Bucks County Farms to Rival Old MacDonald’s
Life's better on the farm.
Old MacDonald had a farm but here in Bucks County, we have more than one nationally-ranked farm that could give him a run for his money. And though many people consider fall to be the best time of year to visit, most of these farms are open and welcome the public all year round. With a myriad of events and activities to choose from, from aerial adventure courses to live entertainment, these farms are truly embracing what it means to be a provider of agritainment for our community.
Read on to see at which places you’ll want to spend the entire day with your family.
Looking for somewhere else to take the whole family? Check out our guide to local family-friendly breweries!
586 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley
Owned by a small family for more than 75 years, Charlann Farms offers some unique family fun during the holiday season but is open all year selling fresh produce right on their farm. In the fall, you can bring the whole family out to try their corn maze or hop on a hay ride and pick your own pumpkin. Then, in the winter season, they transform into a holiday barn, featuring fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreaths, pine roping, unique gifts made by local vendors and, drive-in holiday movies you can watch right from the comfort of your own car.
5500 N. Easton Road, Doylestown
No matter which season you visit, all are guaranteed to create fond memories at Hellerick’s. From March through December, test your skills at their Aerial Adventure Park, which is a high ropes course featuring nine zip lines, 21 elements and a Quick Jump Free-Fall. In the spring, get your downward dog on with goat yoga as well as strawberry and pea picking. In the summer, check out their Adventure Farm where you’ll discover more than 40 activities designed for all ages to participate in, including their Junior Farmer Fun area for children 5 years or younger. In addition, in the fall they have raspberry picking as well as thousands of “Pick Your Own” pumpkins, gourds, squash and a great selections of fall decorating supplies.
802 New Galena Road, Doylestown
If you’re looking for that lavender haze like Taylor, then look no further than the Peace Valley Lavender Farm. Growing plays, bulk blossoms, dried bunches, essential oil and more, if it’s lavender you want, they’ve got it. Their farm features more than 300 lavender plants overlooking picturesque Lake Galena. And, in the late spring, when the lavender is in season, you can come out to their festival and pick your own.
2464 Walton Rd, Jamison
Have you got a Miss Piggy or a Peppa Pig fan in your house? Tour the grounds of Ross Mill Farm, multi-service facility dedicated to the potbellied pig as a household companion pet. Guided by Susan Magidson, the owner and founder you’ll meet the pig residents as you walk through the North, East, South Villages, and the Creekside Village, learning the rich history of the farm as you go. Hear the story of how it became the “Home of the Pet Pig.” Tours are available year round, Thursday through Sunday. Reservations are required. Recognized nationally for its training and development programs, the farm’s techniques, services and products have become the standard for quality and excellence in the care of this unique breed type.
931 Stony Hill Rd. Yardley
Transformed from a 100 plus year-old produce farm into a farm market, garden center and “agritainment” venue, Shady Brook Farm has become a hub for top notch seasonal events, pick-your-own crops, homegrown fruits and veggies, unique products, quality plants, a full service deli and more! Don’t miss their super-fun seasonal events, including the Winter unWINEd, St. Paddy’s Day party, Easter Eggstravaganza, Summer unWINEd Concerts, FallFest and, perhaps most famously, their spectacular Holiday Light Show.
3325 Creamery Rd, New Hope
Apples are the name of the game here at Solebury Orchards. Located in the heart of Bucks County, Solebury Orchards grows apples, peaches, blueberries in the warmer weather that you pick yourself or purchase a bushel in their market. In addition to its high quality fruit, the farm is known for delicious products such as their homemade apple sauce and apple cider and cider donuts. Come visit the market, which is open from June until April or Pick-Your-Own during the summer and fall months.
97 Styer Lane, Langhorne
Styer Orchard is a great place to spend a Saturday with the family, where a more laid-back experience guided by nature awaits. Take a free hayride out to the fields to pick your own crops according to what’s in season. Styer is pet-friendly, so Fido can tag along for the adventure. This farm also invites schools to come and tour!
1104 Upper Stump Rd, Chalfont
Just up the road from Peace Valley Park, Tabora is a true Bucks County delight. The farm came about when a husband and wife team from New York (one of whom grew up on a 200 acre farm himself) decided that they wanted to get back to the country so their kids could gain an appreciation for the farm firsthand. Their country store offers delectable delights like gourmet chocolates, gourmet fair trade coffee beans, trail mix snacks, cookies, a full coffee bar, and many more food and fruit items. Many customers come all throughout the summer harvest to pick blueberries, currants, gooseberries, peaches, plums, cherries, blackberries, and apples. During the warmer months, they host events and you can sit outside while your kids play in the sandbox or on their playground.
1070 Hatboro Road, Ivyland
For the best ice cream in Bucks County, look no further than Tanner Brothers Dairy Farm. Made fresh on the farm, their flavors range from traditional (cherry vanilla) to celebratory (birthday cake), to seasonal (pumpkin pie in the fall). While you’re there, you can peruse their market for all your dairy, fruit and veggie needs, or you can walk along the fences and see if one of the cows will greet you!
3014 Bristol Road, Warrington
Ever wanted to learn how to milk a cow? Let the fourth family generation at Winding Brook Farm show you how! The more than 200-acre property is actively preserved through the Bucks County Agricultural Preservation Program, which allows its owners to continue to share the farm experience with the community through events like their fall festival, educational tours and more!
Feature Photo Courtesy of Peace Valley Lavender Farm