(ROCKWALL, TX – October 4, 2015) With October upon us, the Blase family of Rockwall offers folks throughout the community an exciting and unique way to get into the Halloween spirit with its annual Pumpkin Patch.
Located on the family’s beautiful wooded 13-acre farm at 1232 East Fork Drive, the Blase Family Farm Pumpkin Patch opens to the public on October 1 and includes all kinds of fun activities for adults and kids to enjoy during pumpkin season, including seasonal field trips for students, parents and siblings.
Field trips to the Pumpkin Patch this October include a petting zoo with longhorn, goat and sheep, a one-bale-high hay maze for the little ones, a picnic area with plenty of shaded picnic tables, a scavenger hunt and story time. Students, teachers, parents and siblings each get feed for the animals, a hayride and a small pumpkin included with the admission fee of $6 per student, parent and sibling (free for school teachers). The field trips last an hour and a half, including time for lunch.
General admission to the farm cost $7 per person for anyone 2 years and older, and is free for kids one and under. A group rate for 10 or more (with a reservation) is $6 per person. Feed for the animals, a hayride and a small pumpkin come with the admission price during weekdays. Weekend admission (Saturday and Sunday) includes animal feed, a hayride and a free Ball Park Frank hotdog.
The farm operates from October 1 to November 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
According to Jill Blase – who runs the farm with her husband Chris, 18-year-old son Brandon and 15-year-old daughter Emily – the idea to offer field trips on their land stemmed from the great time she and Emily had on a 5th grade field trip to Camp Grady Spruce.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 during the Blase Family Farm’s second annual Pumpkin Patch, Jill said they received tons of support from friends throughout the community who helped run the farm during that difficult time.
“Between my kids’ friends and our community, they’ve all helped us actually create the whole thing from the beginning and helped us run it,” Jill said.
The Blase Family Farm also includes a blueberry farm, and during blueberry season families are welcome to come pick as many blueberries as they like for $4 per pint. The blueberry-picking season will begin in April next year and runs through the beginning of July. They also offer field trips for the blueberry farm which include the following:
-scavenger hunt, Texas Symbols
-walk to the blueberry farm for a blueberry/bee lesson
-visit and learn about a root cellar and cistern located on the property
-plant a seed to take home
-shaded picnic tables
Call or email Jill at 972-772-3645 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your group event to day and for any questions regarding the farm.
By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News staff writer.
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