaycees) and the Lions.

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      1. They do grow stuff but it’s for local food pantries. Many of the animals are on loan from local owners. So it does seem to be more of a fun place than anything else. It’s very well thought out. There are toys and tricycles lying around all over the place for kids to play.

        We are going to a real working farm next weekend if the weather permits.

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