Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fairy Tale Farming

Past the Austin city limits on a winding road over hilly country is a lovely place called Sweet Berry Farm where cheerful farmers wear neon safety vests and no one steps in manure.

Sweet Berry Farm  becomes a fake farm every fall, because fake farms are very popular in October.  They swarm with pumpkins, good will and face painting.  Fake farms do not need government payments for not producing pumpkins. They break out rusty tractors to pull open trailers full of hale bales and sneezing children.

Somehow you feel compelled 
to buy food to feed their greedy goats


You are lured into trailers by enticing and oddly shaped vegetables to sit on scratchy hay bales

The youngest are lulled to sleep by the sounds of 
slurping cider and pockets being emptied of money

The fields are full of zinnias, 
but they may actually be poppies in disguise 
because we all felt a little high after strolling through

When I grow up, I'm going to live on a fake farm


Holly said...

Oh don't be ridiculous! You know you're never going to grow up. Where are you? Are you really outside of Austin? I believe you forgot to tell me again that you were leaving town.

Michelle Teacress said...

Those are beautiful pics of your family. What lovely flowers! Have a great week, Laraine. :)

just call me jo said...

I love those places even though they do suck your pockets dry. (Why do we say that? Are our pockets wet when filled with money?) I lived on a REAL farm. I love farms. Farms where you don't feed goats until they pop. Love zinnias.

Dixie Mom said...

Me too.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Those fake farms are fun. :) We have one in our area that doesn't have goats, but includes a bunny petting pen and a moon walk. Last year they sold fresh corn that was so sweet you didn't have to cook it before eating it! Yum!

Sue said...

I'm a fake farm girl all the way.


Connie said...

Lovely fake farm, the atmosphere is what it's all about. Well, that and all the money they make off of unsuspecting guests.

Those zinnias are gorgeous though. I will have to put them on my list for my garden next year.

Anna M said...

Corrin's hair is gorgeous!

I want a small, fake farm that takes care of itself. Is that too much to ask?

karen said...

Nothing better than a trailer filled with oddly shaped vegetables and scratchy hay bales! The zinnia fields were gorgeous, as were those family-looking people in the pictures.

Sam and Melissa said...

Oh I loved these pictures. Especially the one of Mark and Jossilyn. What a beautiful family. Also, I can't tell you how much I LOVE the swaddle blankets you sent with my mom. They are the only ones that work with Jenna! They are the perfect size and stretchiness. She can get out of every other blanket we have tried! Any sleep I get I owe to you :) Thank you so much (also, can't wait to put her in that adorable little outfit!)

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Larainy, this is so awesome! We have so many of those where I used to live ... I love fake farms. Their homemade jam tastes good too. Not living in farm country now; I need to travel 2 hours to get to one and that is just too much effort.

What a fun family day for you guys.

Happy Autumn-time.

Kathy M.

corners of my life said...

Great family outing.

Pondside said...

Fake Farm...I love it! I'd like to have a farm full of zinnias and pumpkins and visiting little ones - but even a fake farm sounds like way too much work!