Thursday, October 27, 2011

Come over for some Nevada Day FUN!

Hey, if you are wondering what to do tomorrow when school is out, we have the perfect idea -
 come over to our farm!
 We will be open from 10:00am - 6:00pm. The weather is supposed to be great, and we have some fun events going on tomorrow!
We'll have:
*Free Face Painting by Janet
*A HUGE Pumpkin Raffle - tickets only $1 each - win our last BIG pumpkin!
*$1 Craft Times (pumpkin bead necklace) and Free Storytimes in the Art Barn
*Special Vendor - Cynthia Smalley Photography doing mini photo shoots around the barn!
*and last but not least - FREE Hayrides all day!

We still have small and medium sugar and connecticut field pumpkins for sale, as well as some lumina and cinderella pumpkins, and a few big max.

See you tomorrow and Happy Nevada Day!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Free Puppet Shows!

One of our new things this year has been a puppet show.  It is setup in the back of the barn with hay bales for seating and the horses for a backdrop.  The show is about the 3 little pigs and lasts about 20 minutes long.   
Previously the puppet show cost just a dollar. However, this Saturday the 22nd, all puppet shows are free! They run every 30 minutes between 10am and 3pm, with a break for lunch.

Here is a short video clip of the puppet show.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Unique Pumpkins & The First Frost

It's fun to see the different & unique pumpkins that grow on the farm. In addition to "normal" pumpkins we have lots of "one of a kind" pumpkins! Like this one which is best described by a picture.

Last Friday we had our first frost. After that happens the pumpkin plants wilt and expose all the pumpkins that have been growing under the big leaves. It's neat because it shows just how many pumpkins have been growing.

Scarecrow Contest

A big thanks to 13 local girl scout troops that made scarecrows and still have them displayed them on the farm. They had a contest last Saturday and we got to participate in the judging. It was a great day! All the troops did a great job and are very creative. Our kids favorite was Jack (from Jack in the Box). The scarecrows are looking over the pumpkin patch for the rest of the month. Come check them out!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Welcome to our Pumpkin Patch!

We officially opened on Saturday! We are so excited to be open and to see families come over to have a great time! We have lots of activities set up and a few of them are new or improved.
Come learn how to milk a "cow"...

Try your skills at the cute beanbag toss!

 Lasso and rope a "bull" like a real cowboy/cowgirl!

Come play and slide!

Come inside our kids hay maze!

Play in our NEW Corn shed - a whimsically painted shed full of dried corn to play in like a sand box. Kids love it!

Stop by the market for some treats and home made crafts.

Our traditional pumpkins are priced by size, and our specialty pumpkins are priced by weight.

On Saturdays sign up for our craft times to make something fun for only $1.00!

Come see our new cute and fuzzy bunnies!

And of course, come pick out the PERFECT PUMPKIN!
A "Pumpkin Buck" (one dollar credit) is included with each paid admission and can be combined with other pumpkin bucks from your same party to credit towards your pumpkin purchase.

See you soon!
The Andelin Family

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Almost Open - News and Information

We are getting ready to open in two weeks! Opening day is Saturday October 1st and we will be kicking off with some fun events! We will have free face painting, a huge pumpkin raffle, craft times, and Puppet shows running every half hour! (extra cost on the craft and puppet show, see event calendar for details).

Take a good look at the event calendar  (click the tab at the top of this page). There are lots of extra things going on that you won't want to miss!

New info:
With your paid admission of $5 you will receive a "pumpkin buck" which is a $1 credit towards any pumpkin! Pumpkin bucks may be combined with other family members pumpkin bucks towards a larger pumpkin. Pumpkin bucks must be surrendered at the end of your visit.

We are offering a season family pass this year! It is good during the entire month and will cost $50. This is good for a family of up to 6 people and includes a one time pumpkin buck for up to 6 people. This pass allows you entry to enjoy all barnyard activities, animals, and Art barn. Hay rides, pumpkins and other special activities with a fee are not included.

New Hours:
We are open Tuesday through Thursday 10:00am - 3:00pm and will be open Friday and Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm. We are extending the hours on Friday and Saturday for more weekend fun! We are still closed Sunday and Monday.

New activities: 
We have a hay fort with a slide, and "cow milking" that are new this year! Also a new bean bag toss game, and our corn box has turned into a corn shed! Bigger and better!

New animals: 
We have more chickens and a turkey, bunnies, horses, pigs and emus that are new since last year. Come and meet them!
Horses left to right: Phillip, Cara, Switch, and Tinkerbell

emus: Gandalf and Aragorn

Hampshire pig: Belle

Turkey: Charlie

New treats:
We will be offering more food items to purchase this year, including caramel apples, popcorn, and orange cotton candy! We will also have drinks for sale. 

We are excited for a fun month in October and we know you'll love your experience at our Pumpkin Patch. Please come and join the fall festivities!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Blooming, Growing, Turning.

The pumpkins are doing great! Here is an update of their progress!

Some are Blooming:


Some are growing:

 And some are turning (orange, that is!)

Pretty awesome! Here is the whole field:

Growing this many pumpkins is fun and rewarding, and worth all the hard work! (my kids may not agree with me. They are getting tired of weeding!)

Just about 6 more weeks before opening day! We'll post more information soon!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Keeping Cool

With summer temperatures in the high 90's this week, it's hasn't just been hot for us, the animals have to put up with it too! During the hot afternoon sun, you can find most of them lying in the shade. Some of them, however, take it a step further and find other ways to keep cool :
Bird Bath
Our turkey named Charlie is soaking in his water dish! 

Charlie is only a little over 2 months old, and is growing fast.

Mud Madness!
Our new piglets Belle and Aurora love sitting and rolling in the mud to cool off. Since pigs don't sweat, they depend on water and mud to cool their bodies down.

Here's more pictures of these cute NEW babies!

Belle on left, Aurora on the right. They are Hampshire pigs and are about 2 months old.


So stinkin' cute!

Most of our animals names are "themed". For example, the goats have mythology names, the cows have names from Star Wars, etc. Well we decided to go with Disney princesses for the pigs. (our daughter loves the Disney princesses!)

So what do our kids do to stay cool? Swim and raft in the pond! It's been so fun, it's like having a swimming pool, it's just not as clean and we have to share it with the ducks!

This is especially fun to do after weeding in the pumpkin patch all morning.

I hope you are finding ways to keep cool this summer!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Llama Grooming

Our llama was in need of some "maintenance".  All of our animals require periodic grooming, like the goats and horses hooves are trimmed and they need to be de-wormed. Sometimes there is a snaggly goat horn to trim, even the chickens flight feathers are trimmed occasionally.
In our llamas case it was his teeth that needed trimming and his fur needed to be sheared. The shearing we took upon ourselves, and used scissors to do it. It was a slow process. We put him in a squeeze in his pen and the kids fed him hay while we trimmed away. Cameron on one side and me on the other. We took about a 6 inch layer of fur off him. It is pretty botched and uneven, but I bet he is feeling much cooler!  We need better shears for next time.
The tooth cutting we had our friend Katie do. She has alpacas and is used to maintaining camelids. She is awesome, and so good with animals! I often discuss animals with her and get advice. Anyway, she brought over some cutting wire with handles,  it's like a saw. It took four adults to do it; Cameron and Katie's husband Todd were holding the squeeze and the head rope harness, I was holding the llamas lips open and squirting water on the teeth, and Katie was trimming the excess off the teeth. She just pulled the wire back and forth and it made a notch, then sawed at the notch till it popped off! She took off about 1/2 inch off his front teeth, then trimmed his "fighting teeth" which are on the sides near the back. I never even knew about those teeth!
Anyway, it went pretty quickly, and he also got immunizations at that time.
So Pilgrim is looking and feeling pretty good. He's all set till next year!

Before the tooth and hair cuts


Still long teeth, but much better than before!

Pucker up for a llama kiss!

PS Our dog Saydie got a haircut too - check her out!

After - she is much cooler in the heat too!