Best FREE Farm Experience!


As soon as you step out of your vehicle you instantly feel the warmth, comfort, and hospitality of being down on the farm, even on a cool crisp Fall day. All are welcomed at Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm and yet you don’t feel like a guest, but rather, part of the family. Admission is free, in fact it is nonexistent.

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Gust Brother’s Farm has been a Fall time family favorite destination for years, it isn’t officially Fall until we visit the farm at 13639 Mulberry Rd. Ottawa Lake, MI.

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Our first stop is always the barn. It is filled with animals that the children definitely don’t see on a regular basis. Visiting the farm is always a nice refresher for my city kids on where our food comes from; I fear too often they assume a magical fairy simply drops it off at Costco. Thankfully a visit to Gust Brother’s discredits that myth.

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And speaking of food, their farm has been certified by the USDA as an environmentally friendly farm. They offer a Summer Market that starts in mid-June and goes till Mid-September that includes, beef, Angus beef, and pork, (coming soon they will be offering grass fed beef with no hormones or antibiotics, just an FYI)!

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But I must admit it is so hard to look at these big beautiful animals and imagine eating them. In fact, after seeing all the cows on our visit to the farm we ended up eating Chick-fil-a for lunch, it just felt right. Lol!

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The barn also houses adorable piglets, their momma, and sheep!

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We literally hung out in the barn for one hour admiring and petting the animals then we finally made our way over to the cute cuddly, I seriously wanted to take one home, adorable bunnies!!!

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After the bunnies we stopped by to say hello to the chickens (or are they roosters…please forgive me, I am not used to seeing them with feathers. By the time I place one in the crockpot someone else has done all the work, and I am so thankful for that!).

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We waved a friendly hello to this adorable baby and then we were parched!

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I know I said this is the best FREE farm experience but if you are wise you will bring a little “fun money” as my grandma called it, to spend in the coffee & donut shack, on a hayride, and/or to buy some goodies in the market.

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Nothing says Fall like a caramel apple and when you are 5 sprinkles are just an added colorful bonus!

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And last but certainly not least, some goodies to take home!

 

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Total confession we visit Gust Brother’s Farm at least 3 times every fall, we can’t get enough! We will be headed back in a couple weeks to pick our pumpkins. Each kiddo grabs a wagon, we head to the field, and each picks out their pumpkin to carve; it is kinda a big deal. Haha!

So if you are in need of a full on Fall family farm experience  Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm is the perfect destination!

 

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3 Comments on “Best FREE Farm Experience!”

  1. Rachel
    October 6, 2015 at 2:55 am #

    We went today. Had fun but disappointed when my toddler had to use the restroom and couldn’t find one 😦

    • October 6, 2015 at 3:18 am #

      That is awesome Rachel! You had fabulous weather for a day on the farm! It is funny you should mention that…I can recall a few years back when my son was potty training and we needed a potty ASAP and the only toilet they had was a porta-potty. He was terrified to use it, so I told him it was something awesome they only had on farms. I finally got him to use it. Fast-forward a year and we were at an outdoor concert and there was porta-potties, so naturally he kept requesting to see the cows, pigs, etc. because we must be on a farm. Lol!
      We didn’t have to use the facilities during our most recent visit. I do agree 100% that restrooms would be a nice addition.

    • Kim
      October 6, 2015 at 3:23 am #

      There were three porta-potties in the back of the parking area just the day (Friday, October 2nd). Just FYI 🙂

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