UPDATE: 10/22/13 10:34 AM
They're carrying on a tradition 14 years strong. Sweetapple Farm welcomed more than a hundred school children to tour the farm on Monday.
"We're on a reward trip,” says Brandon, a third grader at Wirt County Schools. “I liked feeding the animals and maze."
It's one of the most popular attractions there hands down.
"The corn maze has three games in it, so the children do have a lot of fun and the parents do too,” says Owner Mona Barrett.
Grady likes the farm.
"(It's) really fun; we got in the corn maze,” the third grader at Wirt County Schools says. “We picked flowers that smelled funny and we went on a ride to see cows."
The guided school tours are educational.
"They learn about goats, they learn about our donkey and on the hay ride they do get to see some cattle and learn about milk comes from cows, what comes from milk – ice cream, cottage cheese and so on,” Barrett says.
Cheyann has her favorites.
"I like to see all the animals and feed 'em and pet 'em,” the Wirt County Schools third grader says.
They get back to nature.
"And in our herb garden they see some different herbs and then we do have some cutouts of different nursery rhymes we call the nursery rhyme garden,” Barrett says.
Brandon recommends it and his classmate agrees.
"I think it'd be really fun,” he says. “The corn maze,” Cheyann says, “it's fun to go around."
The welcome sign is always up.
Barrett says it's wonderful to have all the children visit.
“My husband started this out as he sold pumpkins on the honor system and then we just continued with it."
There are school tours, birthdays and other scheduled parties Monday through Friday. On the weekend, the farm is open to the public. For more information, go to sweetapplefarm.com.
Fourteen years and they're still going strong.
Sweetapple Farm welcomed more than a hundred children to tour the farm on a perfect fall day.
Owner Mona Barrett says it's wonderful to have all the children visit.
She says back in the day her husband started out by selling pumpkins on the honor system and they have continued all these years
"Our school groups are educational, each of our tours are guided tours," Barrett says. "They go to the animals, they learn about goats, they learn about our donkey and on the hay ride they do get to see some cattle and learn about milk comes from cows, what comes from milk; ice cream, cottage cheese and so on."
Barrett says the kids get to see different herbs in the herb garden and cutouts of different nursery rhymes in the Nursery Rhyme Garden.
A corn maze with three games is also very popular, so kids have a lot of fun and the parents do too.