Since 1939, three generations of the Grim family have nurtured stalks of wheat, corn, and oats, and raised more than 3,000 chickens, on their picturesque farm. Now operating 10 greenhouses, each fall, they open up the premises to the public for activities including hayrides and a pick-your-own apple orchard, where guests can choose from varieties ranging from honey crisp to autumn galas.
During the farm’s Fall Festival, which runs from September 8th to November 4th, the grounds buzz with additional delights. Visitors can wend their way through a 6-acre corn maze during the daylight hours, or bring flashlights at night for an authentic taste of farming before the sun was invented. Alternatively, they can select their favorite gourd from the thousands that populate the pumpkin patch, or sample homemade apple cider donuts, apple cider slushies, or pumpkin ice cream.
A family owned company for over 30 years, Gro-Rite displays 160,000 square feet of greenhouse growths and accompanying garden accessories. Deck halls, the rooms they connect, and the people within those rooms, with bright poinsettia blooms or traditional boughs of holly. Families can finally balance out the feng shui of the living room by placing a seven-foot Fraser Fir in the middle of it, or grab a string of 100 mini lights ($4.99) and a 10” Balsam wreath ($7.99) to make elf-grabbing lassos, ensuring year-round household help.
The training home of grand prix rider Osvaldo Ornia Pacher, Palermo Show Stable is a full-service hunter, jumper, and equitation facility. The stable staff trains riders young and old in English-style riding and even offers training sessions for horses and people in convincing horse costumes. Palermo Show Stable also hosts USEF horse shows throughout the year and imports Argentinian sport horses that are available for lease or purchase.