IT'S FALL AT REES' FRUIT FARM AND WE'RE READY! ARE YOU? COME AND JOIN IN THE FUN!
SPECIAL EVENTS DURING OCTOBER:
HAYRACK RIDE FUNDRAISER: Saturday, October 18th & Sunday, October 19th.
All hayrack ride purchases these two days will be donated to a family or person in need of getting a bigger hug! Rain dates for this event will be October 25th & 26th.
HALLOWEEN PARTY: Saturday, October 25th, 6pm
This is our last weekend and we always love to see everyone in the spirit of harvest season! Come dressed for the occasion and be sure to enter in our costume contest! Everyone is a winner! This is a family event! When choosing your costume, please take into consideration young children!
Bonfire for those chilly days and roast’n marshmallows!
Hayrack rides to the u-pick pumpkin patch and thru the orchard ($1 per person)
John the DJ (Minute Man DJ) & Parking Lot Danc’n.
Balloon Clown (Sat. & Sun. 1PM-5PM)
Temporary Tattoos Booth (Sat. & Sun. 1pm – 5pm)
Saturday: 11AM - 8:30PM, Sunday: 11AM to 4:30PM
Apple Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich*
Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers
Hot Dogs & Chili Dogs
Frito Chili Pie
Nachos & Chili Nachos
Apple Crisp* (Add whipped topping or Apple of My Ice Cream)
Apple of My Ice Cream* (served in a waffle cone or cup)
Apple Slices and Homemade Creamy Caramel*
Roasting Marshmallows (3/bag)
Hot Spiced Cider*
Hot Cocoa (Sugar Free available also!)
Apple Cider* (bottle)
*Exclusive to Rees Fruit Farm, our own recipe!
Apple Cider Slushes available in the Market only.
PRIVATE PICNIC AREA WITH BONFIRE:
Looking for somewhere to have your festive fall gathering or party? You may enjoy having your event at our farm, nestled back in the orchard away from the public and traffic! Our private picnic area includes a bonfire, straw bales to sit on around the fire, picnic tables, banquet tables, and a Johnie on the Job. You may bring your own food or treats! Don’t forget your roasting sticks! Hayrack rides to the private picnic area are provided in the fees. To schedule your party, please contact Shannon at 785-246-3296. (anytime)
Hours and Fees:
$125 per 4 hour time slot!
Weekdays: 4pm – 8pm *Hayrack ride is provided at no additional charge!
Saturdays: 12PM – 4PM & 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Sundays: 12:30pm – 4:30pm
*Weekend hayrack rides will take your guests to the private picnic area and back, however, it must be understood that you will be sharing the ride with the public. If you prefer to have a private hayrack ride for your party only, the fee is $75. The hayrack ride will be available at your convenience during your entire event.
Farm tours are available weekdays, mid-September though October. Tours MUST be scheduled in advance by phone starting September 1st. Please contact Shannon at 785-246-3296. E-mails are NOT an effective way to schedule a tour. Please do not expect to receive a response by email! All calls will be returned in the order they are received. However, please understand that Shannon's schedule of tours will likely conflict with your daily schedule. It can be difficult for her to return your call immediately. Please give her 2-3 business days to return your call. Fees are $3 per participant, 1 year and older. When scheduling a tour, please give a rough estimate of how many participants you will have, children and adults. This allows us to be prepared for your tour and determines employee status when scheduling. When you arrive for your tour, we will need an accurate number of both. School tours: Please include ALL children in your party, not just those from your classroom. This includes siblings and/or other children the parents bring.
Taking a tour of Rees Fruit Farm is like stepping back in time to a day of hard working simplicity. The tours are based to provide an educational experience about the history of our farm, local farming, and local produce, as well as the hardest workers, the honey bees. Our farm dates back to 1901 including 3 generations of the Rees family. Rex Rees continues to operate the farm much the way his grandfather and family has done since opening their barn doors to sell produce to the local residents of the Kaw Valley area.
When arriving for a tour of Rees Fruit Farm you will be greeted by Shannon, Rex's wife and tour guide. Shannon has worked on the farm for 30 years and has guided fall tours for approximately 20 years. The tour begins with a brief overview of the farm, then a hayrack ride to the orchard, stopping in the "Apple House" packing shed to show your participants how we wash, sort, and keep apples, then an explanation of the cider processing room. Please note, we do not have a set day we make cider, but hopefully the day your tour is scheduled, you will get to see the process of making the golden juice. The participants will then take a stroll to the "tour pumpkin patch" and pick a pumpkin from the vine. The pumpkins provided for the tour participants are small pie pumpkins (approximately the size of a volleyball). This size is great for the children, easy for them to handle and best for classroom use/activity. As well, they are the best pumpkins to eat. The education based on the pumpkins is to show the children that pumpkins are not just for Halloween, they are a squash and can be delicious when baked or prepared for meals. After picking pumpkins, your group will come back to the market to enjoy an apple cider slush, an apple, and the children will receive a coloring page, package of crayons, and a sticker to take home. The fees include a hayrack ride, pumpkin, 4 oz. apple cider slush, apple, coloring page, sticker and crayon packet. Additional pie pumpkins may be purchased at $2 each.
There is no limit for the number of participants you bring. For groups larger than 25 participants, please plan to divide into 2-3 groups with approximately 25 people in each group. We will rotate the activities based on the number of people to be split into groups. For groups of less than 15, you may be combined with another group of the same age range so that we can make sure that as many people get to visit our farm as possible during the peak season.
School tour preparation: If you are teaching units on apples and pumpkins, this is a perfect opportunity to teach children about the honey bees. We have an observation hive inside the market that shows the participants the general activity in a typical hive, as well many hives placed around the farm for the children to see. Honey bees have a very simple anatomy, are a community insect, and very vital to our food sources. Now is a good time to explain how the bees help pollinate the initial blossoms to make honey, and how the pollination process helps to make the blossoms into fruit. Shannon will be happy to cover the honey bee education during the tour, as it is an important factor of our farm and they help with of the products grown here. It has been suggested to me that I recommend watching the movie "The Bee Movie" (no information available at this time) to help your teaching lesson on honey bees.
For more information, or to schedule a tour as mentioned above, please contact Shannon at 785-246-3296
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