In full disclosure my family was provided with free admission to Sahl’s Father Son Farm, as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I remember Jack’s first trip to the pumpkin patch like it was yesterday. At 10 months old, the visit was more for me than it was for him. I remember placing a chubby little baby in a sea of pumpkins and watching as he looked around in wonder. I knew this was the start of a tradition.
Last year we visited Sahl’s Father Son Farm in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. I was really excited to get back there this year. It was surreal seeing how while the farm was just as wonderful as I remembered it being, Jackson had grown up so much. This year he was taller and faster and so excited to take everything in. Though some things stayed exactly the same. and for a 3 year old he has quite the memory because he quickly led us to the rubber duck races which were his favorite activity last year.
|Racing ducks at Sahl’s Father Son Farm|
Using an old fashion water pump kids can race plastic ducks down a course. Last year Jack had some trouble reaching and operating the pump but this year he was on his way to becoming a pro. Had we let him he would have stayed at the duck races, racing his blue duck but there was so much to see and besides the pig races were starting.
This years two pigs Nugget and Little Fry competed in 3 races as the crowds cheered them on. The kids loved picking a team to cheer for and even though our pig, Nugget, lost all three races we still had a great time cheering him on.
|Nugget and Little Fry racing|
After the races we took a hayride to pick our pumpkin. I love this part of the trip. There is something quintessential fall about being pulled by tractor out to the pumpkin patch. The ride to the pumpkin patch was about 5 minutes but you quickly feel like you are a world away as the woods open to a field of pumpkins.
We let Jack pick out our pumpkin, he was set on getting the biggest one he could find, but we compromised on one that we could carry. The tractor driver let us stay in the field as long as the little kids needed to pick pumpkins, he helped us size them for pricing and even took a few pictures of us on hayride.
At Sahl’s Father Son Farm the corn maze has three levels of difficulty, City Slickers, Hill Billy and Red Neck. Last year we choose Red Neck and spent at least 45 minutes in the maze, we learned that 45 minutes in a corn maze is about 30 minutes too long for a 3 year old. This year we choose the City Slickers and while we did get turned around a few times we were in and out of the maze in a about 15 minutes. It was a much better choice for our family.
|Exploring the corn maze at Sahl’s Father Son Farm|
In addition to all these attractions Sahl’s Father Son Farm has a tiny hay maze for kids, a rope maze, and a Kiddie Koral which has a hay pile and corn shed for kids to play in. Jack really enjoyed running around the Kiddie Koral. Before we left we said goodbye to Nugget and Little Fry and raced the blue duck one last time.
|Fun times in the Kiddie Koral at Sahl’s|
The friendly service at Sahl’s is one of the things that stands out in my mind. When Jack went back to race the ducks later in the day and he couldn’t find the much loved blue duck, one of the owners children offered to find him one and quickly came back with a blue duck. This farm is family run and you see that in the friendliness of the staff.
A visit to Sahl’s Father Son Farm has become a part of our family traditions. I know this is a place we will come back to year after year, I love watching Jack grow up in the same spaces. Having pictures of him in the same spot every year, shows how much he’s grown and how quickly the years are going by.
That pudgy little baby that I sat in the pumpkin patch is now nearly 4 years old running and jumping and picking his own pumpkins out. Time is moving too fast and it was so nice to slow down for the day and relax and enjoy this beautiful farm.
Sahl’s Father Son Farm is open through November 1st on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri from 4 pm to 7 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 7 pm. They are also open from 10 am to 7 pm on days that most schools are close. Admission is $9.00 for children and adults ages 3 and up. Children under 3 are free. Group rates are available. Each year Sahl’s corn maze features a different theme, this years maze is the Chick-fil-a Cow.