FAMILY FARM DAY AND APRIL SHOWERS Giveaway!

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Hi everyone.  I hope you enjoy spending a visual tour of our time at Underwood Family Farms with me.  I’m on deadline and super busy with my little ones, but I wanted to share something fun with all of you today.  Keep Reading…I’ll also be showering you with books!!

Don’t you just love it when you “find” something new to do in your locale?  Though I’ve lived in my neck of the woods for over 30 years, I’d never heard about this huge parcel of farmland that was turned into a rustic themed park, that’s just a forty minute drive from our house.  The family farm is just that, intended for any family who wants to pick their own fruit and veggies and have a wagonload of fun while doing it.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but it’s also where my little munchkin Everley had her first pony ride.  And where both munchkins, Kyra and Everley picked strawberries until their hands and faces were smothered in strawberry juice!

UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS

UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS

 

SINGING CHICKENS TO ENTERTAIN THE KIDS AND HAYSTACKS FOR WEARY PARENTS TO PLANT THEIR BOTTOMS

SINGING CHICKENS TO ENTERTAIN THE KIDS AND HAYSTACKS FOR WEARY PARENTS TO PLANT THEIR BOTTOMS

 

THIS PERCHERON STOLE MY HEART.  HE'S A BEAUTY.

THIS PERCHERON STOLE MY HEART. HE’S A BEAUTY

 

TOO PRECIOUS!

TOO PRECIOUS!

 

MRS. PEACOCK

MRS. PEACOCK

 

ON OUR WAY TO THE STRAWBERRY FIELDS

ON OUR WAY TO THE STRAWBERRY FIELDS

 

COW TRAIN

COW TRAIN

 

FIRST EVER PONY RIDE!

FIRST EVER PONY RIDE!

 

HAVE YOU EVER PICKED YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES?

HAVE YOU EVER PICKED YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES?

WE PICKED CELERY, BROCCOLI, ONIONS, BEETS AS WELL AS STRAWBERRIES!

   Have you ever found a “NEW” place close to home that pleasantly surprised you?  Have you picked your own fruit or veggies. Do you grow your own? 

YOUR COMMENT ENTERS YOU IN MY APRIL SHOWERS GIVEAWAY.

FOUR WINNERS will each win one  2 IN 1 BOOK THAT I KNOW YOU’LL ENJOY!

International winner will win an Ebook of The Cowboy Contract.

WIN A BOOK TODAY!

WIN A BOOK TODAY!

Charlene Sands
Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling Author of 35 novels, writing both western and contemporary romance. She's a lover of all things romantic, especially her bold, rugged, heartstopping "real good men" heroes! She's the recepient of the National Readers' Choice Award, the Bookseller's Best Award and the Cataromance Reviwer's Choice Award. When not writing, she spends time with her "hero" husband, enjoying Pacific Beaches and drinking iced mocha cappucinos!

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Updated: April 17, 2014 — 11:06 am

40 Comments

  1. Good. I can enter this one since it has print books. Sounds like a good place to visit. Bet you were surprised. Can’t imagine not seeing it being there so long. I grew up in the country, so yes we grew our own crops. I loved to get into the tomatoes and get me one, was it, get the salt shaker, and enjoy eating that goody. Still love them. Also, last place I lived in KS. my brother-in-law always had a garden and my husband helped him with that. Back when I was growing up, we also went out and picked berries..My favorite is strawberries, and blackberries. Wish I had some right now. Can just taste those blackberries in a bowl with sugar and after sitting awhile, adding milk and how good. But, I really loved daddy growing watermelons. Yummy. Please put my name in the drawing. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  2. Sounds like a wonderful place to go Charlene. I don’t know of any place around here that comes close to the Underwood Family Farms. I do know that there is a place in Michigan (I live in Northeast Indiana) where people go to pick blueberries and I would love to do that sometime.

    Thank you for the visual journey.

    I would love to be entered into your giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Have you ever found a “NEW” place close to home that pleasantly surprised you?

    I can’t recall what, but yes, I think we have.

    Have you picked your own fruit or veggies. Do you grow your own?

    Yes, we have our own garden and I often help pick the fruit and vegetables.

  4. I love picking my own vegetables. I love canning them to have all year round. I love that cow train. What a great idea.

  5. Local winery hosts many musical events… always a lot of fun, food, music and wine…

  6. Have you ever found a “NEW” place close to home that pleasantly surprised you? Yes.

    Have you picked your own fruit or veggies. Do you grow your own? I grew up on countryside, so the answer is yes, I have picked my own fruit and veggies. But now I live in town, so I don’t grow my own.

  7. I can remember picking tomatoes in my Grandmother’s garden. Of course, I didn’t take time to rinse them off or ask if I could eat them.
    The farm sounds like a fun outing.

  8. Charlene what a cute place!
    I have actually tried to really COMMIT to seeing the cool things near me. I am so bad about finding tourist attractions when I’m traveling but ignoring the cool stuff in my own back yard.
    Toward this end I have been to The Stuhr Museum (but I’ve never gone when they had the Living History going on, The Kearney Archway which is really called The Great Platte River Road Archway, Pioneer Village and Fort Atkinson in the last few years.
    Not to mention quite a few things in Omaha, NE.
    There’s a really sweet little museum in Onawa, Iowa that I haven’t been to in a couple of years. I need to go there again.
    There’s also …. well, I’ll shut up now. But I am trying to do better. Get out from behind my computer and actually see things and for me historical things are really the big draw.

  9. Oh that looks so fun! We have a similar place here in Oregon and our kiddos love it! just this last year we picked our own strawberries! My kiddos loved it, even though I think they ate more than they picked hahaha. I love the farmers market store our place has. so many options and it feels like your shopping in an old mercantile. Thnaks for entering me in the drawing! Luv your books

  10. Underwood Family Farms sounds delightful! I love the pictures you shared! Last year, we discovered a place about 60 miles from us where you can pick your own blueberries and blackberries. We had so much fun and came home with several pounds of wonderful berries! Fresh-picked berries are so delicious!!

  11. When I was growing up we raised a large garden and done a lot of canning. About the only thing I put out now are tomatoes. Love fresh tomatoes.

  12. Hi Maxie – We live in the suburbs, so this farm was really a treat for us. I love blackberries too. They gave us a schedule and the blackberry pickin’ is in June/July. We will be going back!! Thanks for your comment!

  13. Hi Cindy W – It was a really fun place. I hope you get a chance to pick those blueberries!!

  14. Hi Faith – we have our own garden too, but I can’t take any credit for it. It’s my hubby’s passion and we take the little ones out there, they help water the plants. They enjoy it as much as he does. He’s growing broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, zucchini, corn and snap peas. It’s a small garden, but it’s enough for our family.

  15. Hi Cathy – yep, that cow train looked like fun. We ran out of time, and the pony rides were calling, but maybe next time we’ll hop on!

  16. Hi Joye – Yes, but those were organic, right? My daughter is a stickler for cleanliness with her kids, but she didn’t mind having the kids smothered in strawberry juice in the fields. They ate a whole lot of “free” strawberries that day!

  17. Hi Minna – what kind of veggies and fruit did you grow? Just curious?

  18. Hi Cori – Oh that sounds like fun too. The Family Farms had a little outdoor market too with all kinds of fruits and veggies from local growers. Brings to you back in time, sort of, when things were a lot simpler in life.

  19. Hi Britney — Do you go there often? It’s more about the experience of picking your own, isn’t it? Yummy blueberries and blackberries!!

  20. Hi Quilt Lady – My hubby can’t seem to grow tomatoes. Is there a secret? It’s the one thing he hasn’t been successful in growing in our little garden at home.

  21. HI Mary – oh my goodness. I looked up all those places you mentioned. There’s a wealth of history in Nebraska, isn’t there? I love visiting forts, and the museums too, would certainly draw my attention. I agree, we need to get away from the computer more and experience life, so we can write about it!!

  22. Hi Cate – We have a few local wineries too.
    And you know, we’ve never stopped in. We’re going to have to put that on our list! Thanks for the reminder!!

  23. We have had a garden in the past… just have not done it in the last two years… we have two locations around like the one you showed above, but I have not gone… my sister has taken her kids though. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Hi Charlene, love this post and the pix. We have gone here In the fall of r pumpkins …lots to see and eat, and you’re so right…so close! I live right near strawberry fields but have yet to pick my own. A blessed Eater to you and all the kids, xoxox

  25. I love to visit produce stands and farms. Nothing tastes better than home grown fruits and vegetables.Years ago I had a vegetable garden and always enjoyed reaping the benefits of it. I need to get back out in the dirt and plant again.

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    we grow tomatoes every year,hopeing for a bumper crop.
    also green peppers this year.

  27. We have a local creamery that I love to go to. They have the cows on site that you can visit. Have also gone to local strawberry fields and picked strawberries. Love local farmers.

  28. I don’t grow my own veggies since I live in a condo but I do grow some of my favorite herbs….and recently when I visited the Hotel Del in Coronado, CA I toured their kitchens with a group and we were given a sprig of Chocolate Mint if we wanted some and yeah! mine took off and is doing well. It is a mint plant that smells like Chocolate…I love to use it on top of frosted cakes and have even put it in glasses of Iced Tea.

  29. Hi Tanya – We’ll have to go there for pumpkins too. Sounds like fun. Funny about the strawberry fields, but I bet you see a lot of fruit stands where you live. I love buying from them! Happy Easter to you too!

  30. Hi Melanie – I’m with you, the fruit and veggies have so much flavor when grown with your own two hands, or in my case, my hubby’s loving hands!

  31. Jackie W! A mint that smells like chocolate! I’d never heard of that. Wow. I would love to try growing that!! How fun!

  32. Hi Judi – Cows are such sweet animals. I bet that was fun! We don’t have a diary around here.

  33. Hi Linda G – I hope you get your bumper crop of tomatoes! Makes up for the ones we can’t seem to grow!

  34. I remember picking strawberries on my grandparent’s farm when I was a little girl. They grew lots of different things and sold them on the roadside. I also remember the apple trees and sitting under one eating so many I got sick once. I didn’t eat apples for years after that.

  35. Hi Janine
    Oh, I bet that was fun for you as a little girl. Not the getting sick from eating apples part, but all the rest. 🙂
    Good to see you here!

  36. Have you ever found a “NEW” place close to home that pleasantly surprised you? Living near the beach in Southern California, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how close we were to the mountains.

    Have you picked your own fruit or veggies. Yes. I grew up on a farm in Michigan where we planted large vegetable gardens. We also had an apple orchard.

    Do you grow your own? Unfortunately…no.

  37. In other places we have lived, we have gone to pick your own strawberry farms as well as orchards to pick apples, pumpkin patches to pick pumpkins, and Christmas tree farms to cut our own trees. As a kid, we lived in the country next to an apple orchard. We picked our own apples then, and knew all the places to pick wild strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and asparagus. We have always gardened a little, but since we retired from the Air Force and settled down, we have an extensive garden with all the veggies we want, and strawberries, raspberries, and a huge asparagus bed. There are many farm stands in the area some with pick your own options for strawberries, blueberries, and apples.

    One of the farms about 4 miles from our house has a large corn field maze, “cow train” rides, pony rides, petting zoo, game booth areas, evening campfires and story telling, and in October, Friday and Saturday nights are set aside for the Haunted Maze . For adults there is a country store, snack bar, and vegetable stand. I am so glad I found it when I did. Was able to spread the word to the Scout troops and preschools in the area. They got in early. It is now quite popular.

  38. been working too much so no discoveries yet. But I’m hoping to have time this summer and me and my dog can go explore some of our lake parks nearby 🙂

  39. We have a farm stand in town here, large one and enjoy it. We go to pick near here, apples and peaches can be picked. Would like to find a strawberry patch this year nearby.
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

  40. I love Farm Stands and Farmer’s Markets. The produce is fresh and tastes much better than from a grocery store.

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