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Why Celebrate Fall at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

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The Fall Festival at Wolfe’s Neck Farm is not like other fall festivals. It’s better. If you’re looking for a crowded, noisy production heavy on bouncy houses, cotton candy, stuffed prizes, and other manufactured fun — then go somewhere else. Wolfe’s Neck Farm is about connecting with nature and community. Read on to discover why your family will fall in love with autumn at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine.

Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Fall Back in Time

This Fall Festival is a step back in time, when things were simpler. A middle-aged man leads a bluegrass band made up of kids of various ages. A group of ladies in colorful sweaters peddles homemade baked goods from behind a long table.

Horses at Wolfe's Neck Farm

Horses on the farm (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

A boy offers up a handful of grass to one half of a pair of sturdy work horses. The horse munches it eagerly, tickling the boy into a burst of giggles.

Wolfe's Neck Farm ducks at Fall Festival

Wolfe’s Neck Farm ducks (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

White ducks waddle across the soggy grass, taking sips of water. Children peer at bunnies in their hutch. I gobble at the turkeys, who then gobble back and stare at me, confused.

Belted Galloway cows at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

Belted Galloway cows (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Oreo-colored cows stand silently in the distance, chewing grass. They’re named Belted Galloways for the white “belt” striped across their black bodies.

Nature trail at Wolfe's Neck Farm

Nature trail at Wolfe’s Neck Farm (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

I take a walk on one of the nature trails that surround the farm. The fall trees shout out in hues of orange, crimson, gold, green. I spot a trickle of a stream and imagine it rushing in spring after the snows of winter melt.

Tractor-pulled hay ride to the pumpkin patch at Wolfe's Neck Farm

Tractor-pulled hay ride to the pumpkin patch (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Families clamor aboard the hay ride for a visit to the pumpkin patch. Then, back at the farm kids decorate their freshly plucked prizes for Halloween with pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and foam stickers.

Child pressing apple cider at Wolfe's Neck Farm Fall Festival

Child pressing apple cider during the Fall Festival (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Why this Fall Festival is Special

There are no carnival games at this Fall Festival. No miniature train. No vendors selling over-priced and unneeded toys. It’s not that I don’t like rides, games, and toys. I do. But sometimes it feels like there is too much commotion in the world around us and in our minds.

I stand listening to the bittersweet sounds of bluegrass music playing and breath in the chill of the crisp autumn air. Papery leaves tumble across the green of the grass. Kids chase chickens, spin the cider press, climb on a couple of John Deere tractors.

My eyes fill with tears. It’s all so beautiful. It feels like everything I want in my life. In my children’s lives. Room to truly enjoy the beauty that is all around us…if only we paused long enough to see it.

Kids and chickens at Wolfe's Neck Farm in fall

Kids and chickens at Wolfe’s Neck Farm (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

More About Wolfe’s Neck Farm

Wolfe’s Neck Farm is open year-round and is free to visitors. This historic 626-acre farm on the Maine Coast is dedicated to sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and community well-being through the enjoyment of the natural landscape.

The farm hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the Fall Festival, weekend pumpkin hay rides all October-long, a Spring Festival, workshops and more.

Wolfe's Neck Farm with Kids

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About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. Lisa Bergren says

    We call those Belted G cows “Oreo cows.” 🙂 Looks like a fun spot!

  2. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Lisa – I love that! The cows totally do look like Oreos!

  3. I’m SO over the carnival-like atmosphere of today’s more urban nature festivals. This place sounds like a wonderful spot to celebrate fall. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a wonderful post! Ever since we were little girls, my sister & I have talked about moving to Maine and having “country houses”. You describe Maine exactly as I’ve envisioned it all these years, and I’ll probably cry, too, when I finally get to see it myself.

  5. Well said. : ) Beautiful photos!

  6. Beautiful pictures, I really like!

  7. Sue Canavan says

    Wolfe’s Neck is one of our favorite beautiful spots in this beautiful country. The farm has changed and stayed the same in the years since we have visited. This lovely description captured all that is wonderful about this places and others like it. And, it brings the most satisfying of memories back in focus. Thank you very much.

  8. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Thank you for your kind comments everyone!

  9. Bill Sweeney says

    Wolfe’s Neck Farm would be the ideal place for us to take the family. It seems there’s a little something there for everybody.

  10. Emman Damian says

    I haven’t been to Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine. It looks like a great place to check out!

  11. emily zielinski says

    This looks like a lovely place to take your kids! lots of fun to be had here

  12. Elicitfolio says

    This looks like a lovely place to visit! I hope to visit soon before fall is over

  13. Krisy from Kronicles says

    I love that it’s so homey and takes you away from the bustles of the city!

  14. Ntensibe Edgar Michael says

    Yyyeeaaahhhh…I would love to. Besides, those are very beautiful horses and I would love to touch and feel one.

  15. Oh I love the cider press. My kids would really enjoy a visit there, get out of the city a bit.

  16. this looks like a fabulous place to visit. i love the nature trail photo you took.

  17. Fall is the best time to spend outdoors- the colours and the weather is perfect! This looks like a great place for fun, and photo opportunities!

  18. Gervin Khan says

    Anyone will fall in this paradise.. It’s a perfect place to relax and chill with mother earth

  19. Melanie williams says

    What a lovely place to visit here. so much to see and do. Just wish this was closer to the UK xx

  20. What a beautiful place! This is one place that I’ve never been before.

  21. WanderlustBeautyDreams says

    Looks like a great place to go with family. Never been there but would love to after this post.

  22. littlemisadvencha says

    what a beautiful place to relax.i love to go to this farm!

    Cha at Little MisadvenCHA

  23. I saw this place once but forgot the name and never found the information, then saw it here. Too good to be true!! Thanks for the find I was looking for!

  24. Colleen-
    This is in my hometown and I just love seeing it recognized as a great spot to visit!

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