Remember when Farmville was a huge thing on Facebook? Well, I don't know what people saw in that game but personally, I've always preferred real farms. All that time people spent playing that game when they could've been growing the real thing! But, kidding aside, farms are so great. There's such a comforting feeling about them. Almost every year, when I was a kid, we'd go to the local pumpkin farm and do the hay ride thing, pick out the perfect pumpkin, pet the farm animals and snack on caramel apples on a stick (which, by the way, I only liked because they were pretty- otherwise, they were a bit too sticky for me!).
I recently heard of Avila Valley Barn and just had to visit. It had been way too long since I was in this kind of environment. And even though I was quite literally the only 20-something person there (apparently people wouldn't visit places like this if they didn't have kids), I had the best time taking it all in. I pet the goats, stared at the chickens, said hello to the one brown cow. I got lost in a daydream surrounded by all the homegrown fruits and vegetables, flowers and baked goods. I had way too much fun playing around with the camera settings trying to take the best photos I could so that I would be able to come back here and share them in the hopes that you, too, could get a feel of how splendid this place is.
The main attraction was, before I forget to mention, taking a hay ride into the fields where we actually got to pick our own apples straight off the tree. I hadn't done that since I moved away from my childhood home, which used to boast many fruit trees and a large vegetable garden. I may or may not have gone a little crazy picking 5lbs worth of apples but I regret nothing. Supermarket apples only wish they could taste half as good!
I hope to go back to the farm really soon just in time to get a pumpkin or two! By then, I hope it'll feel a little more like Fall (I'm looking at you, strange weather!)
If you have a farm similar to this near you, you should definitely go- whether you have kids or not! It's such a fun way to spend a weekend!