What To Do, What To Do 19 Oct 11

Families who are looking for something to do this week when kids are out of school for the annual Education Minnesota conference may want to consider taking a trip to a farm.

Whether it’s an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch, visiting a farm is a great way to experience fall in Minnesota, so says Paul Hugunin, coordinator of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown Program.

Students will be out of school Thursday and Friday, and some will be out beginning today, for the Education Minnesota break.

Hugunin says touring one of the farms listed in the state’s Minnesota Grown directory is a “great way to build family traditions that the children will enjoy, while supporting local farms at the same time.”

The Nelson Farm, in rural Litchfield, is a popular regional destination during fall weekends in September and October. This is the 21st year of the Pumpkin Patch Festival at the family-owned farm, which features farm animals, hay rides, a rope swing in the hay mow, getting lost in a large corn maze and watching pumpkins fly in their “pumpkin chucker flinger thinger,” otherwise known as a trebuchet.

For a complete rundown of options, you can visit minnesotagrown.com.