Sunday, October 30, 2022

Bedner's has Become a Family Tradition


Bedner's has become something of a family tradition for us. It wasn't intentional, but it seems like we always end up finding our way there when October rolls around, and that's fine by me. 


They've made some changes this year, and I really like them. They used to allow everyone in for free, and you could purchase tickets for things like the corn maze or tractor rides, if you wanted to do them. This year, they're charging a cover fee to get in and then most everything inside is included in that price. It has cut the crowds in half, and I for one am here for it!!

It may seem like that would be bad for business, but I think it's just the opposite. Those who are there, have already spent money, so everyone is a buying a customer, and I don't think that was the case before. A lot of people just came in for the photo opps, which is fine, but it got to a point where it was too crowded to really enjoy anything. That was not the case this year, and I was glad.


Before you couldn't really get right into the pumpkin patch, or anywhere else, and take pictures easily. Everything was crowded or had a line. This year, we pretty much let the girls pick where they wanted to search through pumpkins, and no one was even in the same row (and the rows are huge).


We did participate in the corn maze, and I was glad my son-in-law was along because my daughter and I don't really always have the best sense of direction, and who knows how long we'd have been in there without him leading the way. 😅


He also made it extra fun for his girls, saving them from the 'zombies' at the dead ends, running ahead and jumping out to scare them, and generally making them giggle sweet belly laughs that were absolutely contagious.


They had an area full of animals that were fun for the girls to visit too. The goats were a favorite because you could easily reach them. The llamas will be featured (sort of) in my Wordless Wednesday post. They also had a sloth, some baby kangaroos, cows, and more. You could pay to feed them if you wanted to, but we didn't do that this time.


We did take the tractor ride that went by the water, through the strawberry patches, and all through the areas where they were growing things (Bedner's, like many pumpkin patches, is an active farm).


I was really hoping to get some photos in the sunflower fields, but we only saw them from afar. I'm convinced there was an easy way to get to them, or else they wouldn't have had this sign up, but by the time we got to this point, the girls were getting tired and everyone was getting hot, despite icees and then cold drinks.


They weren't too tired to poke their faces in the berry cut-outs though. I remember her mama running over to every cut out too, when she was a young girl.

"Grandma, I want to be a strawberry!"
Okay then, let's go over there and you can be a strawberry. :)


 It was nice to spend a little time with these sweet little angels. It always, always is... 🍓  Who else greets you like this...every single time they see you? :)  Yes, I do love these lil' pumpkins.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Halloween (if you celebrate it). 

29 comments:

  1. Hi Rosey - what a lovely day out ... lots of fun photos you've shown us ... Bedners seems a great place to visit. Funny how the little one picked a larger pumpkin than her sister, who could easily hold hers. Glad you escaped the maze!! Cheers Hilary

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  2. Looks like it was a fun outing.

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  3. Amazing! We've been meaning to go to a pumpkin patch, but we say the same thing every year. A group of 30 years olds with no kids would look a bit dodgy!

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  4. Awww, so adorable.

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  5. That looks like a fun time with your family Rosey! I love those types of fall days.

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  6. Oh wow all of those pumpkins look amazing. We didn't have chance to go to a pumpkin patch this year. Looks like you had a lot of fun x

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  7. I suppose it keeps out the people who are just there to have a look at everything, although I think it's weird having to pay a fee for those things

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  8. Perfect place to visit for this season for kids and adults alike! It is a good idea that you made it a family tradition. Kids will remember it all life.

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  9. This looks like a super awesome time. I love to take my girls on adventures. appetizersandentrees

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  10. That's awesome. Kids love watching and interacting with animals. It's cool that it full of them. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

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  11. I am ok with charging a cover fee for entrance. Too many people take advantage of the generosity of small business. We did a nice set up with my aunt's pumpkins last year in front of our old truck. Everyone wanted free pictures, nobody wanted to buy a pumpkin. Ours were priced equal or less than Meijer and Walmart, but we heard, "no, we're not getting a pumpkin here, we'll get that at Walmart, but can you take our photo?" all day. Know what wasn't provided this year? A nice photo opp. If people can't support small business, the nice things go away. Walmart sure isn't providing nice things like that, and unfortunately small business can't if they aren't making any money off their efforts (We broke even, but it was not worth it for the time and back breaking work we put into it.)

    Your grands are the cutest! I do love how she runs to grandma with such glee! Glad you all had a fun time, despite the heat!

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  12. Looks like you family has a great tradition to follow. I always love the times that my family spent together yearly.

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  13. Oh wow what a fun day out! We went pumpkin picking and still have tons for pumpkin pie and all the rest :)

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  14. Bedners seems like a great farm visit. Charging a small fee is an intelligent way to control crowd especially in these covid times. Loved the farm animals. Happy Halloween to you too!

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  15. Looks like you had so much fun. I would love to visit and have such lovely traditions.

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  16. Looks like a great time! I would love the tractor rides!

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  17. I love the idea of having a family tradition like this. We have a similar place like Bedners and we might go there every year too and keep it as a tridition.

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  18. That looks like so much fun! We go pumpkin picking every year. There's a farm not far from us that does that along with hayrides and other fall activities.

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  19. This looks like a fun place to visit with kids. There are lots of lovely photo opportunities.

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  20. What a lovely place to visit with the family. There are lots of lovely photo opportunities. (Nayna citrusspiceuk)

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  21. Traditions like this create the best lasting memories...what a fun spot for the whole family to celebrate the new season :)

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  22. My wife and I have been talking about starting our own family tradition just like you're doing. That is how good memories are built...

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  23. This looks like it is something fun to do every year during the Fall season. I know my family would love this place too. May have to make a visit there one of these days.

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  24. wow, this farm has everything!

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  25. I am originally from West Palm, so I am familiar with this area. This looks like the best pumpkin patch I've seen. It looks like it is worth the trip from Orlando for my kids to see this next year.

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