Oh, the colors of October. I love those earthy rusts, browns and oranges and when you are lucky enough to find a fascinating pumpkin farm, it's all the better. So, when Susan suggested we go to Pond Hill Farm, of course I was in!
Pond Hill Farm is located on M-119, just before one reaches the Tunnel of Trees, north of Harbor Springs, MI. It includes a vineyard, farm store, areas for kids to enjoy and lots of animals.
When you arrive, at least in the fall, you see an array of pumpkins. And some were enormous!
The zinnias were in full flower too, and it made for a very colorful entry!
I like how they turned the tree upside down to make the archways. You could buy the long slabs of flat wood from which they covered the pillars if you were into woodworking.
On the porch of the farm store, a glorious, mellow orange cat. It reminded me of my boy, the marmelade Gypsy.
He even has his own wine!
And there were plenty of pumpkins for sale, along with their own jams and salsas.
We visited the pigs (briefly). I think I know where they get their fertilizer for the garden!
Then we ventured into a barn where there was a goat pen and a lone goat.
We turned around to put in our quarters to pay for a handful of goat food. When we turned back, and it couldn't have been more than 30 seconds later, this is what we saw!
These goats were darling -- and hungry, gently taking from our hands the food we offered.
I want a goat.
We checked out the restaurant for future times. There was outdoor seating and wine tasting -- another time. Then it was off to our picnic in the park and Petoskey stone hunting, which you saw HERE.
The drive was gorgeous, alongside the bay and past many lovely summer homes, now closed up for the season.
It was a wonderful afternoon.
I'll be back!
(So many of you asked how Rick's follow-up with his surgeon went -- all is well! The only downer, from his point of view, is that he has to drink a half-gallon of water with a large amount of unsweetened lemon juice - preferably fresh - every day forever. But, whatever it takes!)