By Abbey Doyle
The Herald Bulletin
PENDLETON, Ind. —
Looking for the perfect pumpkin, a hayride and hot apple cider?
A favorite fall destination is Pendleton’s Smith Family Farms. There is a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, playground, corn maze and other activities. The farm is open during the fall to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. During the week the farm is a destination for school field trips, one of the owners, Linda Smith, said.
There is a $4 admission to the pumpkin patch which includes a hayride, the petting zoo, corn maze, playground and other entertainment. There are fall favorite foods like caramel apples, apple cider and pumpkin treats as well as traditional fare like hamburgers and beef barbecue made with beef from the farm’s cows, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn and candy.
“It is a working farm so my husband and sons are constantly doing something around the farm,” Smith said. “We wanted to do this as a way to promote agriculture to children and teach them about farming.”
The pumpkin patch was started by Smith’s son Neal and daughter-in-law Jennifer Smith.
“We teach people how we things are harvested and how they are used to go back to feed the animals,” Smith said. “The kids who come out have a great time. We are a real kid friendly place and families can come and stay as long as they’d like.”
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