Fall is here and that means pumpkins! Abbey Farms is a not-for-profit farm serving Aurora and the surrounding community for well over a decade with new attractions for the kids and the kid in you! Check out their pumpkin days, or enjoy a cold one with their award-winning donuts. Look no further than Abbey Farms with the biggest corn maze around, zip lines, an adult hamster wheel, and of course, pumpkins!
Joey Thurman: I'm at Abbey Farms. It's been here since 1949. I'm really excited. Pumpkin days, pumpkins, animals, all sorts of things, but the best thing is we're going to race. Yes. We're going to do a human hamster race Cole you ready to go? Who do you thinks going to win. I think the host has got to win. All right. We're going into one, two, three. Oh, what is he doing? That's not normal. Where are you At? All right. It's fine. Cole won, but he cheated Abbey Farms coming up. Let's go.
Joey Thurman: Adam, we've got, we've got pumpkin's galore, bees flying all over. What do we have here at Abbey Farms?
Adam Voirin: It's the 13th year of pumpkin days. So it runs from the middle of September through October 31st, this year. A little bit different than other pumpkin farms. We try to be kind of old fashioned screen-free fun. So all of our attractions are based on like a old county fair field. So the idea's get out of the house, come enjoy some time on the farm. Probably get a little dirty, but that's okay. You can go home and shower and have your fall tradition continue. We have a huge store that we do a lot of our private label products and then something brand new this year is our Emporium Cafe. So not just concessions food, you can have a sit down meal and kind of make a whole day of the event when you come out to the farm.
Joey Thurman: Wow and you pull in here, it is Abbey Farms. This is not for profit. So tell me a little bit about Abbey Farms and the overall goal.
Adam Voirin: So we've been here for over 70 years now, when you pull into the property, you're surrounded by Christmas trees. It's owned by Marmion Abbey, which is a church right over here. The monks do a lot of good works in the community, but they don't have a nine to five. So that's where the farm comes in, helps pay their bills because you know, they have electricity and food bills just like you and I. So the 13 years ago, they hired me to bring on kind of this Fall aspect. And it's really grown to what you see now.
Joey Thurman: Now, how did you guys have to make a shift with COVID and protocol? How did you handle that?
Adam Voirin: It's been kind of crazy. Last year was the big experience I had a lot of plans, but I didn't have a pandemic plans. We've continued a lot of those same practices. We're still limiting how many people come to the farm every hour. So you're never waiting in big groups. We're still sanitizing most of the attractions after every use, no masks this year cause we are outside. But you know, it really just being very cognizant of it because we're not totally out of the woods. We still want you to have fun with your family, get back to a little normalcy. So we're still trying to keep all those safety procedures moving.
Joey Thurman: All right. I appreciate it. Thank you so much.
Adam Voirin: Absolutely.
Joey Thurman: Whoa, yeah! Whoa! That's so cool. Whoa, when they jumped at the same time I almost busted my butt. Talking Cities Aurora, Pumpkin maze at Abbey Farms. Let's go.