Update, October 2014 -Fyi … WE ARE NOT TRABBICS! Their web site is here. This is my food blog. Hokay? Hokay!
Trabbic’s will open for the season on September 20, 2014. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through October 31st.
I realize this page sometimes pops up as the #1 link on Google for a search on the Trabbic Family Farm. We are not them. However, here is their info:
Trabbic Family Farm
1560 Sterns Rd.
Click here for a Google map to the farm.
Trabbic Farms posted their own web site in 2012. I’ll continue to post as much information as possible.
Following is my original post from 2008 …
This year’s pumpkin crop has been in the news quite a bit lately. Even the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. noticed, and on October 1st, had this to say: “The drought has also hurt growers in western New York, and as much as half of Michigan’s crop has been lost because of hot, dry weather in the north, Michigan State University extension educator Ron Goldy estimates. Heavy rain that left standing water in southern Michigan fields caused much of the crop to rot, a problem Goldy said also affected parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.”
This weekend Mary and I headed to the Trabbic Farm Pumpkin Patch, just east of Dixie Highway on Sterns Rd. in Erie, to see what was up. The sign in this picture is located in the northeast part of that intersection, so the pumpkin patch itself becomes that much easier to locate.
What we found was a literal sea of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. I was going to ask Sharon Trabbic if these were all from their own farm, but they weren’t available when we were there. Still, with the number of pumpkins there … I’m thinking those would have been difficult to ship in and still be as fresh as they are.
If you go to Trabbic’s (and we recommend you do), there’s quite a bit going on. Most of it’s geared towards kids, such as the petting zoo and pony rides, fence and corn mazes, and the 3-car pumpkin train with the rotating pumkin-shaped cars.
Pumpkins for sale are sorted by size and price, from tiny decorative ones, through pie pumpkins, and the more popular size seen at the start of this post. The largest pumpkins have been saved in a place for a wonderful photo op with, say, a gorgeous human model.
In one of the buildings on the property is a store filled with all kinds of things — coloring books, pumpkin carving tools, decorative items and crafts, and a wonderful assortment of food items. Donuts are made fresh in the morning, handmade pies with Trabbic labels are laid out for sale, there’s an active popcorn machine in the corner … and next to the popcorn machine is a slushie machine loaded with apple cider. On a hot humid day like the ones we had this weekend, an apple cider slushie really hits the spot! In one of the corners, an active bee colony builds and maintains hives in a glass enclosure, a clear tube going through the wall showing who’s leaving and who’s coming in.
Next to the bee hive, I found this jar of Creamed Honey from J&D Honeybees in Concord, Michigan. I absolutely love creamed honey! No, creamed honey doesn’t contain any cream. It’s whipped in such a way that it crystalizes and becomes granulated. I’ve had the J&D brand many times over the years. I just spread it on toast for an amazing snack.
The other snack shown here is some of Michaelene’s Gourmet Granola, from up in Clarkston, Michigan. Trabbic’s stocks quite a few varieties of Michaelene’s granola. This bag is their Simply Sunny & Honey, with toasted sunflower seeds, wildflower honey and brown sugar. It’s not as dense as a lot of granolas, having a very pleasant lightness and sweetness to it.
Of course, us two kids had to play for a bit …
With all the stuff we picked up at Trabbic’s today, Mary was able to create an outdoor fall display outside the house in no time. If you’re into fall, decorations, great food and great times, get to the Trabbic Farm Pumpkin Patch while the gettin’s good!