Farm Fun

Carriage Hill

It should come as no shock that farms make up the majority of land here in the Upper Miami Valley. Even though corn fields span as far as the eye can see, this area is home to some pretty unique farms that you should know about! From historical to safari to fruit and veggie, these recommendations will surely peak your interest. Be sure to check out the locals’ favorite farmers’ markets too!

Carriage Hill Metropark & Farm
This historical farm provides a true reenactment/representation of what farm life was like in the 19th century. Enjoy this fully functional farm with crops and livestock and check out demonstrations on blacksmithing, woodworking, cooking, preserving food, and quilting. 

Also located here is a Horseback Riding Center that is open to the public with seven miles of bridle trails, indoor and outdoor arenas, lessons, camps, weekend trail rides, pony rides, and vaulting. Other amenities include a lake for fishing and five miles of walking trails through woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and prairies. 

The visitor center is located at 7800 E. Shull Road in Huber Heights

Wild Hearts African Farm
Here at this interactive education farm, visitors can check out some interesting animals such as African Crested Porcupines, Adult Sulcata Tortoise, Hornbill, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, African Pygmy Hedgehogs, Blackbelly Sheep, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Barn Owls, Great Horned Owls, Saharan Sand Boa, Corn Snakes, Patagonian Mara, Lionhead Rabbits, African Pixie Frogs, Vinegaroon, and more. They also offer a hike through the education center, broma, and pastures. 

Located at 7010 Jordon Rd. In Lewisburg
Open Saturdays from 11-2/ Sunday - Friday by appointment only

Idle Hour Ranch
There’s no shortage of fun here at the ranch, operating as an animal sanctuary and conservation. Guests can interact with exotic and domestic animals at the petting zoo, take a ride on a camel, hang out with sloths at the sloth encounter, mine for gemstones, attend summer camp, or have a birthday party. 

Located at 4845 Fenner Road in Troy
Open Friday-Sunday 12-6/ Monday-Thursday by appointment only

Woodswalk Farm Bed & Breakfast
Looking for a date night or just some peace and quiet? Then look no further, this 60 acre self-sufficient and solar powered farm is just what you need. Every room comes with an amazing view of the land and a home cooked meal in the morning. Take a hike through 40 acres of native woods, cast a line at the garden pond, interact with the sheep, or enjoy a night outdoors at the private fire pit area. 

Located at 9111 W. Miami-Shelby Road in Piqua

Brumbaugh Fruit Farm
There’s something for the whole family at Brumbaugh’s and the locals’ aren’t shy to tell you that the bakery here is the best in the area! Visit the adventure market for fresh seasonal fruit and veggies, grab a refreshment at the Crib, or have a meal at Janie’s Snack Shack kitchen. Other fun amenities include a Fun Farm with activities for the kids, a fishing pond, campfire site, and in the fall there’s pumpkin picking, a 5 acre corn maze, and a mini maze for the littles. 

Located at 6420 Arcanum-Hollansburg Road in Arcanum

VanDemark Farm
A unique experience is to be had here at the VanDemark Farm. Take a quick tour of the farm on one of their Ziplines, hurdle over the farm’s pond on their Giant Swing, interact with the farm animals at the petting zoo, show your skills at the 18 hole miniature golf course, or practice your swing at the driving range. A barn yard PlayZone, corn maze, and hay ride is available in the fall. 

Located at 2401 S. Vandemark Road in Sidney
Open Weekends to the public in the fall or rent for private parties in Spring and Summer. 
Driving range open daily Spring - Fall.

Farmer’s Markets
(Typically open June - September)

Greenville Community Market
1st Friday of each month
200 Public Square

Tippecanoe Market Days
1st Friday of each month
Downtown Tipp City

Piqua Community Market
Every Thursday
116 W. High Street

Cherry Street Local
Every Saturday
2-98 S. Cherry Street, Troy

Brookville Community Market
Every Saturday
510 Upper Lewisburg Salem Road

New Carlisle Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday
113 Jefferson Street

The Great Sidney Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday
109 South Ohio Avenue

Farmer’s Market at the Heights
Every Saturday
8625 Brant Pike, Huber Heights