Formerly one and the same, man and wild now only socialize at nature preserves, petting farms, and awkward extended-family get-togethers. Get back in touch with old friends with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get general admission for two at Green Meadows Petting Farm, located just south of Frederick (a $24 value). Children under 1 are admitted free. Hurry to redeem your Groupon as it expires on July 10, 2011.
A family farm originally established in rural Wisconsin in 1964, Green Meadows has thrilled generations of tomorrow-children with living reminders of nature’s still-considerable influence on our cartoon characters. Managed by Ken and Gail Keyes, the farm welcomes visitors to a critter-filled homestead with daily hands-on activities Wednesday–Sunday. Step away from the city’s nitty-gritty and into an idyllic country setting, where you’ll rub elbows with cows, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, baby chicks, turkeys, geese, donkeys, and other cuddly creatures. Curious kids and the pre-pubescent-at-heart will have the opportunity to milk a cow, enjoy a pig race, or ride atop an ambling hay wagon as they fantasize about someday constructing a hay-powered jetpack.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
In 1964, Bob and Coni Keyes decided to transform their 80-acre hog farm in Waterford, Wisconsin into something brand new: a pick-your-own vegetables and raspberry farm. Inspired by their own 13 children, they decided to gear the experience toward families and kids. It wasn't long before the operation expanded to include interactions with their animals, and the farm became a destination where children could come to experience agriculture and farm life. Eventually the Keyes' children grew up and left the nest, but that they didn't necessarily leave the family business. Instead, many decided to start their own petting farms in their new towns—which is how Green Meadows started in Ijamsville.
Today, farmers there take visiting kids on fun, exploratory hay rides tied to a game of I Spy in which riders look for specific things hidden in the surrounding fields. Afterward, they head to the baby animal barn to cuddle with the farm's youngest fuzzy residents. Other attractions include plastic duck races and a new slide made from a combine. The team also encourages visitors to try milking a cow and feeding the animals.
10102 Fingerboard Rd.
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