10 Amazing Organic Farms That Double As Family-Friendly Bed And Breakfasts

The best organic farmstays with bed and breakfasts for families with young kids.

June 13, 2017
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Kids often get the chance to have educational experiences, but what about agricultural ones? For your next family vacation, consider booking a room at an organic farmstay.

At a farmstay, your family can sleep at a working farm (often in deluxe digs) and rise with the rooster’s crow to help milk goats, feed chickens, pick fruit or gather produce. Or just sleep in—it’s up to you. (For long, sunny days on the farm, be sure to stock up on kid-safe sunscreen before you go—here are the best 5 sunscreens for kids and babies.)

One major perk of these organic farmstays is the bed and breakfast aspect: in addition to getting to know a working farm, you and your kids will get to chow down on the freshest organic food you’ve ever had. 

Here’s a round-up of the best organic farmstays for families. 

(Whether you're starting your first garden or switching to organic, Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening has all the answers and advice you need—get your copy today!)

 

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Kinnikinnick Farm, Caledonia, Illinois

Curious kids help gather eggs, harvest evening meal ingredients or milk a goat at the certified-organic Kinnikinnick family farm, only about 90 minutes from Chicago. Meet and greet the local pigs, sheep and goats, and playtime might include swinging on a rope or exploring the local woods. On-site canvas lodges provide overnight accommodations, including European-style linens on beds, a fully equipped kitchen and a wood stove. (Here are some tips for stress-free travel with young children.)

For information on rates and to book a stay, visit the Kinnikinnick family farm website.

 

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Circle M Market Farm, Blanchardville, Wisconsin

More than 100 varieties of vegetables are grown in Circle M Market Farm’s organic fields, so expect several at the farm-to-table breakfast spread. Kids will love this farm’s complete menagerie, which includes sheep, goats, ducks, geese, chickens, roosters – and lots of cats. The on-site farmer will give a short tour of the farm upon arrival, and may even let kids milk a goat or two. (Besides being lots of fun, getting to pet goats and spend time with farm critters is good for your kids’ microbiome.) 

“$135 a night per room: ginormous breakfast and farm tour included.” To make a reservation, visit Circle M Market Farm's website, or book through Airbnb.

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Bold Point Farm is one of the best organic farmstays for families
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Bold Point Farm , Quadra Island, Vancouver Island

At this 10-acre organic farm, located just 10 minutes walk from an ocean bay, kids can bottlefeed lambs, pet ewes, gather eggs, flowers and beans for mealtime, feed the chickens and ducks and water plants– or swim and canoe in local lakes, hike forests and meet wildlife in the meadows. (Definitely encourage the kids to help out–here are 3 ways gardening is good for kids.) The farm cottage overlooks gardens, pastures and Sitka Spruce forest, and features a loft bed. 

To book the farm cottage (which sleeps 5) for $240 per night, visit Bold Point Farm's website

 

 

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Leaping Lamb Farm, Alsea, Oregon

Leaping Lamb Farm’s pastures of sheep, chickens, and produce lend themselves to a kid-friendly farm stay. Children can feed chickens and sheep, brush a mini-donkey, collect eggs, hunt for mushrooms and help with garden duties. Rainforest trails offer offroad exploration opportunities. Wake to a rooster’s crow, then create a DIY breakfast with the items thoughtfully provided–or use some of the eggs gathered by the children.  

Related: I Ate 3 Eggs Every Morning For A Week—Here’s What I Learned 

Book the farm cottage for $250 per night or the 1895 farm house for $300 per night at Leaping Lamb Farm's website

 

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Pebble Cove Farm, Orcas Island, Washington State

In Washington’s Salish Sea, this farm offers a luxe family suite, with French doors opening onto a deck with 180-degree waterfront views. Row to nearby Skull Island, rent kayaks–or meet the farm’s animals, including goats, chickens and the farm’s own pony. Kids can help pick berries and beans from the organic garden and orchard or soak in the hot tub under the stars. Wake to a breakfast of fresh grass-fed milk (so much better for you than grain-fed!)  and homemade granola.  

Book the family suite for $300 per night at Pebble Cove Farm's website.

 
 
 

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Fickle Creek Farm, Efland, North Carolina

Play in pesticide-free fields at this working farm, where families can put together a meal using the farm’s seasonal fruits and veggies, eggs and meats, or say hello to the local laying hens, sheep and pigs. Tours of the farm are also offered on the first Sunday of the month. This passive solar home features a queen bed and pull-out single bed, so best for smaller families. (Here are 5 ways to get solar power without putting panels on your roof.)

Reserve a suite for $85 per night through Fickle Creek Farm's website, or book through Airbnb.

 

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Naylors Farmstay, Dinuba, California

Pick organic apricots, blackberries, peaches, plums, pluots and nectarines at this kid-friendly farm, where families can stay in a two-bedroom farm cottage that sleeps 6-8 or the Country Comfort Room, which is both pet and kid friendly. Breakfast (included) means warm homemade muffins and seasonal OJ, fresh-squeezed. A free farm tour of the orchards is included for guests.  (Stumped for what to make with your stone fruit bounty? This peach mozzarella basil salad will make you swoon.)

For rates for the cottage, or to reserve the Country Comfort Room ($149 per night), visit Naylor Organic Farm's website

Flamig farm is one of the best organic farm stays for families
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Flamig Farm, West Simsbury, Connecticut

This organic farm is an edutainment complex offering seasonal events (like Halloween hayrides) and even a petting zoo with a wide variety of critters such as alpacas, potbellied pigs, rabbits, peacocks and a pheasant. But the family stay is a gorgeous retreat with refined textiles, a kids’ bunk bed and a kitchen pre-stocked with breakfast essentials.  

Reserve a family stay, $270 for 2 nights, at Flamig Farm's website.

 
 
 

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Newton Farm, West Kill, New York

Pick a green lunchtime salad (or flowers), harvest squash, visit with humming beehive or collect eggs, or ask the farmer for a chore at Newton Farm, a 50-acre working organic farm. A three-bedroom 1840s farmhouse features a backyard fire pit: the perfect s’more maker after a day of hiking, waterfalls and the on-site swing set amid woods and pasture. (Here are 7 DIY tree swings you can make in a weekend)  

Reserve the farmhouse ($350 per night) through Airbnb.

 

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Los Poblanos, Albequreque, New Mexico

The most luxurious of the farmstays, this inn at Los Poblanos, a 25-acre organic lavender farm, features ample exploration opportunities: lush formal gardens, historic buildings, a lotus pond, and an outdoor saltwater swimming pool. The Little Farmers Package (for an additional $20 per child) includes a gift bag filled with crayons, farm scavenger hunt, a plush toy, and tickets to the nearby children’s museum. Organic breakfasts are included in your overnight stay, and a kids’ dinner menu is on offer at the onsite restaurant. Suites start around $250 per night.  (Inspired by those lavender fields? Here’s how to grow lavender anywhere.)