A day at Young's Jersey Dairy

I had heard about Young's for years, but never made it out to the Springfield-area Jersey farm until this weekend. My partner in crime, Mo, wanted to do something pumpkiny and we kept finding out that the places we wanted to go were not U-pick. We really wanted to pick our own and do the whole wagon ride experience, because...I can get a pumpkin myself from a grocery store. This weekend was their 39th annual Fall Farm Festival.

One shattered phone screen, 34 minutes of carseat wrangling (3-wide, folks! That is no freaking joke!), and coffee in hand, we headed out. Leaving from UA, it did not take us long to get there at all. We pulled into the farm less than an hour later. I would highly recommend going as early as you can. The activities for the festival did not start until 11:00, but we got in some of the regular farm sights before all of that and got a killer parking space. The farm opens at 7:00, so you can get there to see the animals, play in the pumpkin patch, get some snacks (or breakfast ice cream?) and buy your tickets for everything you will do for the day. By 12:00, the shop was swamped and the lines were long.

The kids loved playing on the tractors and running down the aisles of pumpkins.

 this kids loves balls. So, he thought this field of them was amazing.

You can buy a handful of goat feed for 25 cents or a huge cup of it for 2.50. We went with the huge cups and then a rowdy goat swiped and guzzled it. Oops.

sharing with her brother is so stressful

I loved going inside the animal barn. We were watching the cows outside when suddenly they all ran in for feeding time. It was nice to get there before others so we could get some fun 1-1 time with the animals.

The wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch is actually free, but you pay $8 per pumpkin. To save a little cash, next time we will pick out one "family" pumpkin from the patch and enjoy the ride.  As you can tell, the little wagons were a hit. Getting our picture taken in one was not.

The Kiddie Corral was my favorite part because I love any area that corrals my kids so they are safely in one spot. It cost $6 for Larkyn to play on everything there and unlimited rides on the barrel train ("Moover and Shaker"). The Corral had all the items that Larkyn especially loves; small bouncy house, corn bin, slides, putt putt, and ride-on toys. Rhys was really into the ride-on toys, and Santa may have to find these little tractors somewhere. The Kiddie Corral is a regular feature, not just a Fall Fest activity.

Close to the Kiddie Corral, I noticed a birthday party set up. This place would be an AMAZING birthday venue. If only my kids' birthdays weren't during freezing temperatures.

Because our kids are little and it was starting to get crowded, we skipped several activities so that we wouldn't miss out on food. Another time and when the kids are older, there is a giant slide, batting cages, full putt putt course, and a corn maze. Now, to the food!

All I have wanted since the calendar turned to October is a pumpkin donut. It happened.

There was no way we were waiting in the mile-long ice cream shop line, but they were awesome enough to sell little pints outside of the store with almost no line. There were also burgers, BBQ, cheese curds, and incredible apple dumplings a la mode, and pretty caramel apples. The curds were way too much for me, but those donuts. They were freshly made in front of us and warm in the bag.

I would go out to Young's again. Next time, I'd get there at 10:00 and buy all our tickets. We wouldn't pay for two U-picks, we would pack a picnic (there are tons of tables) and then treat ourselves to all the amazing desserts. There is a long list of special events throughout the year, so you should check it out even if you missed the Fall Fest.

Young's Jersey Dairy
6880 Springfield-Xenia Road
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
(937) 325-0629

1 comment:

Nana said...

What wonderful, fun photos! I used to drag your father to Young's Dairy in September to the Wool Gathering, which is all the fields you went to but all dedicated to yarn, designers and all things wool. Tent after tent filled with the latest and greatest yarns known to man. I didn't go this year because he went with me the last couple years and it was too soon to go without him. His treat? Of course the biggest ice cream cone ever dipped! That's probably how all the wives got their husbands to go with them. My husband went to monitor the amount of money spent on yarn that I didn't need!

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