2020 Mom’s Guide to Fall on the Farm :: Season of Safety

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This post is part of a partnership with our friends at Blooms & Berries Farm Market, but the opinions are 100% our own!

 

From downtown Cincy, it takes just about 45 minutes to get to Fall on the Farm at Blooms & Berries Farm Market out in Loveland. It is a gorgeous, scenic trip that transports you from city to country. Located less than five minutes from historic downtown Loveland, Fall on the Farm at Blooms & Berries offers the chance to escape the daily grind (especially in 2020!) and get lost in the charm of rural farm life – even if just for a short while! Fall on the Farm is in full swing September 19th through November 1st this season, and my daughter and I checked it out on opening day to help you plan your trip in advance.

CMC Mom Pro Tip: Two hours is NOT enough. Three still may not be enough time to enjoy it all. Get there earlier rather than later, if you can by securing your place online. Things wind down the last hour before closing, and the hot food will go quickly!

There are hours of fun to be had at Blooms & Berries Farm Market, where they are going above and beyond to make their guests feel safe while still making memories this Fall season. NEW this year is their online no-contact timed ticketing platform to ensure you can enjoy yourself while maintaining proper distancing. There’s the perfect selfie spot at the entrance with the Blooms & Berries truck, and there were no long lines to congest everything while trying to get your own picture in before walking up to one of their two check-in lines.

The warm energy of the staff is not diminished by Plexiglas dividers or face masks. Their caring voices and bright eyes made you feel right at home. Fun for the kids, you act like you’re going to “fist bump” the sensor at the check-in station, and it reads your temperature just like that! Fall on the Farm carries all the same Fall feels, while keeping the safety and health of guests at the forefront.

Other safety measures include the implementation of a Clean Team to ensure sanitation everywhere on the farm and activities, and providing a spaced out layout in their Garden Center, Market Barn, and farm to ensure proper social distancing (tables cannot be pushed together!). Employees and guests are required to practice sanitation and safety measures throughout the entire farm, so we can enjoy the Fall fun together! It was great to see this in action. Staff were active in making the rounds, waving to everyone, and cleaning up as they went. We even caught a quick glimpse of Farmer Jeff! There are hand sanitizer stations spread throughout the entire farm (made with 80% alcohol!), which made it so easy to sanitize before grabbing grabbing our sweet treats or after playing some of the games.

CMC Mom Pro Tip: If you suffer from allergies (like I do!), make sure to take your preferred allergy remedy or medication BEFORE you get there.

For the “big kids” aka grown ups, the Beer Garden is open with snacks, beer, and NFL on the big screen and other games Fri-Sun every weekend. For all ages, the 7-acre corn maze (or Kids Maze), fresh apple cider, pumpkin patch hayrides, farm animals, pumpkin bounce pad, cow train rides, caramel apples, duck races, fall decor, and more that you have grown to love are all still there as well – just with every safety precaution in place this year!

Attractions

Fall on the Farm is advertised as “fun for all ages”, and it’s absolutely true. My tween was just as excited for all the games and farm animals as the rest of the adults, teens, young kids, and toddlers I saw running around! The duck race was my daughter’s favorite. “Mom! It’s like farmers in the old days when they had to pump their water. I’m really good at this! Oh, there are ducks – c’mon, let’s race!” She was so excited. And, she won of course, because my last duck was stuck at the top and couldn’t catch any water at first! 😂 She also honed in on the spider web and hopped in the middle when no else was on. I asked her if she was the spider, to which she replied, “No, I’m the prey!” Such a silly kid.

A wide variety of activities are available for every child (and child at heart). Here are my top picks for each age group:

  • Toddlers will love the hayride through the woods. They (and all the rest of us!) could be heard shouting, “Bird! Squirrel! Deer!” etc. throughout the first half of the hayride. You’ll understand when you ride it yourself. 😉 Be sure to check out Percy’s Little Pumpkin Patch of tiny pumpkins if your littlest ones want to choose a pumpkin they can actually carry. CMC Mom Pro Tip: Don’t miss Toddler Tuesdays – Toddlers are 1/2 off with every paying adult!

  • Pre-school kids will LOVE the Spookley the Square Pumpkin path walk. If you haven’t read that book, it’s a CMC favorite, and we love that B&B have devoted an activity to it! The sunflowers were still short and just starting to bloom when we went, so they will only get more beautiful as the season goes on.
  • School-aged kids will have a blast on the cow train! Adults can ride with smaller children, too. This age group will also love the smaller Kids Maze!
  • Older kids and adults will want to head straight to the 7-acre Knights & Dragons corn maze. This year’s maze is Pumpkin Pie themed! Scour the labyrinth to find the 5 innocent dragons. The sixth and final dragon is full of pumpkin pie and on the run! Hole-punch the dragons out as you go at each station. Then, discover who the trouble maker dragon is! Learn more about the maze here.

We learned that you can make it through the whole corn maze (without finding any of the dragons, obviously) in about 15 minutes. My kid said she likes a challenge. When we emerged from the maze, she threw her arms up and ran, yelling, “Freedom!!!” I’m sure not everyone’s child is as dramatic as mine haha! I loved catching a picture of her indecision on one of the trickier splits in the maze.

Other attractions include farm animals, play areas, lots of open space to run, a greenhouse with plants for sale (my daughter was most excited to finally spot scarecrows in there), and – of course – lots and lots of pumpkins in every size and so many colors!

CMC Mom Pro Tip: Wait to pick your pumpkins until you do the hayride FIRST, and make sure you claim one of the many wheel barrels to lug those pumpkins around in – they can get heavy fast! We used our blue “Fall on the Farm” bracelets to pay for our pumpkins in the Garden Center, put them in the car, then head back in to enjoy the rest of the fun.

CMC Mom Pro Tip: There is a Cheerio dispenser by the farm animals (only way to feed them), so bring some quarters along if your kiddos like to pet AND feed the animals.

Food

Fall on the Farm has all the Fall flavors you love: caramel apples, fresh apple cider, popcorn, baked goods, fudge, ice cream, and more! This year, they have Farmer Franks Hot Dog stand with hot dogs, brats, and a Beyond Brat (vegetarian!) along with Coke products and chips. We got some pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread and ate it at one of the picnic tables they had set up. It was delicious.

CMC Mom Pro Tip: If you want to get in on the hot food, make sure to get there earlier in the day rather than later!

There are awesome photo op spots when you head over to the stand with the hot food and before you get over to the Beer Garden. When you go through the barn, there is a gorgeous and airy setup of local artisan products (edible and otherwise) for sale in the barn. You can find really cool Fall and Halloween decorations in there as well. Be sure to take home a few Cincinnati-made sweets and treats before you weigh and pay for your pumpkins! In addition to the miniature pumpkins ($0.75-$1), you will find pie pumpkins in and around the barn as well to make your own fresh pumpkin bread and pie after you leave the Farm.

Hours

Monday-Saturday: 9:30AM- 7PM
Sunday: 9:30AM-6PM

CMC Mom Pro Tip: Hayrides start at 12PM Monday-Friday and 10AM Saturday-Sunday. The last wagon pulls out half an hour before close. Be sure to plan accordingly and keep an eye on the time!

Admission

For the ONLY way to get your reservation, check out www.FallOnTheFarm.com. Your admission gets you a whole day of Fall farm fun!

Monday-Friday: $10/person; Children under 2 FREE

Saturday-Sunday: $12/person; Children under 2 FREE

Location

9669 South State Route 48
Loveland, Ohio 45140

For directions from Cincinnati, click here.

See you there!

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Courtney Snow
I was born in New York and lived in several states before settling down in my favorite city of all time - Cincinnati! I have a biracial family that consists of my amazing and talented husband (Derek) and our beautiful, silly daughter (Adilyn {2009}). I work full-time for an environmental services company in addition to owning the Cincinnati and Dayton Mom Collectives, just completed my MBA with an HR focus {2020}, write and illustrate children's books (search "Courtney Jayne Snow" on Amazon), love to volunteer, and am a registered and certified nutritional consultant (RNC/CNC). I still do my best to be the best mom and wife I can be! I love art museums, the theatre, the zoo, reading, and Cincinnati parks. I'm a foodie and always love trying new places to eat. I hope other moms find either enlightenment or humor from my posts!

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