Pumpkin Farming in Churchville


My daughter’s preschool class had their annual trip to Harman’s Farm Market in Churchville today and they had a great time. Paula Harman does a nice job of making the outing an event for the kids who visit her family’s farm and she has a knack for holding their attention. She gave the 3-year-olds and their parents a hay ride to a back field where she had rows of hay bales set up like ampitheater seating. The kids all sat there quietly listening to Paula talk about what it’s like for her sons David and Daniel to grow up on a farm. The kids raised their hands to help guess what the Harman boys’ first words were (tractor and moo). She told them about the types of things her family grows at the farm and how when a haze rings the moon, farmers take that as a sign it’s going to rain in a few days. The kids soaked it all in until she gave them the go-ahead to each choose two little pumpkins from a collection scattered in a nearby field. Then she gave everyone a ride back up front where the kids could run through the hay bale maze and play on a swingset while she poured cups of cider for them and offered them pretzels and cookies. My daughter adores the hay bale maze. She would have been happy to spend the whole visit there. It’s just high enough for her to peek her head over to see where she wants to try to go. And it’s far less intimidating than those corn mazes that tower over my head. The field trip cost $4.50 a person but if you stop by to visit on your own, it costs $2 to run through the maze. They offer hay rides to the pumpkin patch on weekends. Pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, apples and a variety of other produce, jams and ciders are sold in the barn building facing Churchville Road. Tomorrow, my daughter is scheduled to visit Brad’s Produce, just around the corner from Harman’s, with her church group. After that, I think we better get busy with some pumpkin carving.