Last night we returned to Drumlin Farm for the Friday Evening Hayride. Farmer Caroline drove the tractor out to through the fields. Along the way Drumlin Farm educator Debbie taught us that we were in fact taking a strawride and that Drumlin Farm has been under cultivation for 250 years. Of course, around these parts I wondered “only 250 years?”
We stopped by a campfire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Then we sang “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Drumlin” for Farmer Caroline and a song about a farm called “Muscle and Arm.” Then we heard a native American story about our special evening visitor, a screech owl!
A good time was had by all.
Since our first visit nearly a year ago, Drumlin Farm has become one of our family’s favorite destinations for a day out. We’ve even become members of Mass Audubon.
Here are some photographs from our visit on Sunday.
Midnight the Pony grazes in the barn.
A contemplative cow.
Cows often look thoughtful don't they?
Sheep graze as the hayride passes by.
Peeking at the tractor and the pigs' barn.
When I was a kid I liked to visit farm museums where I could see all sorts of farm animals and a different way of life from my suburban upbringing. I’ve written about a couple of these magical places before – The Stamford Museum and Nature Center and Old MacDonald’s Farm. As an adult I’ve found it difficult to recapture the magic when visiting farm attractions as they’re either dismally small and depressing or so over-commercialized and packed with stuff that really have nothing to do with a farm.
The tractor pulls the hayride in front of the big red barn.
So it was with great delight that I visited the MassAudobon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, MA. It helps that I went accompanied by a toddler so everything was doubly fun. It’s a place where one can commune with sheep, pigs, goats, cows, deer, owls, and chickens. The tractor is vintage and it pulls a no-frills hayride around the farm. Not only that, but better than any of the places I visited as a child this is a functioning farm, growing produce for sale and divvied up among CSA shares. Drumlin Farm is a beautiful, educational, and magical place.
More photos below.
This classy tractor pulls the hayride wagon.
Caught this rooster in mid-crow.
Onions are spread out on the table in the greenhouse.
Beautiful golden flowers grow in the garden.
Boyce Field, part of the working farm.