As a photographer, finding a sunflower farm to shoot pictures at as been on my to-do list for a while. Last summer on our road trip to South Dakota, Danielle and I saw fields and fields of sunflowers. However, our schedule was too tight to stop and take photos.
Visiting a sunflower farm
This summer I was planning on heading to Pope Conservancy in Verona to check out their sunflower farm fields (spoiler alert – I’m still planning on going), but I found a posting on Facebook about the Bergsbaken Farm Sunflower Festival that being held in Cecil, WI. Given that the weather has been a little wild this summer, I decided to hedge my bets and go to both of them, assuming the weather was cooperating.
Given that we hadn’t been to a sunflower farm festival before, and this was a non-retail farm, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I was hoping for was a lot of photo opportunities!
Overall I was pretty impressed with the set-up. One thing that I loved is that unless you were buying food or product (there was a small craft section), the farm didn’t charge for anything. All the activities were free. However, they did ask for a donation which I think is more than fair given everything that they were offering.
For the kids
There was a TON of stuff for the kids to do. There was a craft table.
A bounce house
They even had a learning opportunity for the kids with a clue scavenger hunt. Fun and educational – you gotta love it!
In addition to being able to take plenty of pictures while wandering through the sunflowers on a hay-covered path,
They had set-up multiple pictures taking opportunities throughout the sunflower farm.
There was also a platform for taking pictures of the whole field that proved irresistible to the teenage girls who spent a lifetime up there taking pictures of themselves while the rest of us waited in line.
For big kids, they had a quilt raffle (which I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll win) and an opportunity to cut sunflowers to take home. That line was WAY too long for me to stand in, so we skipped it.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a flower field without bees out collecting pollen.
The bees weren’t the only ones getting pollen on their bodies. Of course, I didn’t notice the pollen on Mike’s nose from trying to smell them until we were getting ready to leave. Letting him walk around like that might take me out of the running for wife of the year.
The only complaint I had was that the lines were so long we didn’t get to spend any more. I’d have liked to have gotten some food (and one of those awesome cookies they posted) as well as cut some sunflowers to take home. However, we had already waited in some lines already and just weren’t up to anymore. I’m hoping that as they continue to do the festival, some of those small issues will be worked out.
If you’re going
The farm is in Cecil, right outside of Bonduel. Parking is on the highway so be careful walking back to the farm. The farm is very kid friendly and was good for the whole family.
Bonduel has an active Amish community with a bakery that is suppose to be fantastic. Next year we’re planning on going early so that we can check that out as well.