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Fall Fun and Food at Wendel’s

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By Elizabeth Riggs

Take your pick of the patch this fall at Wendel’s Poultry Farm! The East Concord based, family-owned poultry farm spans far beyond fowl and feathers as they have already welcomed fall with pumpkins, hayrides, hot cider and much, much more.

This fall, the farm has already kicked off a full month of festivities, ranging from pumpkin picking, to hayrides, to craft shows.

Upon arrival to the farm, guests are sure to notice the festive front lawn full of pumpkins, squash and gourds, complete with a pumpkin dome that makes the perfect photo opp for little ones.

According to Bernie Wendel, there is a pumpkin for everyone, and the best things about Wendel’s is the price and the atmosphere.

“We have pumpkins ranging from $4 to $10. There is no pumpkin over $10,” she said. “We are a small, family-run business and it’s all family working here.”

Besides the hospitality and the pumpkins, the hayrides are also a big draw for guests. Hayrides are $3 for adults and children over five. (Children under five are free.)

“Wendel’s is the only place you can go on a hayride with Wanda the Witch,” said Wendel. “Wanda is my sister-in-law who dresses like a witch. She has quite the following. People just love to come on the hayrides with her.”

For a full fall experience, Wendel’s offers much more than just pumpkins and hayrides. The poultry farm also has a cup of cider for $1 and popcorn for $.50 to add to the experience while visiting. But guests can also purchase corn stalks, squash, hay bales, gourds, and homemade maple fluff and maple syrup, as well as their signature poultry products.

Visit Wendel’s store for farm-raised, grain-fed chickens that they raise in their own barns and process themselves. The poultry farm fowl are free of growth stimulants, hormones, preservatives and self-basting oils—a true farm to table experience.

Within the store, you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase Wendel’s signature BBQ sauce or chicken wing sauce, as well as homemade concoctions like turkey soup and chicken pot pies, or turkey gravy and seasoned chicken tenders.

For those who may not feel like cooking themselves, guests can try some of the signature fare on site. Each weekend from May through the end of October, the family can be found outside grilling up their signature chicken barbeque on open fire grills.

The mouthwatering meal includes half a chicken, a dinner roll with butter and choice of two sides, including potato salad, coleslaw, applesauce, four bean salad, German potato salad, baked beans, baked potato, pasta salad or macaroni salad.

In conjunction with the fall pumpkin sales and hayrides, the poultry farm also has a few special events coming up.

“The next two weekends there is a craft sale in the sugar house,” said Wendel. “They will have more than 30 craft vendors both weekends. All items are handmade – there are no resale crafts.”

The 16th Annual Arts in the Barn event will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on both Oct. 14 and 15, and Oct. 21 and  22.

Guests can take their pick of pottery, art, jewelry, stained glass, baskets, painted glassware, jams, jellies and much more. Come out and shop for unique handmade gifts and home decor for the holidays.

Wendel’s is located at 12466 Vaughn Street in East Concord and open every day except Mondays. For more information on Wendel’s Poultry Farm, visit their website: https://www.wendelspoultryfarm.com/ or visit their Facebook page: @wendelspoultry.

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