Today I’m writing to you from Mike’s Farm in Back Swamp, North Carolina. It is a very popular local spot despite being pretty far away from the main roads. It is open year round and my host usually goes several times a year, however Christmas time is when most folks around here and even some from far away come to eat the food and take a hayride into a colorful winter wonderland but first things first!
We arrived early so we could spend some time visiting the animals before dinner. Here I am with the goats and a llama:
I got to feed them, they were quite friendly!
We then moved on to see the rabbits. They often like to hide. Do you see them in this photo with me?
There are also chickens, turkeys, pheasants, and a pretty majestic rooster to feed:
My favorite guy to visit was the donkey though. Much larger than I expected and *quite* adorable.
My friend is feeding him, he was very friendly!
Schools take field trips here in the fall and they visit the pumpkin patch. They also grow strawberries and Christmas Trees. Here I am with their Christmas Trees:
So many Christmas trees!
Time to eat! Wait…
They aren’t even open yet!
As you can see, it is a VERY popular place. This is the line and they aren’t even open yet! By the time we we went in the line was three times as long behind us as well. Crazy!
I took a few minutes to explore the little bakery/Christmas shoppe they have while my friends were kind enough to save the spot in line:
You can come here at any time of year to feel the holiday spirit. It’s a lovely store with lots of great Christmas and non-holiday items for sale as well as a bakery with some mouth watering fudge in all kinds of flavors!
The food is served family style and the price gets you all you can eat. Here is the menu:
Everything is brought to the table and they bring you seconds as you request them. No one leaves here hungry, that’s for sure! Check out this spread!
I decided I should try a bit of everything since I might not ever make it back here:
Then of course you HAVE to have dessert! Should I have cheesecake with a chocolate drizzle or banana pudding? Hmm…
my belly is so full!
Now for the main event! Oh my… and I thought the line for the food was long!
They all want a hay ride!
Here I go!
Finally, it’s our turn!
This is the Christmas hayride because I am here in December, however, there are several throughout the year. At Easter time kids ride to get to an Easter Egg Hunt, in the summer they ride to the strawberry fields to pick their own strawberries and in the fall they ride to pick their own pumpkins. The fall also brings another night time hayride, for those brave enough to try it out! It is the Haunted Hay Ride! I am not that brave so I will stick to the Christmas themed ride. I tried to take a little video, but it is really no comparison to seeing these lights in person. Unfortunately the video saved sideways to the computer but posted just fine to Instagram so please find your way over to my IG page to see a little video!
Here are a couple of pictures as well:
I hope you enjoyed the visit to Mike’s Farm as much as I did! Here is a link to their website, I highly recommend checking them out if you find yourself nearby!
I may not have a chance to post on the blog tomorrow because I will be, well, traveling! Look for a picture from the trip, however, on my Instagram page!
Until next time,