SIMSBURY, Conn. — The FOX61 CT Bucket List tour headed to Flamig Farm in West Simsbury on Monday. It's known as a petting zoo but also has so much to explore!
It started as an egg farm and is now a fifth-generation family farm offering so much more.
"It's been in the family since 1907," said Julie Christensen from Flamig Farm.
And they have stayed open, largely, because of the family, and the loyal visitors.
"Around, here is so great, everyone is so friendly," said Madeline Tucker from Flamig Farm
Tucker and her little sister, Hadley, said it's not only the people who are friendly but the animals too!
"A lot of people may not get to see all of the animals that are supplied here," Tucker said. "We have horses, we have pigs, we have peacocks, and so much more!"
Flamig Farm also does not just house, and take care of these animals either, they have been known to rescue and rehabilitate animals as well.
"This is little Hamlet, I rescued him when he was the size of a potato," said Christensen. "He didn't have much of a chance, but guess what, we adopted him, and now, he's having dessert! He's having his morning coffee cake!"
And, as much as we may all love to see and pet these creatures, turns out, they love it too!
"You can come and you can feed these beautiful animals right out of your hand, they'll come right up to you on the fence," said Pete Christensen of Flamig Farm. "We do pony rides on the weekend, that tends to be a hit for the little guys, and come fall, we do some tractor hayrides, which are another favorite there!"
Plus, visitors can make a whole day out of it! There is a country store with local goods, and on weekends, the farm has food trucks set up outside!
"What I love about the farm, is obviously you get to be outside, enjoying nature," said Pete Christensen. "You get to meet animals that are loving, they love your attention, they are kind, and they are sweet."
It's fun for those who are familiar with farm animals, and especially exciting for those who have never seen them!
"It's really magical to see people who haven't seen animals much from inner cities, that sort of stuff, come out here, touch, feel, hear the animals noises," said Pete Christensen. "It's just truly a magical place, to watch that happen, we bring smiles to people's faces, and that's all you can ask for."
"I think they should come visit because there are just so many animals that want to be pet and interacted with, and just want to see your smile, and it's just so amazing to be here at the farm," said Hadley.
If you are interested in visiting Flamig Farm, they are open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on pony rides are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.
Want to learn more go here: https://flamigfarm.com/
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