“What I learned growing up on the farm was a way of life that was centered on hard work, and on faith and on thrift. Those values have stuck with me my whole life.”

Rick Perry

I’ve written about Ellms Family Farm (448 Charlton Rd, Ballston Spa) before, they host a few events including OktoBEERfest that I went to last year. I’ve never been there to experience their general Fall activities so when I saw a LivingSocial deal, I decided to give it a go. The $15 price included 30 pounds worth of pumpkin, 2 ciders and 2 donuts as well as entrance into the farm. There was a lot to do there but most of the events were for 10 and under. They had a robotic chicken show that I do admit was pretty entertaining but no something I would seriously take time out of my day to watch. There was a huge inflatable pillow to jump on but I’m pretty sure if I joined in with the 20 10-somethings that were on there, they would have flown off.

I was excited about the zip line until I saw that if I jumped off the podium, I could’ve walked the whole thing and I highly doubt it would have held my weight. There was also rubber duck racing and tricycle racing, again not something I wanted to take away from a little kid. The coolest thing was the corn box which was a sandbox full of corn kernels. It seemed like a cool way for your kid to play in that kind of atmosphere but no need to brush all of that pesky dirt off. Overall, I felt way too old to find much of anything to do. My friends and I checked out the couple of goats and chickens they had and laid in the spider rope web that was pretty comfortable but other than that we were at a loss. We ended up grabbing our cider and donuts and they were pretty delicious. The only problem was that apples apparently bring bees so be cautious of that when you’re around because they were almost everywhere and I HATE bees.

The main attraction is the corn maze which seemed to be the sole thing for our age group to take part in. They only sent groups out at specific times so we ended up waiting for about 10 minutes before they decided we could go. We were given a map with a crossword puzzle and a grid of blank squares. We were to look for signs that had the answers to our crossword puzzle as well as mailboxes that had pieces of the grid that ended up being the map of the maze. That maze was very difficult. We ended up in the same corner of the maze for most of the time we were there. I have no idea how to get out of there. At one point, we even cheated and looked up the overhead map of maze to try to follow it and it didn’t help. We gave up on trying to find the answers to the puzzle as well as the missing grid pieces and just wanted to get out. It would’ve been a lot of fun except for the fact that it started to rain and believe me being stuck in a corn maze is the last place you want to be when it starts to rain. We finally gave up on the maze, found a way to cheat our way out of it and decided we were done. We picked a really great pumpkin to carve later and left before the rain started to come down harder.

I don’t mean for this blog to sound like this isn’t a great place, it is. The only problem for us bunch of 20-somethings is that this is a great place to bring your kids unless you have the patience to spend the entire afternoon in a corn maze. If you have children and looking for something to do next Fall, this is a great place that’s relatively cheap to bring them and you can pick out your pumpkin for Halloween! It’s closed for the season now, but next year, check it out with the kids and who knows, maybe they’ll have something new there for you to try!

Don’t know where you’re getting your Christmas Tree yet? Check out Ellms Family Farm! ELLMS’ CHRISTMAS TREES WILL BE OPEN FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 Monday-Friday 10:30-4:45 & Saturday & Sunday 9:00-4:45. Northland Newfoundland Club will bring its “Newfies” to take trees to cars on Sunday, December 9, 10AM-1PM.


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