Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pumpkins & Fall: Ganyard Farm

Updated 10/8/2010

It's the fall. Halloween is around the corner. You need a pumpkin. But you don't want just any pumpkin, you want to pick it out with your lovie, maybe get a hayride in, and experience the Fall.

Enter Ganyard Hill Farm.

When we went, C was little. Not even sitting. But I could tell he loved it. I certainly loved it!

It isn't cheap to get in at $12.50 per person over the age of 2. But that includes everything on the farm and your pumpkin (1 pumpkin per paid admission).

You can picnic on the grounds as they have ample benches and tables. They have carnivorous pigs here (do not stick your hands through those gates!), cows, and goats. The hayrides are a blast and long; and you can go as many times as you want. There is a big hay stack for climbing that also has a bumpy tunnel slide in it. There is a hay maze, too, that is short and for the kids.

The best part is the corn crib, though. This is a big, deep pit of dried corn kernels that children of all ages love (don't think about the germs!).

Each year have gone we picked our own pumpkins. Well, I use that phrase lightly. One year Farmer Ganyard had obviously picked up some pumpkins and moved them to sit near the pumpkin vines when we were there. I imagine the pumpkins were still grown on the premises, just moved for our convenience (I hope).

Ganyard is a great place. Close and it has everything you want. But it is such a great place that it is very popular with school field trips. Worth calling ahead to make sure you aren't there with hoards of elementary school kids when you go.

Ganyard Hill Farm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Sun 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
319 Sherron Rd.,
Durham, NC 27703



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