Hidden Creek Farms Fall Fest underway
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Hidden Creek Farms is not really hidden away. It’s at 581 South Galena Road, about halfway between Ohio 37 and Five Points. But Hidden Creek Farms co-owners Norman and Mary Williamson will tell you that many long-time local residents will stop at the farm market for the first time and say they never knew it was there.
But Hidden Creek Farms is not only there; it has been there since 1997 when Norman and Mary opened the farm market with their son David, and their son-in-law Joey Jerome. Norman and Mary manage the retail operation, while David and Joey are more involved in the wholesaling end of the operation.
The 45-acre farm produces tomatoes, sweet corn, green beans, cabbage, eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers and cooking herbs — not quite organic but there’s very little pesticide use. The farm also produces and sells meat chickens and eggs, and raises Thanksgiving turkeys, but you have to call now to reserve one. Eleven turkeys are left this year, and they are reserved on a first-come first-served basis.
The Williamson’s have also been supporters of Big Walnut Friends Who Share.
“On Wednesdays we have been taking our excess eggs and produce to support their food bank,” Mary said. “We have donated dozens of eggs, and most recently we have donated a large quantity of vegetables — including tomatoes, cabbage, zucchini and cucumbers.”
Hidden Creek Farms also holds an Annual Fall Festival that began last Saturday, and is held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through October 28.
Admission is $6 per person at the gate (children 2 and under are admitted for free) and includes a hayride to the farm’s pumpkin patch, a pumpkin slide, a little kids play barn with corn pit and slide, a farm animal petting zoo, a straw maze, and games. Children can even win a pumpkin by taking a shot with a corn cannon.
Fall Festival food offerings include fresh homemade pies, Yum-ee Donuts, apples, caramel apples, hot and cold apple cider, hot chocolate, and coffee and cold drinks.
A food vendor, Smokin’ Pig BBQ, will also be on hand to provide ribs, chicken, pulled pork, hot dogs, soups and baked sweet potatoes.
Mary said the Hidden Creek Farms Fall Festival has no scary activities; that it’s very family-oriented.
“All of our activities are geared for children in Kindergarten through age 12,” Mary said. “The Play Barn is set up for little kids three and four years old. It’s great for daycare center trips, and special-needs children are always welcome.”
While you’re there you can do some fall decorating projects using pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, corn shocks, straw bales and mums; and also purchase honey, apple cider, produce raised by Hidden Creek Farms and other local farmers, Troyer’s meats and cheeses, and Amish jar goods and noodles.
Into canning? No problem. Hidden Creek Farms sells produce in large quantities for home canning.
Monday through Friday school tours can be booked by calling ahead; tours begin at 9 a.m. and include hayrides.
“We get lots of school groups for the hayrides,” Mary said. “By calling ahead schools, daycares, and other groups can schedule an ideal time for them to stop by; and we also have special rates for groups of 50 or more.
“A typical school visit to our farm lasts an hour to an hour and a half,” Mary continued. “Our picnic area is available for those who would like to bring snacks or a sack lunch and extend their visit at our farm while enjoying the great fall weather; and we can arrange visits to suit most school’s schedules and educational requirements.”
For additional information about Hidden Creek Farms, the Hidden Creek Farms Fall Festival, or Hidden Creek Farms School Tours log on to < hiddencreekfarms.com >, or call 740–815-9371, or email < email@example.com >.
Hidden Creek Farms Farm Market is open every year from July 1 through October 31. The Farm Market’s fall hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.