Autumn is a great time to do a Farm Stay. The air is cool, the foliage is beginning to turn and there are still baby animals to cuddle. We head out to West Simsbury, Connecticut to visit the Flamig Farm, home of the backwards egg sign.
They have a wonderful apartment for rent right on the farm grounds that we stayed in for the weekend. Being on Airbnb made booking simple.
When we arrived at the farm, we found a parking spot reserved just for us outside of the apartment. We walked up a flight of stairs to a deck that overlooked the farm. There was a table, chairs and grill as well as an awning that rolled out if needed.
The inside was clean and cozy. My kids loved the bunk beds and the toys that were available for them to play with. There was more room than I even expected!
Just inside, there was a twin bed beside a bunk bed and a small sitting area. Next was a bedroom with a full side bed beside a country dining area. The kitchen is a small nook, but had everything we needed to prepare morning coffee and meals.
The apartment seemed to keep going and going. After going down a step, there was a full living room area with a tv and comfy couch. There were more toys and kids books set out for the kids and a bathroom with a full tub.
Everything at Flamig Farm is dedicated to welcoming children. As part of the “Staycation,” we access to the farm after hours. It was pretty busy on Sunday, but as soon as the farm closed at 5:00, it was so quiet and we had the whole place to ourselves.
We would walk down to the playground area and peek in at the animals as they were going to sleep. My kids thought it was so fun to go visit the animals as it was getting dark.
I loved waking up to the sounds of the farm. There were fresh eggs in a basket in the fridge along with English muffins and waffles. I made fresh press coffee each morning and it was delish. Airbnbs do not have to supply food, so this was really above and beyond.
Around 9:00 AM, we met Christopher outside the barn to participate in farm chores. Andrew had to open the door to let the chickens out and then he got to do his favorite activity… collecting eggs. Once that was finished, they brought them down to the farm store for rinsing and sorting.
They fed the bunny, the goats, the sheep and many other rescue critters that called the farm home.
Lizzie’s favorite part of the trip was when Farmer Julie showed up with a pony to pick her up as if she had ordered an Uber. They took a ride around the farm and Lizzie was in 7th heaven.
There was a newborn llama that was one of the cutest things I have ever seen. My favorite part of the trip was meeting the piglets. They were so tiny and curious, they would sneak up to the kids and nibble on their boots. We watched them nursing and running around to play.
The kids met donkeys, horses and even pet an emu. They loved learning about the animals and interacting with them.
We did chores for about two hours and then wandered around where we wanted. As Staycation guests, we got free buckets of grain from the farm store, so we spent a lot of time feeding the horses.
To reward the kiddos for their hard work, we headed to the ice cream stand right around the corner. They had the most amazing home made ice cream!
There is a lot to do in the area. We loved the Roaring Brook Nature Center and running through a corn maze. One afternoon, we just lounged around the apartment because it was so cozy. We bought berries, cheese, hummus and tortilla chips at the farmers market and snacked away.
The Farm Store has great tee shirts and other souvenirs to buy. They even had a few kittens that were rescued from the recent hurricane and were up for adoption.
Flamig Farm is a great place to visit with your family. Children will love becoming a farmer for the day. I loved how laid back the atmosphere was.
To book your farm stay at Flamig Farm in Connecticut, visit Airbnb.