Fall has officially arrived and although I do not love cool weather I do look forward to this time of year. The cooler temperatures just make everything easier. Truth be told I love putting my boots back on and lower temps give me a legitimate excuse!
We have many annual traditions in our family and visiting as many apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn mazes are one of them. Every weekend from mid-September to Halloween, we can be found picking a peck or chasing each other through corn higher than we are tall. These are the moments where memories are made. Nothing staged, no rules, no schedules.
We have been to many a corn maze but my favorite is the one near my home, Kelsay Farms in Whiteland, Indiana. Conveniently located along Interstate 65, Kelsay Farms boasts a 7 acre corn maze and new this year a scaled down version for the smaller ones. Tour the milking parlor, get up close and personal with one of the beautiful Holstein Heifers or play in the Corn Crib for an afternoon of family fun.
Below are a few of my favorite Kelsay snapshots over the years:
See what we like to do in the Fall at our favorite apple orchard too: HERE
October Farm Facts
- In addition to livestock and crops like corn and soybeans, Hoosier farmers grow more than 30 different major fruits and vegetables each year. Don’t know what fruits and vegetables are in season? Use the Indiana Fruits and Vegetable harvest Calendar.
- Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patches!
- Apple Facts and Recipes
- Indiana blogger @LizKelsay of twomaidsamilking.com hosts a hoppin’ agritourism spot on her family farm @KelsayFarms.
- Did You Know? Pork chops, roasts and tenderloins can be safely cooked to medium rare at a final internal cooked temperature of 145 F as measured by a food thermometer, followed by a 3 minute rest time. The new cooking temp will produce pork that’s succulent and tender—not an over-cooked hockey puck – and will likely yield a finished product that is pinker in color than most of you are accustomed to.
- Got a cut of pork you don’t know what to do with? Check out this recipe generator.
- Looking for Healthy Recipes?
- How about Tailgating Recipes?
- Wondering who raises pigs in Indiana? Check out these Real Farmwives of America gals that just happen to be Hoosiers AND are responsible for BACON :
- Additional Farm Facts on Pork
Chocolate Milk Official Drink of Halloween
- Chocolate is the official drink of Halloween because it is nutrition in disguise!
- Chocolate milk is a great way for kids to get the nine essential nutrients found in milk. Chocolate milk has the same nutrition as white milk, including the bone-building calcium and protein kids need to grow up strong and healthy.
- Especially in schools, chocolate milk encourages kids to make healthier drink choices. 70 percent of the milk consumed in schools is chocolate.
- Chocolate milk is schools is low-fat and has been reformulated to contain less sugar—all while keeping the exact same calcium, vitamin D, and protein as regular milk.
- Chocolate milk has become a favorite refuel drink for many runners, triathletes, and other competitors. For more info, see http://gotchocolatemilk.