Annual event marks the beginning of fall

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Sun., Sep. 25, 2011
Foster Farm offered free hayrides during the Family Fun Day on Sept. 22. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Foster Farm offered free hayrides during the Family Fun Day on Sept. 22. Photos by Martha Marteney.

Foster Family Farm held its third annual Family Fun Day on Sept. 22, opening the farm to the public free of charge. The land has been farmed by the Foster family since 1790, which ties into this year’s Revolutionary War Adventure Corn Maze. In addition to the maze, the greenhouse carries seasonal plants, with chrysanthemums currently available. There are also pumpkins to purchase or to pick your own.

According to Cristin Wicketts and her son, Jacob, 3, the Family Fun Day was very exciting, because the family recently moved from Las Vegas, Nevada, to South Windsor. “We’ve never done anything like this before,” said Wicketts.

For other visitors, the Family Fun Day is an annual event. It was the third year Liz Jensen, of Wethersfield, brought her kids to the farm.

“We love the Foster Farm,” said Jennie Petersen, of South Windsor. “We can’t wait for the pumpkins.”

Responding to the critical need at the South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, Foster Farm is accepting donations of canned goods and personal care items. “They’re really empty after the storm,” said Kelly Foster. Especially with Thanksgiving coming soon, she hopes the community will be generous. They will continue collecting the donations throughout the season.

Beginning Oct. 1, the corn maze is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. On the weekend nights, the last hayride leaves at 6 p.m. Ticket prices for the corn maze, hayrides and play area are $10 for ages 13 and up; $7 for children ages 5 to 12; and $9 for seniors over the age of 60. The ticket price for the play area only is $5 per child. There is no admission charge for children under 4. Foster Farm has a “no drop-off policy,” meaning all children must be accompanied by an adult. The corn maze is open Columbus Day, and closes Oct. 31. For the month of September, the corn maze is open Friday and Saturday only, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“Flashlight Nights” are on Friday and Saturday, when visitors bring their own flashlights and try to make it through the maze after dark. The last ticket is sold at 9 p.m. There are no hayrides in the evening. Ticket prices after 6 p.m. are one dollar less than the daytime prices. For more information, visit the website or call 860-648-9366.

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