Kids Get to Work on Vacation at Feather Down Farms
Parents have often struggled to motivate children to do chores, but when vacationing at Feather Down Farms in New York, Illinois and (coming soon) in California, kids line up joyfully to collect fresh eggs, feed farm animals and pick vegetables.
(PRWEB) June 11, 2012
Chores seem to be an unlikely thing children would want to do while on vacation, but at Feather Down farms, children joyfully line up to collect fresh eggs, feed farm animals and pick vegetables.
Feather Down Farm Days has perfected the farm stay experience at 54 farms in Europe and now in the United States. The farm stay provider has accommodations in New York and Illinois and, late this summer, will premiere its third U.S. farm in California.
This is a true farm stay experience, run by honest-to-goodness farmers who were farming long before Feather Down arrived. They were hand-picked for their people skills, not just their farming ones. At Stony Creek Farm in New York´s Catskill Mountains, Kate and Dan Marsiglio, with their children Lucia, 8, and Isaac, 5 ½, help guests make Stony Creek Farm their own. At Kinnickinnick Farm in Caledonia, IL, David and Susan Cleverdon have turned their passion for organic farming and country living into a love of showing others how they farm. And, at Chaffin Family Orchards near Oroville, CA, ecological farmer Chris Kerston shows how integrating livestock into orchards reduces the use of fuel, improves soil fertility and produces more crops per acre. Kids love this stuff.
Authenticity and commitment to high standards of hospitality are what make Feather Down distinctive, though it is the loyalty of past guests and positive word of mouth that has made Feather Down successful. Describing itself as “the best-loved family vacation in the land” isn´t just a motto for Feather Down, but reinforced by the enthusiastic response of its guests.
Families stay in upscale tents that brim with Euro-designed farm charm. Each canvas-walled tent (described as “shabby chic”) can sleep five adults and one child, and is equipped with a wood floor, time-worn farm furnishings, duvet-covered beds, oil lanterns, indoor flush toilets, a cast-iron wood-burning cooking stove and a nostalgia-filled basket of character. Hot showers are nearby.
The gentle pace of farm life begins with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, made by hand-grinding the beans, boiling water on a wood-burning stove, and then brewing the coffee in a French press coffee maker. It then fills the day with a succession of simple pleasures: collecting eggs from the hen house, feeding farm animals, selecting fresh-from-the farm or local ingredients for meals from the “honesty store” (just note what you take and pay on checkout), making a pizza in the wood-fired oven, or hiking to a hidden lake.
At night, families dine together, then gather by the warm glow of candle and lamp light to play games as they truly get close to one another. A Feather Down stay is about connecting with each other and with the land. Feather Down farmers are the first to say that simple discoveries, like the smell of freshly crushed mint leaves or where eggs come from, surprise and excite children in ways manufactured vacation experiences do not.
Rates for a tent and all farm activities, over a 3-night stay, start at $625 and may vary depending on the length of stay and time of year. Up to six guests (including at least one child) can be accommodated in one tent.
Kids and their parents soon fall under the spell of farm life and gain in appreciation for the journey food takes from farm to table. They even enjoy doing their chores.
For more about Feather Down Farm Days, visit featherdown.com or “Like” on Facebook at: Featherdown.
John Poimiroo, Feather Down Farm Days USA, 916-933-8860, j(dot)poimiroo(at)featherdown(dot)com
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