Farmstay U.S. Blog

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Snow Day!

red barn in snow

Red barn in the snow; by janylee at morguefile

You may not know that the Farm Stay U.S. HQ farm is located in the pacific northwest, in a part of Oregon that is generally pretty mild, weather-wise. We get a lot of rain (the farm stay host here says spring is lambing season, and fall/winter is mud season), but only occasional snow.

Like right now!

Bandita in the snow

Bandita; by Kate Rivera

Not even enough to hide all the grass underneath.

Of course, farmers still have a job to do, even in the coldest, snowiest weather. Water troughs freeze, livestock needs to be fed, fencing may need repair, branches may have come down and need clearing... but that doesn't mean a FUN farm vacation in the winter time is out of the question!

We headed to our search page and came up with a few ideas for your cold-weather getaway. Click each link to see which farms and ranches can be "home base" for some snowy adventures:

1. Ice Skating

2. Dog Sledding

3. Maple Sugaring

4. Snowmobiling and Snowshoeing

5. X-Country Skiing

snow chores

P.S. Maybe you'd rather go to Hawaii or Southern California and just forget about the snow!

Well, here we are, just four more days until Christmas! Today's gift comes from trees...

Day 4 - Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugar Tap

Trees that give you SYRUP.

"We elves try to stick to
the four main food groups:
candy, candy canes,
candy corns, and syrup."

Buddy the Elf

I didn't include this in yesterday's post because, while it's something farmers can show or teach, it's not like most people can then go home and tap their own maple trees (unless you have the right kind). Maple sugaring is a seasonal activity, usually taking place in the spring.

The gift of sweetness!