Agritourism is big business! The 2007 U.S. Census of Agriculture reported that over 23,000 farms nationwide had provided agritourism services valued at $566 million. As of 2010, agritourism accounted for approximately $13 million in sales in Virginia alone! While the farming life sounds great in theory, I’m not sure many of us could manage the everyday reality of the agricultural life. Heck, I don’t even like mowing my lawn.
And this, my dear reader, is why we loaded up the mini-van and drove out to Berryville to Wayside Farm for some down home rural fun! There are lots of options for farm fun about an hour’s drive from northern virginia. Cox Farm, Great Country Farm, even Frying Pan Park Farm are all just a short drive away and are full of animals and mud and …..other farmy stuff.
This was our first trip out to Wayside Farm and I have to admit, it’s my new favorite! The corn maze was, well aMAZEing. The corn must have been 10 feet tall and the maze itself was beautifully maintained and a pretty good challenge (we did try to take on the “hard” maze.)
But wait there’s more!! There were goats and cows and llamas to feed, several good sized playgrounds to keep the kids entertained and PIG RACES!! I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of anything so adorable as a few piglets racing around a little pen squealing all the way.
There was a great hayride, probably the best one I’ve ever been on, and my friend, I’ve been on more hayrides that you can shake a stick at!
There was also some pretty gruesome pumpkin smashing!
We packed a lunch, but there is food available at the farm, including hot apple cider…which we did break down and buy!
If you’re looking to channel your inner farmer anytime in the next month I would very highly recommend a trip out to the beautiful upper Shenandoah Valley to spend an afternoon full of fall sunshine and fresh crisp air at Wayside Farm.