If you’ve ever driven past the corner of SR 73 and SR 48 where Centerville, Springboro and Waynesville seem to meet (at least in my mind), then you’ve likely seen Windmill Farm Market. I’ve always been intrigued by this place, but this year was the first time that I actually dropped in with my son to enjoy all it had to offer during its annual Fall Festival.
Wow – we’ve totally been missing out! I’m in love with this place.
For starters, the property is much larger than I thought and has fun, wooden play sets all around the farm for kids to play on. SO FUN.
This pirate ship was his favorite! It even has a pole inside to slide down from the top deck to the bottom. So cool, right?
And there were plenty of places for fun photo ops!
And this fun corn tunnel…
We loved getting to see a few farm animals up close and personal, too.
We were also brave and did the “Spooktacular” hayride. WOW. It was crazy! But more on that in a minute…
We entered through a “haunted house” after paying for our tickets…
Then boarded the wagon for the ride of our lives…
See that cute little pumpkin sticker my son’s wearing? It meant he got a free pumpkin in the pumpkin patch halfway through the ride. (And an awesome souvenir sticker, too!) 🙂
Isn’t this old Chevy truck in the middle of the field just awesome?! I probably took about 30 pics of Dylan in front of it. (This was the best we could do.) SO cool.
The back had a creepy surprise!
SO. About that hayride…
It was fun. And crazy bumpy. And a little muddy. (Don’t sit up front.) And freaky when you saw the boggy swamps our tractor was actually driving through. (Oh Lord, don’t let it get stuck in this mud…) And semi-terrifying for some of the littlest kiddos in our wagon because A) the tractor was loud and B) the woods were kinda haunted-looking, but mostly because C) it was CRAZY bumpy… like, wear-a-good-sports-bra bumpy. I’d personally recommend sitting with your kid in your lap so they help hold you down and prevent you both from flying into the air. (Seriously.) And also so they don’t see your “what is this ride get me off now” face. I’m exaggerating. A tiny bit. But it was fun. And my three-year-old said it was “a blast!” So there ya go.
Isn’t Halloween all about getting a little scared anyway?
Dylan got a free cookie for his bravery…
After all that kid fun, it was mommy’s turn to check out the Market. FINALLY!
It was everything an adorable farm market should be: full of fun seasonal goodies, adorable rustic decor, delicious seasonal food, and way more great stuff than you could possibly fill your home with.
I’m a country girl at heart, so I was in love!
Did you know they had a bakery?! Neither did I.
Everywhere you look at Windmill Farm Market, there’s something fun to explore.
I can’t say enough great things about this fun place and can’t wait to go back again next Fall!
Before I wrap up, I have to share an amazing story of an experience I had there…
My son lost his Cars sunglasses while hunting in the pumpkin patch during one of our visits, and he was heartbroken. I wasn’t sure they’d be found (or swooped up/stepped on by the next wave of kids who rode in on the wagon), but I told the women working in the Market just in case they happened to come across them. I left my name and phone number with them, and believe it or not, they found them in the patch later that afternoon! We went back in a couple of days to pick them up, and my son couldn’t have been happier. We returned the following week for his preschool field trip, and I got to talk to the man who actually found the sunglasses (who just happened to be the farmer driving the tractor that morning). He was incredibly nice and so glad to see that the sunglasses had made their way back to Dylan. In a world where things like this don’t always happen, I truly appreciated that they had gone out of their way to make my little boy’s day. It was wonderful. 🙂
If you can make it to Windmill this week before their Fall Festival wraps up on Saturday, October 31, I promise you won’t be disappointed. See all the details including hours and prices HERE on their website.
Have you visited Windmill Farm Market? I’d love to hear about your experience!