On October 4, family-owned Cottonwood Farm welcomed Boulder Montessori School students and their families to pluck their perfect Halloween pumpkins.
A long-held autumn tradition of the school, toddlers and preschoolers delighted in the farm’s many rustic attractions. Youngsters perched with their parents on the hayride and enjoyed sweeping views of the Front Range as the tractor-pulled wagon circled the farm. Little ones scampered through the hay bale maze and learned about the historic steam engine from an engineer. In pens laid with fresh hay, docile sheep and cows slowly chewed their cud, goats playfully prodded the fence, and chickens put on a show of feathers for curious onlookers. Each child had their own red wagon that they pulled through the pumpkin patch stippled with the stout, potbellied figures of the sundry sized gourds. And adults followed the twists and turns of the corn maze with their children leading the way. The morning visit ended with a stop at the farm stand where families picked up added treats including winter squash, local honey, and decorative corn.
Farm owners Bob and Amy Condon remark, “We’ve enjoyed having Boulder Montessori School students and families here for the past 20 years.”
“Visiting Cottonwood Farm’s pumpkin patch has been a great way to prepare for Halloween,” says Jay Kalinski, Owner/Realtor of RE/MAX of Boulder, whose son, Hunter, attends Boulder Montessori School. “We’re looking forward to enjoying pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, and pumpkin soup, and, of course, making jack-o-lanterns.”
For more information:
Cottonwood Farm is open to the public daily from 10 am – 6 pm through October 31. Admission is free. School field trips are welcome and reservation information can be found at: https://www.cottonwoodfarms.com/fall-field-trips-cottonwood-farms
The farm is located east of Boulder on the southwest corner of 75th St. and Arapahoe Road.
Boulder Montessori School, the second-oldest Montessori school in Boulder, serves children 18 months to six years old and is nationally accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Applications are accepted year-round, a variety of scheduling options and lunch from the on-site kitchen are offered, and scholarships and full-day summer programs are available.
The school is located in South Boulder at 3300 Redstone Road.
Article by Dana L.