Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

One of our favorite family Autumn traditions is heading up to The Red Barn Farm (almost) every year. Red Barn Farm is a working pumpkin and apple farm with a bunch of cute farm animals to visit. So of course, the kids love it. And it’s way more fun than just picking out a pumpkin at the market. Plus, the drive out there as the trees are starting to change colors is simply gorgeous.

Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

Jonas and Eliza loved checking out the turkeys, chickens, lambs, pigs, donkeys and goats. But the star of the show was the ponies.

Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

Both kids went on their very first pony rides! Eliza was super impressed with the horse names: hers was named “Scout” (which she keeps telling people is a character from one of my favorite books) and Jonas’s was “Soda Pop.” I’m sure no one is surprised that daredevil Jonas rode one handed the whole time.

Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

Even thought they thought the ponies were really cool, they had the most fun jumping off hay by far.

Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

Red Barn Farm | The Nerd Nest

Jonas is exhausting (I felt like I had spent the whole day lifting weights when I woke up the next morning), so we skipped the hay ride to pick pumpkins from the patch and found four great ones, along with a butternut squash, from the already-selected ones at the front. We can’t wait to dig into them!

What are your favorite family traditions in Autumn?

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P.S. We used tips from How to Shoot Your Kids, the new photography ebook from Just Maggie Photography, for these shots! Here’s our review of the ebook.