Friday, October 13, 2017

Your Go-To Guide to Neltner's Farm in Camp Springs

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Although it lies not too far off the beaten path, the storybook Neltner’s Farm feels as if it comes from a time long-forgotten.  From its fresh produce to its hand-canned preserves and apple butters, this throwback farm boasts one of the best local Fall festivals in the tri-state.  After more than ten years of holding the Fall Festival, Neltner’s proves what the nearby Camp Springs Winery already knew: the best things improve with age.

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As an active family of five, we’ve been to nearly every pumpkin patch and Fall festival in the area from Blooms and Berries north of the city to Benton Farms south of Florence.  However, Neltner’s Farm in Camp Springs, KY (about four miles off of route 8 past the Dari Bar) really takes the cake, or pumpkin pie, with its offerings and price.



When first arriving at the farm, one is greeted by the fresh pumpkins and gourds of a variety of sizes and reasonably priced.  Venture further into the historic barn and there sits freshly canned apple butter, so rich and delicious that you know it was made with care.  Additionally, canned salsa, preserves of all kinds, and other goods are available for purchase as well as the best fresh apple cider, the kind that can instantly turn summer to fall with one sip.

Inside the farm entrance, there are delicious food options available for purchase, live music playing between the historic barn and the barn that houses the animals, artisans and artists selling their wares, and many fun options for the kids.  Admission is only $5 per person and children 2 and under are free.  

For children, there is a hay ride around the farm and to the pumpkin patch which is included with admission.  Also included with admission is the electric toy train display and the corn maze.  Fair warning, the corn maze is NOT for the faint of heart.  Readers may remember from prior years that this author’s husband does NOT enjoy corn mazes so was not looking forward to this; unfortunately for him, the area of the maze was nearly doubled this year so after fifteen minutes of panic-stricken wandering, he made his own way out with the kids in tow.

For $3 per ride, there is also a barrel-train ride (barrels are painted to look like animals) and a pony-ride.  For $1, children can get painted faces and/or balloon animals. Finally, there are goats, sheep, chickens, and donkeys for viewing and feeding ($0.50 for feed).  Being parents to a young child themselves, the Neltner’s smartly have nice restrooms with changing stations and hand sanitizer stationed throughout the farm.

On weekends, artisans and vendors set up shop under the large canopy tent and sell unique jewelry, home goods, and food items including Amish churned ice cream.  For adults, Camp Springs Winery had wine tastings and bottles available for purchase (try the pumpkin wine- it’s delicious).  Additionally, on Saturdays, local musicians and bands perform in the afternoon.


For more information and a complete schedule of events and musicians including Food Truck Day on October 29, check out their website at http://www.neltnersfarm.com. Or, check them out for yourself at 6922 Four Mile Road, Melbourne KY, from 10-6 on weekends or 9-6 during the weekday (weekdays are FREE admission but rides and activities are more limited so suggest to call first).

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