The Anderson Farms story begins in 1911 when Swedish emigrants August and Josephine Anderson purchased a farm south of Mead, Colorado.Â They lived there with their four children, Albert, Mildred, Edwin and Laurine.Â August and Josephine died when the children were young, so Albert and Edwin took over the farm.Â Over the years they grew corn, sugar beets, barley, alfalfa, wheat and in the 1930's began raising cattle.Â Â Edwin married Louise Johnson, a Longmont farming native, in 1946.Â Her father, Emil Johnson, was also a Swedish emigrant.Â Emil and his wife Esther spent many years farming near Highway 287 and Lookout Road south of Longmont.
In 1958, as Interstate 25 was being built, the government purchased some of the Anderson property for the highway project.Â The money Edwin and Albert received from this purchase was used to buy the current Anderson Farms property near Erie.Â Until 1996, the South Farm, as it is known, was a tenant farm.Â Other families, including the Walkers and Rasmussens lived and worked on the farm.
Edwin and Louise had three children Barbara, Jody and Jim.Â Barbara and her husband Randy, three children and four grandchildren now live in Las Vegas, Nevada.Â Jody lives on the farm near Mead.Â Jim and his wife, Brenda live near the South Farm. They have two daughters Rachelle, who is actively involved with the farm and Megan who lives and studies in the Front Range area.
This was really fun. We had our own fire pit with seating and plenty of wood to burn late into the night. We also had picnic tables to put all of our food and supplies on. My only complaint was that I think the corn maze should had been 10x darker. It was too brightly lit, which pretty much ruined any scare to it. Perhaps after like 10 P.M. it should be pitch-dark and only for adults. The 20-foot tall 'pumpkin heads' made me think the maze was scary in a way, but I was disappointed after finding how lit it was by the distant bright lights. Still a fun place to go, though.
Pros: Pumpkin patch was lots of fun here - super kid friendly, lots of activities fit for all ages. We especially enjoyed the pumpkin cannon. Cons: Admission fee was $16 per person (almost $100 for a family of 4 if you have kids older than 3!) and you can get more competitively priced pumpkins at other patches if you want the full pumpkin picking experience.
Family fun at its best! Our favorite time of year is October when its haunted and the fresh kettle corn roasting over the fire! The haunt is a good one, it starts out with a hay ride and get good and scary by the time you reach the end. Done well with good production vale! A LOT OF FUN...
Variety of activities and fun for all ages. Focus on elementary-aged kids with plentiful learning opportunities and hands-on exposure to farm animal and horticulture life. Especially great during fall harvest times. The tractor ride out to enormous pumpkin patches is second to none. The corn maze is also quite enjoyable.
We've been coming here for years and always absolutely love it- the organization, the staff, the attractions keep us coming back each year with our young kids. Until this year, I'd have rated it at 5 stars, but this year we were disappointed to see the addition of two "shooting" games- the zombie shooting game was particularly disturbing in the wake of Las Vegas because of the sound it produced. The other one replaced the gourd launching, which we always loved and we were sorry to see not there this year. I know that they're intended to be fun and harmless and I understand why these games are enjoyable for visitors, but perhaps they'd be better suited for the later afternoon/evening crowd.
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