Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ganyard Hill Farm

What it is: Ganyard Hill Farm is a family-owned farm located in North Durham.  They're open to everyone for the fall season starting at the end of September.  The farm has a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay maze, corn crib, pick-your-own soybeans, hayrides, goats, a country store, and more.

What we liked: It's a quick drive--only about 20 minutes--from SW Durham.  The hay-maze is at toddler-level and is great fun for independent toddlers to get their run-on while still supervised.  The pumpkin patch is a blast to explore and the price of admission includes one pumpkin per person.  And the best part:  the corn crib.  The corn crib is basically what it sounds like--a big fenced in playpen filled with dried corn.  The kids love rolling around in it, and it's in a barn so they can watch the cows and get a break from the sun while they do it.  It will get everywhere (one stir-crazy toddler told his mom "my diaper is made of corn!"), but it's surprisingly cool and relaxing to roll around in dried corn. It's also easy to get out of socks, pants, and even diapers.  Go figure.

What we would change: A few important things to be prepared for:  bathrooms, prices, and general farm-iness.  As far as we know, the only restrooms available at the farm were porta-potties.  This isn't a huge problem because our toddler isn't potty trained and the parking lot was close enough for a car-change.  However, if your little one did need to use the bathroom... not the nicest facilities.  The price seems high, as well.  If your kids are over 2 it's $12.50 per person.  This adds up fast, even considering the included pumpkins you get to lug around.  And lastly, as is true of most of the farms we've mentioned, it's not entirely stroller-friendly. You'll need a carrier for anyone who's not walking. All in all, though, it was a blast and we thought worth the price for an annual fall event.  We're happy to support Farmer Ganyard for the second year in a row.

Website and other important information: 

Address: Ganyard Hill Farm, 1104 Dominion Hill Drive, Cary, NC 27519 
Telephone:(919) 596-8728 or (919) 812-7370 

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

1. Feeding the Goats (yes, they have goats!)

2. A fun little diversion--shuck your own corn.

3. The hay-bale maze; hay slide in the background.

4. The corn crib!

5. Stuffed animals love playing in the corn crib, too.

6. The pumpkin patch.  There are paths through to pick your pumpkin.

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