We are busy bees at Crooked Pines Farm right now! We are working hard to get ready for our annual Summer Camp for Kids, and every day involves a different aspect. Stefanie, our Farm & Event Coordinator, has been e-mailing parents for confirmation of their children attending as well as scouring the storage rooms to find the appropriate supplies. She is awesome at her job, and we're sure that she will help enhance your child's camp experience.
We are incredibly blessed, y'all. As I write this blog post, we are full with 30 campers for every single week of camp. In addition to that, every week has at least two people on the waiting list...with the longest waiting list being for horse week, which has 14 people. We are so grateful to have such fantastic families who are so excited for this year's camp.
This is the heart of what we are passionate about at Crooked Pines Farm. The Criscoes had a dream to build a business that took people back to the important stuff: family, friends, and good old-fashioned fun on a farm. Well, Summer Camp for Kids really gets to the bottom of that mission. When families bring their children to camp, they make new friends, and have really awesome old-fashioned fun on the farm.
Duncan feels pretty strongly about letting the kids be kids while they are at camp. When we were getting a press release together, I asked him to share with me a couple of his thoughts about camp. He responded in this way:
"We aren't happy unless your kids come home tired, hungry, and dirty...that's how we know that they really had a good time."
Think back to when you were a child. Chances are, you spent your summers making mud pies and running around outside with your friends...getting nice and dirty, really wearing yourself out. You probably slept pretty darn good every night too! That's our goal for your children at our Summer Camp for kids starting in just a couple of weeks. We want them to have an amazing time with friends...and maybe they can even learn something from our daily curriculum. We sincerely hope you are all as excited about camp as we are. So...parents, kids, ARE Y'ALL READY?
Hey, y'all. Intern Chelsea here. We have had quite the exciting day here at Crooked Pines! Amanda, Stefanie, and I had all been hard at work on our respective tasks this morning, so when lunchtime rolled around...well, we kind of wanted to have a little fun.
After eating our lunches and standing around in the sun for a few minutes, we decided to go and visit the horses. On our way to the gate, we noticed that the birds hadn't been let out today. We opened the door to the coop...chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys (and one stray rabbit, Barney Cooper) came running out like they had never been free in their little aviary lives. Mistake number one.
They ran straight toward the food, so we felt bad. Of course we fed them. That's the humane, animal loving thing to do, right? Stefanie took charge, scooped out some food, and tried to scatter it...but the birds were RAVENOUS. Poor Stefanie was nearly knocked over by hungry chickens. Amanda and I chuckled and took pictures.
The pigs were a little upset. You see...we accidentally used some of their food to feed the birds, and right where the poor piggies could see it all happen. Amanda got some food out of the bucket and climbed into the pig pen. I should mention that she was wearing flip-flops. Anyways, once inside the pig pen, Amanda began to put the food in three piles for the pigs, but suddenly she too was surrounded by birds. Yes, inside the pig pen. In her haste to get out of there alive, she sunk her foot in yucky, wet mud. Once again, I laughed and took pictures.
I was determined not to forget our whole purpose for this whole ordeal: I wanted to see the horses. We went back to their gate and Stefanie let me in. I was enjoying petting Frankie and Baby Powder so much. They are so precious and tiny!
Everything was going very smoothly for me inside the gate until the donkey came over. At first I thought maybe he wanted a little lovin' too. As it turns out, he was not in a very good mood and was being quite the bully to Frankie! Stefanie and I could not for the life of us figure out how to get me out of that field! Finally, Amanda came over with some food to lure the donkey and horses away, and I made a run for it. Whew! This time Amanda and Stefanie got the laugh while I high-tailed it out of there.
We learned a valuable lesson today at Crooked Pines Farm: Always, always, always let Duncan feed the animals, but if we have to do it we should always save the birds for last.
"We are dedicated to bringing you products of the highest quality year round and providing your family with an experience of old-fashioned fun on the farm that will bring lasting memories."
In 2010, Duncan and Angela Criscoe had a dream to build a farm. A farm where families could come together and make lasting memories. In 2012, The Barn was built. The Barn was meant to be a place for the kids of summer camp to rest, cool down, have lunch, etc. It has become a popular venue for weddings, which is a tremendous blessing. However, that was not the original vision for The Barn. The original purpose was to be a venue for the community. One where the community could gather and have meetings, educational classes, or even musical events. So we are currently in the process of getting back to what matters. Getting back to our core of being an educational source for agriculture and our core of giving back to the community. The Barn is an ideal venue for unique weddings and we absolutely love doing them because they bring families together and create those lasting memories. However, we also want to be a place where your kid's birthday party takes place, where your 50th anniversary party takes place, where you learn how to can vegtables, where you learn how to line dance, and where you make lasting memories and ultimately memories with your family and friends. That is what truly matters the most and that is what Crooked Pines Farm was built on and will continue to be built on as we grow.
As we begin planning ideas for upcoming classes, meetings, and events we would truly love your input on something that you would like to utilize The Barn for. Feel free to email us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 706.347.0274.
Launch & Lunch. What is that? Only the most unique, family fun around. Ya see, everyone else just does your same old easter egg hunt. So we thought, why not get a massive slingshot that you can sling eggs out of? We are considering doing the same thing with leftover pumpkins this year!
March 16 from 10am-2pm we will be serving up ham plates at $6/plate, hayrides, crafts, our petting farm, and of course a ton of eggs to sling. The first egg is free, with each additional egg being $1. We will have an endless easter egg hunt going on for the little ones & sac races too!The weather is suppose to be gorgeous y'all! Perfect weather to get outside with the family. There will be a lot going on in the lake area that day, but be sure to sneak us in to the schedule. You won't regret it.
No admission fee.
Crooked Pines Farm
355 Harmony Rd. Eatonton, GA 31024
Fun on the farm for the whole family!
Tomorrow marks the second Barn Dance/Hoedown here at Crooked Pines Farm. We are so excited that we now have The Barn to put on events such as this! We have chosen B & E Entertainment to be in charge of the tunes. They attended one of the weddings that we had here at The Barn and we were so thrilled that they could play any song that was asked for.
We will be serving up some delicious chili and desserts, as well as tea and water. You are allowed to bring your party beverage of choice. ;) We want everyone to have a good time and get out there and dance. You don't dance? That's okay, neither does Duncan.
It is going to be a good old time y'all so come on out tomorrow from 6:00-9:00. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to give us a call at 706.347.0274. In the meantime, go grab your cowboy boots and we will see you tomorrow.
Trip to Sparta, North Carolina
On Friday, September 24, 2010 the Criscoe family loaded up the truck to go learn about the Christmas trees they would soon be selling.
Heading east on I-20 we passed through Augusta and Columbia, SC and turned north on 77 and drove through Charlotte. Friday night's drive ended in Jonesville, NC were we stayed the night.
Saturday morning we popped out of bed anxious to get to our destination.
We ate breakfast and we were ready to start our day by 7:30 a.m.. We stepped outside to a brisk 60 degrees. The crisp air was a welcomed break from the Georgia 90 degree weather.
Our drive to Sparta included a scenic route up a mountain and over some gorgeous terrain. The mountains in the distance gave hope to the idea of healthy tree farms and friendly faces.
Upon arrival to Sparta, we discovered that our cell service was not available. Our son was amused by our necessity to use a pay phone. His comments eluded to "old-fashioned" technology.
After waiting only a few minutes the owner of the tree farm pulled up and we were on our way to explore his endeavors.
Small talk started as we traveled a few miles. We turned off the main road onto a gravel drive. The mountains layered off in the distance and as we eased over a creek we began to see rows of trees growing on the side of the mountain. There were thousands of trees well maintained and carefully groomed. They were organized by age and characteristics.
We rode in a 4-wheel drive truck so we could climb the steep hills. As we drove up the hill we past row after row of pristine fraser fir Christmas trees. When we reached the summit we got out of the truck and began walking around. Seth, the owner, described how he and his crews spend hours trimming, grooming and caring for each tree. Seth was very knowledgeable about growing these trees. He talked about determining quality of seed, planting and grading guidelines and harvesting techniques. And this was just the beginning!
After we left this first property, Seth drove us to another location where the trees were still young and not ready to harvest.
Yet another area he showed us was where the trees were only a few months old and would soon be transplanted to their new home on the mountain where they would spend the next 7 years growing to perfection.
Seth also explained the process of how they hand craft each wreath and garland strand, and the process to bail the Christmas trees.Two years later we are still overjoyed to be bringing you quality trees to Eatonton, Georgia. We have founded ourselves on the importance of family and work to host events that will bring families together. Join us this holiday season & make memories that will last a lifetime with your family.For all the holiday events check out our website & facebook page.
Well Pumpkin Season has officially come and gone here at Crooked Pines Farm. Thank you to everyone who supported us during the month of October. It was definitely a ton of fun from our pumpkin festival to our haunted hayrides. However, the fun does not just end now that the month of October is over. No sir. November will be bring a brand new kind of fun to the farm! Crooked Pines Farm will be hosting its first every HOEDOWN! As many of you know, The Barn at Crooked Pines Farm
brings so many new and exciting opportunities to the farm and a barn dance is definitely one of them. We will be serving up some chili from our favorite caterer, Judy from At Your Service Catering, as well as, some good old fashion fun on the farm! So come out November 30 and get your boot scootin' boogie on with your family! Adults $10 & Kids $8, and make sure to bring the camera because it is going to be an event that you are going to want to capture! Mark your calendars!
During Crooked Pines Farm Western Movie summer camp, the campers produced a movie about a little lady, Lightning Lucy, who set out to create peace in the world...striking one bandit at a time!