Family Fun on the Farm
By Daniella DiRienzo
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you survived the holidays. Well done. The craziness has finally subsided, but that doesn’t mean the kids are ready to just kick back and relax – and that’s where Cedar Hill Farm comes in. Offering the peace and quiet of country life along with lots of educational fun for the kids, it’s the perfect place for your next family’s day out!
One of the state’s best kept secrets, Cedar Hill Farm is tucked away in the tiny community of Love, which is about six miles south of Hernando. Like something from a postcard, the picturesque farm includes 120 acres of rolling hills, surrounded by tree-lined fences and dense woods. Opened to the public in 1996, it’s now one of the top agri-tourism businesses in the South – and the proof is in the customer reviews. Summing up their visit, the Williams family said: “Great fun for all ages! We drove two hours, and it was worth every minute of the drive. Nice, clean facility, friendly staff, and the prices were not that bad either. We’ll be returning next year!” And they’re not alone. Check out customer review sites, like Yelp and Trip Advisor, and the sentiment seems to be consistent across the board.
Something for everyone
Kids will stay entertained thanks to a petting zoo, pony rides, train rides, playgrounds, and more. Parents will appreciate the beautiful picnic areas, comfy pavilion, and clean restrooms. There’s also an on-site restaurant and country store, which is stocked with locally made items, like homemade fudge and donuts and gifts.
Fun changes seasonally
Cedar Hill Farm is a great visit year-round. But remember: the time of year you visit determines the type of fun you’ll have. Visit the farm in the spring for some Easter-related fun. During the summer, stop by the U-pick fields to stock up on fresh fruit. In the fall, search the farm’s patch for the perfect pumpkin or get lost in the corn maze. The farm also hosts “educational trips” throughout the year, which are a great choice for families, daycares, home-school families, and schools. And it’s this ever-changing roster of events that keeps visitors satisfied. Cathy, a local resident who is a big fan of the farm, raved: “Cedar Hill Farm is a year-round place to take the family. There is always something special going on, especially around any holiday.” Another visitor added: “We especially love the fall when they have the pumpkin patch and fall festivities. It’s a blast. It can get busy and parking is always a little bit of a hassle, but they work it out and it’s worth it.”
Mark your calendar
Next up at the farm is the Easter Field Trip, which is scheduled for April 8th – 19th (Monday – Friday) from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. A great way to spend a spring day, the event includes hayrides, pony rides, an Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, appearances by the Easter Bunny, and more. As far as admission, there are four different packages to choose from. The packages, which range in price from $7 – $13 per person, give you the option to choose which activities to take part in, so you don’t end up paying for things you’re not going to do.
Can’t make it to the farm for the Easter Field Trip? Then plan to visit in June or July, when the farm’s U-pick fields open. Accessible Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the fields are brimming with a variety of fruits. Grab the kids and make a day of picking blackberries, blueberries, plums, and peaches. It’s a great way to have some fun, all while encouraging healthy eating habits. If you don’t have a lot of time (or can’t bring yourself to brave the summer heat), skip the U-pick fields and head straight to the farm’s produce stand, where you’ll find an assortment of already-picked produce. The produce stand also includes a gift shop, which is stocked with homemade jams, jellies, canned vegetables, honey, and more.
Plan your visit
Cedar Hill Farm is located at 8 Love Road Hernando, Mississippi 38632. For more information, call (662) 429-2540 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out their website www.gocedarhillfarm.com.
Daniella DiRienzo is a self-proclaimed southerner who graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011 and has been working as a freelance writer ever since.