Last month at the Dairy Farmers of America Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO my husband and I by chance (or more like Providence 🙂 ) met a wonderful couple who have changed our farm tour business forever. Upon meeting this couple we found out that they operate a pumpkin patch and tours on their farm in Conway, MO called Gunter Farms Pumpkin Patch. I, of course, piped right up and started peppering them with questions and exchanging ideas about our dairy tour / pumpkin farm businesses.
What an amazingly sweet couple they were! They stood and talked to us for almost two hours about the in’s and out’s of their pumpkin patch operation. One thing that we were especially excited about was the Barrel Train rides that they offer – we had seen these in action before and thought they were SOOOO COOL! They told us that their son designed and built these for their farm. My husband got the son’s number and called him right away. Fast forward a month, and woah-la………we are now proud owners of 12 super fun barrel train cars!!!!
On Wednesday, we were able to surprise our first Spring Dairy Tour group of the season (140 kindergarteners) with our brand spankin’ new barrel trains! What a hit they were! We are so excited to be able to share them this fall as well during Country Pumpkins with our guests where we will be offering Barrel Train rides (for kids) along with hayrides for the whole family. It’s an exciting year ahead!
Yay! Today I’m excited to share a photo of the latest project I have completed that we will be debuting during our Spring Dairy Tours this year! Our first dairy tour this spring will be a group of approximately 225 people from a local school that is coming out later this month. We’ve been preparing for all the fun for several months already.
I enjoyed painting this wooden hopscotch set for the kids to play on during Spring Dairy Tours and Country Pumpkins this fall. It was a little more basic and not quite as detailed as the last painting projects that I did! Each rectangle measures 16 x 24 inches (except for the arch piece at the end), and was primed and then painted with two coats of exterior paint. We are looking forward to this being a colorful and fun addition to our agritourism business for years to come! Hopefully in a few weeks, I’ll be able share photos of the kids playing on it. 🙂
One very fun job that I have at Alpine Hills Dairy Farm is doing the marketing for our Dairy Tours and Country Pumpkins Fall Festival. We are really excited about some improvements that we will be making for this fall – last week I began work on one of them!
After buying all the supplies and paint I would need, I started a large painting project last Thursday! So far, it’s kept me extremely busy and has been quite a learning experience. First of all, I wasn’t even sure it would turn out (I’ve never done a painting this large before)…..there were a couple discouraging days until I could see it starting to come together. Can’t wait to debut this project along with many more to come this fall!
Yesterday I was able to mostly finish my first painting while watching my 3-year-old nephew, Caleb, at the same time. Ha! THAT was fun! How do you keep a little boy out of multiple open cans of brightly colored exterior paint? I’m proud to say, somehow I managed it! I just hope his mommy doesn’t mind that I taught him to open paint cans……. 🙂