There’s nothing like a day on the farm. Perhaps for farmers, it’s the day-to-day routine but for the rest of us, it’s full of wonder. Spending time in nature, visiting with animals of all kinds or picking fresh fruit from the vine is something many of us don’t get to do often.
Local Hendricks County Indiana farmers have recognized our fascination and created unique, one-of-a-kind experiences. I know for my family, we can spend an entire day exploring, and heading out to the farm almost always brings some curiosity, education and plenty of laughter.
Check out some of our top spots for fun on the farm.
Alan and Cassie Siktberg opened their Lizton farm to the public in 2021 with the hopes of sharing their love of Suri Alpacas and Flemish Giant Rabbits with the community. Not only do they offer scheduled private farm tours and sensory-friendly experiences, there’s an educational aspect to it as well.
Did you know alpaca fleece is known for it’s soft, durable and luxurious fiber and is also hypoallergenic to most people? Once per year, alpacas undergo a haircut, and the fiber is sent to a mill to be processed into textiles and yarn. The yarn is often sold at Abundant Joy if you want to give it a try.
Visits are by appointment only, but the family regularly works with local scout troops and other organizations for those educational or team-building needs.
In addition, look out for special events throughout the year, particularly in the spring and throughout the holidays by ‘liking’ their social media page.
They offer horseback-riding lessons, trail rides and horse camps throughout the summer but visitors can see more than just horses in the animal-interaction area. Natural Valley Ranch is also home to miniature goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, ponies, dogs and cats.
In addition, the little ones in your group can get a pony ride for $5 (call ahead to schedule) and spend the afternoon watching the animals and their antics. Bring some stale bread or cookies, fruits and veggies that are past their prime and make a new friend with the farm animals.
They’re curious, friendly and have unique personalities like each one of us. The alpacas at Montrose Farms in Brownsburg love receiving attention and getting their photo taken.
Call to schedule a tour of the farm or register for one of the many events happening in 2024. I recently enjoyed a girls day out which included Alpaca Yoga and the experience was a ton of fun. Not only did we get a workout, we were able to feed the alpacas, take photos and enjoy time with them after the event.
Montrose also offers Guided Meditation with Alpacas, Drop Spindle classes, Paint a Paca Art class, Laughter Yoga with Alpacas and so much more.
For a calendar of events, check out their website.
The Danville orchard doesn’t have animals roaming around, but they certainly have an experience like none other. They are perhaps most known for their fall season: hayrides, pumpkin picking and fall festivals, but Beasley’s has something going on nearly every month of the year.
Beginning in late May, u-pick strawberries are available, raspberries after that and sunflowers by late summer. U-pick apples are a seasonal favorite in September and October, and then of course, the pumpkin patch as we approach Halloween.
The experience of picking your own food, washing and then preparing something – think, strawberry shortcake or apple pie - is priceless. I know for my young ones, it’s always a fun and memorable experience. Be sure to follow their Facebook page or website as opening dates for u-pick seasons can fluctuate.
The third Brownsburg location on our list is unique like all the others. Since 2017, Oinking Acres has rescued more than 500 abandoned or neglected pot-bellied pigs. Visit to learn more about the sanctuary and the many animals who live there, including sheep, donkeys, horses and goats.
I love the educational aspect of Oinking Acres. The owner truly wants to share with others how they can get involved through supporting or even adopting one of these loveable creatures.
The nonprofit offers various activities throughout the year, including pig yoga and special holiday events. For a small entry fee, schedule a self-guided tour of the property and be sure to bring along some apples, carrots or cucumbers for the animals. Visit here to learn more.