Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lil' Monsters in NYC: Check Out Queens County Farm

Whenever I need for the family to take some time out from our fast paced days of repetitive activity, one of our favorite places to go is Queens County Farm. It has always reminded me of the Zuckermans farm from the story Charlotte's W.E.B.  I find it to be the perfect place for the boys to experience farm life (It's the only active running farm in NYC) and it only requires a 35 minute bus ride (working on getting that car). CJ's school takes the students on field trips there every year and in the past they have gotten to milk the cows, go on hay rides, pick pumpkins, get lost and found in a Corn Maize Maze, feed goats and play in the pens with the baby piglets. The Queens County Farm is now selling its very own wines from grapes grown in the vineyard at the farm. This is the only commercial vineyard in New York City. and it also sells eggs, honey, plants and gifts. You can also find them selling merchandise at the Union Square Farmers Market.

I promised a few weekends ago to share pictures from one of their festivals in Sept, so take a peak and mosey on down to check it out for yourself. I promise you'll love it's charm!

Queens County Farm Museum73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, New York 11004-1129
(718) 347-3276

We started off our day with the cutest pig races. Some of the featured contestants had names that CJ thought were hysterical: Pork Vader (Darth Vader) and Kevin Bacon. When CJ was two he called pigs by the name of his favorite breakfast staple "Bacon".

After the races we headed off to the petting zoo so that the kids could get up close and personal with some of the barnyard animals. Some animals got a little closer than others!

This pig seemed to know the lettuce was for him and needed to have a conversation with Tristan about handing it over promptly.Tristan thought it was hysterical, I couldn't believe he didn't burst into tears.

Tristan decides the pig could have it after all.

Emily loved the Guinea Pigs and tried to carry one off.

The grown ups were just as excited for the rides as CJ was.

It wouldn't be a County Fair without a few, make you dizzy, fun rides.

or without the yummy treats!

This just proves I'm not the only one who is reminded of this childhood, classic farm story when visiting.
The gift shop was adorable and their were perfect gifts for everyone.

Loving the speckled knitted chicks.


There were also separate vendors who had cute knick- knacks and fabulous vintage stuff, like this stunning pearl bib necklace

The babies had a great time playing with their prizes they won fishing with their dads.
Chris knew if the babies could do it he could too.

So long farm, we had a great time!

Hope you decide to check out the Queens County Farm there are still a few more events before the year is up:

  • October 30th is the Children's Fall festival 11am-4pm
  • October 29th, 30th and 31st check out the haunted house 4pm-7pm
  • November 5th and 6th 12th and 13th Wildlife Weekends 11am-4pm
  • November 4th, 5th and 11th Eighteenth century tavern nights 8pm
  • December 3rd-24th Christmas tree and poinsettia's for sale
  • December 3rd and 4th wreath making workshops 10am, 12pm and 2pm
  • December 26th, 27th and 28th Holiday Open House 12pm-4pm
Bunches of Xoxo's,

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