Pick Your Pumpkin and Have Fun at Iron Kettle Farm

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 15th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/vat2e3yt/
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You can pet a goat, sip some cider and watch the leaves change from the back of a hay ride while visiting Iron Kettle Farm in Upstate New York. Find out why people flock to the farm every October.

Iron Kettle Farm: A Fall Destination

Tiny tots like to explore the pumpkin patch at Iron Kettle Farm - even though most of the pumpkins are bigger than they are.
Meanwhile, their parents browse through Grandma's Barn, the farm's gift shop. Outside, people of all ages test their navigation skills in the cornfield maze.
Welcome to Iron Kettle Farm, located in Candor, New York - about 15 miles outside of Ithaca. From late September until Halloween, this family-owned pumpkin farm attracts visitors as far away as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada. Many visitors come back every year. Some people who came here as children are now bringing their own children to visit the Spook Barn, nibble on a homemade doughnut and pick the perfect pumpkin.
October is the biggest month for the farm; however, the farm is open every day from May 1 through Oct. 31. In the spring, visitors can buy flowers grown in the farm's green house. Visitors can pick strawberries in June, buy corn in July and tomatoes in August. In late September, the fall fun starts in earnest.
Let's take a look at the fun visitors can have at the farm:

Visit the Spooktacular Pumpkin Display


One of the most popular attractions at Iron Kettle Farm is the "Spooktacular Pumpkin Display." Farm workers set up displays of cartoon characters and nursery rhyme characters using pumpkins for heads and straw for bodies. Visitors like to pose with the characters for pictures.
Visitors will see Goldilocks and the three bears, the old woman in the shoe and Cinderella. Look for the Queen of Hearts. A band of pirates has their own ship to hang out in.

Don't Forget the Farm Animals


Plenty of farm animals make their home at Iron Kettle Farm. Here, you can pet a goat, feed a pig or watch ducks splashing around. All the animals are friendly - and hungry.
Chickens will peck corn right out of your hand. Rabbits hop around their pens. A large turkey gazes at visitors.

Take a Hay Ride


There's always a long line for the hay ride. Teenagers, older people, little kids and couples of all ages sit atop hay bales as a tractor pulls them along. This is a bumpy ride so hang on tight.
Riders will see more pumpkin displays. They will roll past long horned cattle who graze in green fields. Deer will peek at them before sprinting away into the woods. Riders can admire the fall foliage as leaves turn red, gold and orange.

Lots to Do at the Farm


Small visitors can ride a miniature train and peddle mini-tractors while their proud parents snap pictures and shoot videos of them. Teenagers can hurl pumpkins at the pumpkin sling shot game. Adventurous souls can attempt the obstacle course.
The corn maze is popular with both young and old. Wander through the corn field and see if you can find your way to the other side. It's not as easy as it looks.
Let's take a closer look at the corn field maze:

Grandma's Barn: A Great Souvenir Shop


Pick up some souvenirs at Grandma's Barn, the farm's gift shop. Goodies on sale here include fudge, maple syrup and homemade jam. This is a good place to get the jump on Christmas shopping.
The shop also sells produce fresh from the farm's field. You can buy onions, squash and pumpkins, of course.
Whether you're into pumpkins, animals or sling shots, you can find something fun to do at Iron Kettle Farm. Just don't forget your GPS if you try the corn field maze.

For more information, go online to Iron Kettle Farm
Here is an article I did about another fun fall activity: apple picking

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The videos came from You Tube.
I took all pictures myself.

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Farm, Farming, Farms, Iron Kettle Farm, New York, New York State, Pumpkin, Pumpkins

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author avatar Mariah
15th Oct 2013 (#)

Awww what great fun..love the pumpkins and the corn maze,
really good family day out Connie.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Mariah, yes, this is so much fun to visit. Even the grownups love it.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Ah its great times and memories when the boys were little, nice and thanks for sharing this piece!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
16th Oct 2013 (#)

What I like about this is the fact that I don't see any ugly jack o lanterns or weird faces ....What a lovely way to decorate a pumpkin and have a fun day out at the same time .
Thank you Connie for sharing this with us here .
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Fern. Visiting the farm is so much fun.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Hi Stella: The Iron Kettle folks aim for cute and fun not ugly and scary. I like it better that way myself.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Oct 2013 (#)

how wonderful Connie and the pics divine...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
16th Oct 2013 (#)

I find it interesting how many farmers are turning their efforts to entertainment. Certainly a sign of the times.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carolina. It was fun to visit and write about.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Phyl, I guess farmers have to do some entertaining because just growing the veggies may not cut it any more. I agree; it's a sign of the times.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
18th Oct 2013 (#)

Hi Connie,
This article brought back many good memories. I'm originally from upstate New York. Lived in the Hill Towns before retiring and moving here to Colorado Springs three years ago. Loved the pictures illustrating your article.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
18th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Jerry. Upstate New York is still as beautiful as ever.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th Oct 2013 (#)

Wonderful Connie! we did this about a week ago with the granddaughters in a place just "up the road a bit," much like this one in your lovely article...we do it every year...it is a tradition...making lots of fond memories- each and ever year...:0)-great page as always Connie...many thanks!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
19th Oct 2013 (#)

Delicia, I bet it was just as much fun for you as it was for your granddaughters. I'm so glad you can make these memories and make them a tradition as well.

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