One of the methods used by the Flying J Farm to promote our philosophy is through
special events and festivals for urban people. Some of these events have live music
and dancing. All of the warm-weather events include a hayride back to the lake for
a bonfire. Children are encouraged at all regular events. The “entertainment barn”
which has a pool table and darts is always available for these events. The Flying
J has been called an “entertainment farm” because of its three regular events and
many one-time events each year.
The first regular event of the year, the third or fourth weekend in February, is
the Maple Sugar Festival featuring tours of the sugarbush, demonstrations of identifying
and taping trees, gathering sap, evaporating and bottling the syrup. Tastes of the
syrup from the evaporator as well as in baked goods and pancakes are always a part
of the festival.
Second, the fourth weekend in April is the Mushroom Hunt where we search for the
exotic but elusive morel mushroom. This is the season for fresh wildflowers in the
woods as well as many edible plants that can be gathered. The Flying J Farm is one
place where you are encouraged to pick the flowers (except for the trilliums and
creek lilies). Food is potluck featuring mushrooms.
In late September or early October we have the Fall Fest, our most popular event
of the year. We have educational seminars including a farm tour where we describe
the various steps we have taken to be sustainable in an unsustainable country. These
include solar electric, making biodiesel fuel, sawmill, oudoor wood furnace, making
chicken feed from our grains, etc.
The event also includes lots of food from the farm and music and dancing.
“I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends more on the
way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.”