This week I experienced a right of passage for every parent: I went on my first field trip with my oldest son’s preschool class. It’s October, so naturally we were heading to a pumpkin patch!
Our destination was Hackman’s Farm Market in Columbus, Indiana. While I’ve often purchased their products at their stand at our local farmer’s market, I had never actually visited their farm prior to this week. Located just off State Street on the south side of town (and just a few miles from I-65), it’s nestled in among other fields. Greeted by a large, weathered old barn, I knew we were in for a good time.
At Hackman’s, the experience goes well beyond just picking a pumpkin from the patch. You can pet farm animals, run through the corn maze, and check out all their other produce and products in their market. Little ones can crawl through their straw maze or play in the playhouse. But of course, the pumpkins are a highlight, complete with hay ride to and from the field.
If you’re looking for a spot to take in all of fall’s bounty, from rolling hills to gobbling turkeys to bright orange pumpkins, then put Hackman’s on your list. Their fall festival runs throughout this weekend, where pony rides, live music, face painting and bounce houses will also be featured. You can keep up with them on Facebook or call the farm at 812.376.6345.
Photo by Nicole Wiltrout.