Sep 18, 2019 12:46PM
by laura duarte | photos provided by fiddlesticks farms
As the days shorten and the breeze cools, we are again ushered into the season of cinnamon and amber, so as you mark your calendars with fall’s to-do list, remember to take time out and enjoy everything this festive season has to offer. Between pumpkin spice lattes and fresh-baked banana bread, outdoor fun awaits at Fiddlesticks Farms. Settled in the heart of Midland on E. County Road 120, this local favorite has been lighting young eyes for 12 seasons.
With a massive pumpkin patch, all-day hayrides, a petting zoo and much more, natives and visitors alike flock to Fiddlesticks Farms for hours of family fun. With a 15-acre cornfield maze, which gets a new design each year, other popular attractions include live cow milking demonstrations, baby pig races, and several farm-themed photo stations.
Yes, Fiddlesticks Farms has become a regional masterpiece. More importantly, these acres are family-owned and operated by Midland natives, Jessica and Matt Norton. For more than a decade, this family has been taking the simple pumpkin patch to a new level, lacing it with friendly farm animals, cozy campfires and tasty confections.
Open weekends for individuals and families, Fiddlesticks Farms reserves weekdays for school field trips. In fact, on any given day, the place hosts between three and four hundred kiddos, all armed with strong appetites and a penchant for mischief. Good thing the Nortons have come prepared with two full kitchens—ready to serve apple pie fries, funnel cakes, hamburgers, and chicken nuggets (to name a few).
Don’t mistake this attraction as merely kid-centered, however. Grown-ups of all ages can challenge themselves in the corn maze before enjoying a cold adult beverage at the Rusty Rooster Cantina. Yes, beer and wine flow freely at Fiddlesticks Farms, along with hard apple cider wine slushies, and these boozy favorites pair perfectly with BBQ street tacos, flatbread pizza and saucy chicken wings from the kitchen. The Nortons take their food seriously, using the off-season to test and adjust recipes to suit Midland residents’ refined palates. So, come hungry.
Like many outdoor attractions, Fiddlesticks Farms excels at private parties. You can reserve this space for birthday celebrations, family reunions, or any get-together you wish to infuse with laughter and southern charm. More importantly, although known for celebrating all things autumn, Fiddlesticks Farms also offers a 10,000 square foot pavilion (available April-August) for larger events like weddings and Quinceaneras.
If you’ve yet to visit this hay-filled haven, make 2019 the year, and for goodness sake, set aside the entire day. With enough attractions to keep your afternoon filled, the space comes alive after dark with glowing campfires. S’mores anyone? Plus, every Saturday in October, Fiddlesticks Farms sets the sky alight with fireworks.
For more information, visit their website at www.fiddlesticksfarms.com, where you’ll learn all there is to do at Fiddlesticks Farms in 2019, including helicopter rides, a Halloween costume contest, Mascot Days, and special weekends that celebrate first responders, veterans, and other local heroes.