With summer’s end drawing near, we found the perfect place to take a mini ‘haycation’ – on a real working farm. We were excited to stay at Leaping Lamb Farm in Alsea, Oregon to experience the joy of feeding farm animals, collecting farm fresh eggs for breakfast, and picking ripe fruits and vegetables for dinner. We had been wondering what it would be like to live on a farm and this seemed like a wonderful way to dip our toes in the water.
In the mornings, our host Scottie Jones would meet us at our cabin and lead us to the barn, so we could let the sheep and horses out for grazing in the pastures. The animals were happy to see us and the sheep were cute cuddling next to one another, but when the barn gates opened, the animals would race to the fields to find the best patch of morning grass. Next, we would let the chickens and turkeys out of their coop and feed them dried corn for breakfast. Morning trips to the chicken yard were usually rewarded with farm fresh eggs, which were much more delicious than any eggs purchased at the grocery store.
During the afternoons, we would go for a hike in the woods and along the Honey Grove Creek. This hiking trail was unique because we knew that we would be the only ones on it, and just off the path stood a very old and enchanting tree named the Merlin Tree. This tree was so large that we had to take three pictures to capture the entire body! After our hike, we would visit with our new animal friends – the lambs, chickens, turkeys, Fred the peacock, Sisco the dog, Bubba the cat, Paco the donkey, and horses Moralecia, Tater, and Chaco. Paco the donkey was our favorite and he is also the farm mascot. Around dinnertime, we would meet Scottie to round up the farm animals and feed them before their bedtime. Once the animals were safely locked in the barn area, we would head back to our cabin in time to cook a tasty dinner.
For our own meals, we were invited to graze the garden for fresh fruits and vegetables. We picked zucchini, green beans, tomatillos, raspberries, blackberries, and broccoli. Tomatoes, peppers, and herbs were also available in the greenhouse. The kitchen was stocked with farm fresh eggs, milk, cream, orange juice, coffee, homemade bread, muffins, fruit, strawberry preserves, condiments, flour, sugar, and various ingredients for baking. The only thing we had to bring was our own meat, which we threw on the grill for lunch and dinner.
Our cabin was private, comfortable, and clean, with nice linens and beds. At night, we watched movies, drank wine, and sat outside on our cabin porch, gazing at the stars. I must note that we have never seen as many stars in the night sky as we did at Leaping Lamb Farm Stay.
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Did you know?
Farm Stays are very common in places like Europe and Australia.
Leaping Lamb Farm Stay