Ask your kids where food comes from. Go ahead, I’ll wait. If they’re anything like my youngest, there’s no telling what the answer might be. (For the record, he said food trucks.) And that kind of answer is one of the driving forces behind family-owned Superstition Farm.
Casey Stechnij said the family started giving tours of the farm about a decade ago and hasn’t looked back since. “We decided people needed a farm to go to,” Stechnij said of the family conversation that launched the tours. “Let’s give people a place to learn about where their food comes from.”
I’ve been to farms before, but Stechnjic explained that Superstition Farm was a working dairy farm, meaning 2,500 cows – among other animals – call the farm’s nearly 30 acres home. And it also means that in addition to the activities provided, farm visitors see farmhands going about the day-to-day work needed to sustain the farm.
The tour has a few parts and usually lasts about an hour and a half. Pro tip: Bring a lunch. There are picnic tables and you’ll probably want to grab a bite before you have dessert. But more on that later. You’ll start your tour at Moo-University, which is a rundown of what you can expect to find on a dairy farm and the work that goes into it (like, how you actually get milk). After you graduate from Moo-University (see what I did there?), it’s time for a guided hayride to find out more about the farm.
Of course, no visit to a farm would be complete without a petting zoo, where visitors have opportunities to pet, feed and interact with the animals, including goats, sheep, bunnies, miniature donkeys, horses and chickens.There are even two rescued pot-bellied pigs – Stechnjic said the farm often takes in rescue animals. In fact, their rescue efforts even included transporting, caring for and adopting out dogs who were lost or stranded in Texas after Hurricane Harvey’s devastating landfall in August.
Stechnjic said he wants people not just to visit the farm, but to experience it and everything it has to offer. “Leave your screens behind and stay a few hours,” he said.
Part of that experience means some activities aren’t always planned. For example, Stechnij said, if a sheep needs shearing, they may post on social media to invite people out to watch the process. And last month, they hosted impromptu tractor-driving lessons, where kids actually got the opportunity to learn the basics of driving a real tractor.
In addition to the tours, visitors can also reserve tours for large group visits, field trips and birthday parties. In keeping with Stechnjic’s farm-to-table teaching, there is also a milk bar on the farm where visitors can try one or more of the farm’s 12 flavored milk offerings. Be sure to try the popular orange cream, which tastes like the old-school Creamsicles we used to pine for as kids. Feeling adventurous? Try a sip of the lime flavor, which Stechnjic assured me tastes “just like a Jolly Rancher.”
They also carry their Udder Delights ice cream, which has a real old-school homemade taste and feel. Their goal, said Stechnjic, was to “Make a delicious ice cream that tastes like Grandma made.”
The farm’s recurring theme is good family fun, and it consistently hits the mark. “This is just a great opportunity for you to grab your family. Everything is hands-on and old-fashioned fun. There’s no LEDs and no flat-screens,” he said, laughing.
And if you ask me, family and ice cream are all anyone really needs, anyway.