Monday, October 25, 2010

Ackerman Farms

A few weeks ago we met other families from our twin group at Ackerman Farms in Morton. I never knew the place existed before. It is a small family farm that has been passed down through the generations for over 100 years.

Our day started with a fun time of the owner explaining all the different types of pumpkins and gourds and what they are best used for. Obviously our kids were a little young for this but it will be a neat experience for them when they are older. For now, they enjoyed wandering the grounds and smacking all the different sized pumpkins.

We then loaded up his double trailer and he took us on a hay rack ride through his apple orchard and pumpkin patch. A few years ago strong winds came through and within 10 minutes, 500 trees were damaged. They are still recovering. As far as pumpkins, they pick over 500,000 alot of which go to the local Libby pumpkin plant.

Last, we walked through the family grounds to see their animals. Chickens, roosters, peacocks, goats, bunnies, pigs, and a few others. This was fun because we had been working on animal noises. So every time we went to a new cage, they would practice making another sound. At the end, we got a nice grab bag that included a mini pumpkin they have been carrying around when we play outside and a nice coloring book. They enjoyed lunch in their stroller before heading home, at which point a very friendly kitty decided to join them!

That was all fine and dandy until the kitty tried to jump down! Look closely...

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