Let’s face it, we are all looking for things to do with our kids. Places to go that our kids can act like kids and we can act like adults. As a homeschool mom of two littles, I am always on the search for things to do. Cheap, free, easy, fun things. This place fits all of those requirements.
The Big Red Barn is hands down just an awesome place. It’s a place I can turn my kids loose in a play area while I get a little shopping done. A place that has fun things like story time, bounce houses and a petting zoo on different occasions, PLUS some of the best produce around. A place for a perfect cup of coffee and ice cream for the kids.
If you are looking for a place with a sense of community, here it is. They really try to bring in lots of local flavor, local businesses, and local shops. I love to see small businesses helping each other with a community over competition feeling. They want thier store to be more than just a place to pick up some potatoes, but a perfect place to stop on your way from work to grab some dinner or an outing with the kids that won’t be painful!
On our first adventure to The Big Red Barn, we explored their Wednesday Weekly Pickin on the Porch Vendor Event. The kids had a blast sampling all the yummy goodies like beef jerky, homemade jams and jellies, and looking at lots of really cute clothes. Thier vendor list changes on a regular basis making you want to go every week and check out who is there. (also a great place for you mommas with businesses to show off your wares!)
Then we headed inside to peruse the fabulous produce goodies. Apples, bananas, peaches galore. Potatoes, onions, and peppers as far as the eye can see (well not really, but you get the point). My carrying basket quickly over flowed with such tasty goodies that I had to switch to a push cart. We looked through the local honey, specialty cookies and to go full dinner items from To The Table Catering. They also offer Foundation Coffee on the weekends and Revolution Ice Cream (The best ice cream ever!). Often there is a multitude of food trucks hanging out in the parking lot and local donuts to boot. I really think I could move in there and live forever…
On our second trip, we checked out the kids club and story time. The kids club is super easy to sign up for and gets the kids a free apple or banana while you are shopping. They have the cutest little picket fence corner that keeps the kids locked in, I mean contained, while you search for the fresh items needed on your grocery list. The kids can play grocery store with their own stuffed fruits, veggies and shopping cart. Story Time is perfect for kids of any age and happens every Tuesday morning at 10:00a. Books, songs, fun, and apples! Plus there is a back porch and grass area behind to let them burn off any steam before heading back home. Just beware there is a scrumptious table of cake pops and other goodies that become the pleading whine of want from any kid old enough to see over the table. I might or might not have given in…
I love the community feeling of being at the barn, talking with the Sharon and Danny that run the place, and seeing the kids run around having fun. It’s not just a place to grab some bananas, but a place you can come and hang out at for a little while, drink some coffee while your kids play without you. They are continuously running awesome events that are centered around the kids and in the fall have plans for a pumpkin patch. I also love using it as teaching moments for my homeschool clan. We talk about money, our budget and what we need to make certain dishes. We also scan the exotic fruits and veggies lined up to then research about where they are from when we get back home. It keeps our shopping experience on track, fun and tasty.
Want to see more from our out and about adventure? Check out this short family film!
I am a wife. I am a mother. I stay up late, try to sleep late, and drink lots of coffee and beer (usually in that order, but not always). I grew up in sunny (which means really hot) central Florida, never go to the beach or Disney, but try to hike in the woods as much as I can. I remember a time when I said I would never photograph people, now that’s all I do. I think it started with wanting to explore the world and capture that to share with people. Now I want to capture people to share with the world. -Kelly