One word. In last week’s blog post, I wrote that “engagement” is the word I’ve decided to focus on for 2016. The big question is, “How can we make our little pumpkin farm more engaging for guests of all ages?”
Each year we try to add new facilities, activities and attractions. Here’s a recap of what we’ve done to date:
2012 1st pumpkin crop was planted; pumpkin painting workshops were offered
2013 Barn was raised; Playground was added; The Market opened; Trails were cleared through Happy Hollow
2014 Goat bridge and Snack Shack were built
2015 Gepetto’s Workshop opened; Marketplace Café was added with full-sized kitchen
2016 COMING SOON… Belle’s Tower!
I’m so excited about finishing Belle’s Tower on the top level of our barn! With 960 square feet of finished space, we’ll have lots of space for special events. This cozy space will also feature a fireplace and area rugs. (NOTE: You can rent it for family gatherings or business meetings in the off season!) This may sound strange, but I’m most excited about the storage areas being designed so all of crafting supplies will be neatly organized and out of sight! I’m eager to select window treatments and hang pictures on the wall. I’ll be turning cartwheels when this project is complete!
Before I can pick out flooring and window treatments, however, I must get my seed order finalized. It’s hard to believe we’re planning our fifth crop year! During these cold winter days, I’ve been thinking warm thoughts while perusing through seed catalogs and sipping on lattes. We believe that planting 20+ varieties of pumpkins makes picking more fun for our customers!
What else makes our pumpkin patch an engaging experience? Last season we offered a canvas painting class, and it was such a hit that we’re putting another one our 2016 schedule. Based on your feedback, we’ll also add a canvas painting class for kids. Now that our kitchen is finished, we can hold cooking demos and food workshops. I think it would be fun to do cooking workshops with kids, too.
One of our guests suggested that we add a corn pool, so kids can “load” trucks with grain. I know my own kids enjoyed doing that when they were younger, so we’re looking into this.
What else would make Enchanted Acres more attractive to your family? Please leave your ideas in the comment section or feel free to send me a direct message. The best ideas come from you!