FOR LOVERS OF HALLOWEEN EVERYWHERE. Running for 25 years, it's HANSON'S HAUNTED HAYRIDE! It has become a local tradition since 1993 Every FRIDAY and SATURDAY night in the month of OCTOBER. From 7:00pm to 10:00pm . Over 100 volunteers come out to thrill and scare you in an exciting hayride through our farm. We do group rates and discounts. Call 508-877-3058 for more information.
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Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hayride
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Location: 20 Nixon Road, Framingham, MA 01701 ( Directions ) Dates/Times: Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 7:00 to 10:00 pm (Dates/Times and prices subject to change as years go by) Admission: $12 per child 12 and under, $14 per adult (Call ahead for groups of 10 or more) Phone: (508) 877-3058 Website: http://www.hansonsfarm.50webs.com
Although I wasn’t able to visit any haunted attractions last year, thankfully that is not the case this year.
When it comes to haunted attractions in Massachusetts, Middlesex County is desolate and Hanson’s Haunted Farm seems to he only “real” haunted attraction in the area. Seriously. After years of online research, the only other permanent haunted attraction in the area I was able to find was a yard haunt in Marlborough and I recently heard rumors of an elementary school in the area that allegedly does a haunted house, but could find no references to it online. Occasionally another haunt would show up, only to vanish the following year. Sadly, I always found out about said haunts the year they failed to return. My theory is that most of the people in that area have somehow failed to realize that Spooky World has long since moved away from Berlin, MA and feel it’s pointless to try to compete with them. In fact, I’ve found that this attitude towards any particularly successful business is quite prevalent throughout the area. In short, Hanson’s Farm is the only game in town.
Hanson’s Farm was founded in 1908 and is currently operated by the family’s 5th generation. While I do not know for sure how long they have been running haunted farm and hayride, I did overhear one of people in front of me commenting on how he had been visiting it for the past 10 years! I should also note how their founding date is referenced in the haunted hayride as an injoke (but I won’t spoil it by telling you how). If at all possible, you should pick up some of their fresh fruits and vegetables, as they’re delicious and usually much bigger than what you’d get at a supermarket. When you approach the farm, be sure to note that parking for the event is across from the farm itself. Although you might see a line in front of the haunted house, you have to buy tickets in the farm store (you’ll recognize it since all the lights are on). While there, be sure to keep an eye out for free goodies, like discount coupons for Party City (formerly iParty).
The haunted farm/house is actually an open-air maze of sorts made from wooden fences. The Hanson’s Farm crew very cleverly set it up so that you can’t see directly into the haunt while waiting in front of the entryway. They also have the first scare positioned in such a way that you can (usually) hear the screams of its victims not too long after they enter, which nicely builds suspense and anticipation amongst those waiting in line. Quite frankly, I’m surprised nobody took advantage of the haunt’s fence-based construction to get an extra scare by jumping up and screaming while customers passed by on the other side. There are plenty of clever scares here, with actors popping out right in front of you, waiting in unexpected areas, following you and even one who yells that he’s going to get you long before you meet up with him. While while waiting in line for the haunted hayride after completing the maze, I overheard him leading the entire haunt in singing the Freddy Krueger song. That must have been pretty freaky for every customer inside at the time. If your name is spoken while you wait in line, you’d better believe the monsters will make things personal. Very few of them do the old “pretend to be a dummy and later come to life trick,” although there are plenty of static dummies inside to help keep you guessing. There are also some still displays, such as a cannibal cookout and a skeleton in the gallows.
After exiting the haunt, you’re herded into a line for the haunted hayride. Colored lights provide an interesting atmosphere and you can occasionally see actors leaving the haunt after their shift ends (or even venturing out into the area the hayride is held in). One actor in particular, a scary-looking gentleman in a beat-up trenchcoat and fedora, made sure to wander close by the hay wagon to spook people before departing. The two wagons used in the hayride utilize a cage-style wagon like the one seen here rather than the usual wooden wagon I’m used to. That said, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this did not cause any major visibility problems when it came to the scares. Speaking of which, I think you’ll have the best experience by sitting on the left side of the wagon, possibly towards the end. A lot of the scares and scenes seemed to favor that side, although the hayride was designed to try and offer a much of the same scares on both sides as possible. That said, the position I was in (toward the center on the right side) had its perks and I was able to freely look around to take in as much of the scares as I could. While much of the area is wide open fields, the Hanson family has used several tricks to cover for that fact. In addition to the various buildings (both regular farm stuff and setups built for the haunted hayride) dotting the landscape, some scenes are hidden in darkness until hidden lights turn on. That said, there are a couple of times where you can see lighted areas ahead, along with light from neighboring houses, but I didn’t find it to be too much of an issue. It wouldn’t surprise me if, in the future, they try blocking the houses and the distant upcoming scenes out of view with larges scarecrows and the like. There’s only a scant few parts where monsters jump out of nowhere, everything else involves a scene of some kind, like a cemetery and spooky shack. And when they do leap out at the wagon, they go the extra mile and constantly attack it with weapons! There were a few areas that would have benefited from having some monsters jump out at you, such as the “Egor” section that had things like a giant pumpkin with a hole in it and an idling car, but nothing happened while we went through it! Speaking of going the extra mile, I was shocked that numerous scenes used real flames! There were some seemingly unintentional surprises too, like the giant puddle we had to drive through, in addition to the huge bump that nearly threw the girl next to me out the door! The ending featured a great return to some aspects of earlier scenes in the hayride, along with adding some new material. On the way out, don’t forget to check out the volunteer sign-up sheet on a table to the left. If it wasn’t for transportation and scheduling issues, I definitely would have signed up.
As you can imagine from that last sentence, the haunt has a large volunteer staff, which might explain why some of the creatures (especially toward the end of the hayride) were of the “person in regular clothes wearing a mask” variety. While I understand the difficulty in having enough costumes that can fit a variety of shapes and sizes, it would have been preferable if the monsters wore hooded robes or all black. While street clothes can work on a chainsaw maniac or a zombie, it doesn’t work for all characters. Similarly, gloves are a must for most characters. If you’re trying to convince me you’re a stuffed dummy instead of an actor, showing your bare hands makes it a bit hard to swallow. While in the maze, I also caught a few actors not wearing their masks, which is a big no-no. Thankfully, there were very few props that didn’t compare up with rest of the ones used in the haunt and, overall, both haunts were fantastic.
Despite its little-to-no competition, Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hayride has not rested on its laurels and phoned in its haunted attractions. Given how the cost works out to about $7 per attraction for adults, it’s a great deal and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. I understand that in both haunts, some scenes change and others are retained for the next year, which means you’ll never experience them the exact same way when you visit in future years. So if you’re in the area, make sure to visit!
Final verdict: 4 skulls out of 5 (for the total experience)
UPDATE: Hanson’s Farm now has two alternate websites online. Also, the yard haunt mentioned above has become a full-fledged haunted attraction, so be sure to visit both attractions if you get the chance. You won’t regret it!
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Haunted Hayrides in Massachusetts
Haunted hayrides are a fun and spooky activity that combines the joy of a hayride with the thrill of a haunted attraction.
During a haunted hayride, riders board a tractor-pulled wagon filled with hay or straw and are taken on a ride through a dark and eerie trail. Along the way, they encounter actors dressed as monsters, zombies, and other scary characters who jump out to provide thrills and chills .
There aren’t a lot of farms offering haunted hayrides in Massachusetts but the ones that do are very popular.
The following is a list of haunted hayride attractions in Massachusetts:
Century Sportsman’s Club Haunted Hayride & Spooky Walk:
Address: 531 Rochdale St, Auburn, MA
The Century Sportsman’s Club holds this annual Halloween event which serves as a fundraiser for charity. The event is run entirely by volunteers and features a haunted hayride and spooky walk.
The hayrides begin after sunset and run every 20 minutes. Each wagon can accommodate 20 to 30 people. The event is held every weekend from late September to late October.
Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hayride:
Address: 20 Nixon Road Framingham MA
Established in 1993, Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hayride is a Halloween event held at the Hanson Farm every weekend in October.
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The event features a haunted hayride run entirely by volunteers that takes riders throughout the farm while over 100 volunteers come out to scare them at every turn.
Monster Mash Scream Park at McCray’s Farm:
Address: 55 Alvord St, South Hadley, MA
Established in 1991, Monster Mash Scream Park at McCray’s Farm is a popular Halloween attraction located in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
The park offers a Monster Mash Haunted Hayride and two walk-through haunts, the Massacre Manor and the D.O.N.G.R.F.
Visitors first embark on the haunted hayride and when it comes to end they step inside the first of two haunted walk throughs.
Address: 79 Powers Rd, Westford, MA
Established in 1999, Witch’s Woods in Westford, Massachusetts, is a popular Halloween-themed attraction that transforms a peaceful woods into a spooky and thrilling experience during the Halloween season.
One of the main attractions at Witch’s Woods is usually the haunted hayride during which riders board a wagon that then makes its way through the woods where riders see witches, ghouls, werewolves, ghosts and zombies chasing after the wagon.
The hayride is about a half hour long and travels through 200 acres of woods and fields on this working dairy farm.
In 2019, the Matador Network named Witch’s Woods one of the 10 scariest haunted hayrides in America and, in 2021, Martha Stewart named it one of the 15 best haunted hayrides in the United States.
For more fun things to do in the fall, check out this article on fall attractions in Massachusetts .
Sources: Baker, Nashia. “15 of the Best Haunted Hayrides in the United States.” Martha Stewart, 31 Aug. 2021, marthastewart.com/8153031/best-haunted-hayrides-united-states Wittman, Alex. “The 10 Scariest Haunted Hayrides in the U.S.” Matador Network, 14 Oct. 2019, matadornetwork.com/read/scariest-haunted-hayrides-united-states/ Rivera, Sofia. “Nine Haunted Hayrides in New England.” Boston Magazine, 13 Sept. 2019, bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2019/09/13/haunted-hayrides-new-england/ “Witches Woods at Nashoba Valley Ski Area.” North Shore Magazine, 26 Oct. 2018, nshoremag.com/community-news/witches-woods-at-nashoba-valley-ski-area/ “The Woods.” Witch’s Woods, witchswoods.com/the-woods
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Nine Haunted Hayrides in New England
These classic Halloween adventures include everything from horse-drawn wagons for all ages, to horror-filled fields for only the most courageous.
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We’ve already started dipping our toes into fall with pumpkin-spiced drinks and light jackets, but it’s about time to start thinking about Halloween. There are Halloween movie screenings, Beacon Hill’s transformation into a real-life Halloweentown , the carved pumpkin float on the Frog Pond, and, perhaps the most underrated activity of all: haunted hayrides.
There’s a hayride for everyone, from the family-friendly venture at Charmingfare Farm, to the adults-only version at Monster Mash Scream Park. Trekking through woods and cornfields, the nighttime excursions pop up all over the region this time of year, ready to scare and entertain the L.L. Bean boots off of riders. Below, check out 10 of the best haunted hayrides around New England.
Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hayride
Swing by during the day, and the farm is an idyllic scene: A quaint farmstand serves up freshly grown produce until November, and a corn maze dubbed “Tom and Matt’s Excellent Adventure” offers a labyrinth of family-friendly fun. But when nighttime falls, get out of there or get scared. Hailed as a “local tradition since 1993,” the autumn ritual brings out more than 100 volunteers to thrill patrons with a haunted barn tour and a hayride that bravely treks through farmland scenes featuring fires, gunshots, graveyards, and more. For families looking for a more wholesome autumnal trip, un-haunted hayrides are available during daylight hours to bring guests out to the most excellent corn maze.
$20, 20 Nixon Road, Framingham, 508-877-3058, hansonsfarm.50webs.com .
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Monster Mash Scream Park at McCray’s Farm
Get in on this Western Mass. three-for-one scare, which is celebrating its 29th “anniverscary” this year. Included in the $25 admission is a hayride and two haunted houses, one of which taunts goers with everything from dolls to snakes, and the other of which is so intense it’s reserved for those 18 and older. The hayride itself takes half an hour to journey through over 200 acres of fields on the working dairy farm, where tableaus featuring Pennywise the clown, “mutant pigs,” and “experiments gone wrong” are sure to unsettle. For parents with young ones wanting to get in on the fun (without getting scarred for life), the Munchkin Mash kiddie hayride is a sweet alternative. Available to those 10 and under, the 15-minute jaunt is an interactive effort to complete a quest—for any real-life Wednesday Addams out there, this year’s theme is the Addams Family.
$25, 55 Alvord St., South Hadley, 413-533-0775, fearonthefarm.com .
Century Sportsman’s Club’s Haunted Hayride and Spooky Walk
If you want to feel scared but also feel charitable about it, amble on over to Auburn this fall. Every Friday and Saturday during October, the Century Sportsman’s Club puts on a Halloween extravaganza, which also serves as the club’s largest fundraiser of the year. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Worcester Veterans Inc. and they’ll knock $5 off the admission price. They say the first wagon leaves at dark, so grab your friends and prepare for glow-in-the-dark mystery, disorienting fog, and shocking sights aplenty.
$20, 531 Rochdale St., Auburn, 508-832-2211, centurysportsmansclub.org .
Thursdays through Sundays all throughout October, make your way to Witch’s Woods, where a haunted hayride ventures through the forest at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area. With legs dangling off the edge of the wagon, the wooded ordeal involves zombies, werewolves, and pretty much any other ghouls you can dream up. Tickets include the hayride as well as admission to four other haunted houses and walk-throughs, so save some screams for those, too.
$39, 79 Powers Road, Westford, 978-692-3033, witchswoods.com .
Legends of Fear
In case your coping strategy for getting through any scary ordeal is telling yourself, “It’s not real,” Legends of Fear is here to tell you you’re out of luck. Their tagline: “Real farm. Real woods. Real fear.” Open on weekends from September 28 through November 2, these tractor-pulled wagons have been terrorizing Halloween lovers for 23 years—so they know what they’re doing. Expect bone-chilling chainsaws, creepy clowns, and most of all, the unexpected.
$26, 2 Saw Mill City Road, Shelton, Connecticut, 203-944-9090, legendsoffear.com .
Photo courtesy of Tim Leyden/Field of Screams
DeathCon1 Haunted Ride at the Field of Screams
Admission at the Field of Screams gains you access to all three of the property’s horrifying attractions: The Dungeon of Doom, a souped-up experience filled with animatronics and vibrating floors; the cleverly named Cirque du Souls 4D maze, where wayfarers don 3D glasses for an extra dimension of fear; and the DeathCon1 Haunted Ride, where guests board a five-ton military truck (a welcome relief for those with pesky hay allergies) to venture into an apocalyptic land ridden with zombies, aliens, and other unpredictable critters. They recommend budgeting around 45 minutes to make your way through the terrifying trio, which you can visit on weekends from October 4 through November 2. Be sure to visit soon, as they tend to switch it up each year.
$25, 179 Plain Meeting House Road, West Greenwich, Rhode Island, 401-397-2600, hauntedhayride.net .
Charmingfare Farm’s Harvest of Haunts
For horror movie aficionados, this working farm may not be the best place to get your scream on. But for children, people with children, or those who are really only in Halloween for the “Thriller” dance alongs and pumpkin flavors, this not-too-scary ride is the perfect way to spend a crisp October evening. The Harvest of Haunts takes place on Friday and Saturday nights from October 11-26. There are two kinds of hayrides to choose from: a horse-drawn wagon or a tractor train drive. Along the way, a creepy cast of characters will make an appearance, from witches and ghosts to an unhinged farmer and headless horseman. Make sure to arrive 15 minutes before your ticket time, as the rides can’t be rescheduled.
$29, 774 High St., Candia, New Hampshire, 603-483-5623, visitthefarm.com .
Spooky World Presents: Nightmare New England
Though “spooky world” might sound like the Casper the Friendly Ghost of haunted experiences, this self-proclaimed “hayride from hell” is truly the stuff of nightmares. From spiders to other disconcerting creatures, this mile-long excursion is bound to feel long. The spookiest part of all? The usual rule of thumb that says the monsters can’t touch you is out the door for this hands-on hayride, though all of the other four haunts included in ticket price are touch-free. Consult the 2019 schedule for October dates—opening day is on (September) Friday the 13, the park is open for Halloween night, and the final run is on November 9.
$39.99, 454 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield, New Hampshire, 603-424-7999, nightmarenewengland.com .
Vengeance in the Valley
It began some 15 years ago as a way to raise funds for a local class trip, and has only grown better and more unnerving in the years since. During Friday and Saturday nights throughout October, Gaines Farm sets aside typical farming duties to transform the 200-plus acres and host two hair-raising activities: the tractor-drawn haunted hayride and the sweet-sounding cornfield maze called “The Devil’s Torture Chamber.” If you’re only interested in the hayride, tickets cost $13, or for $22 brave souls can make their way through the cornfield, too.
$13+, 6343 Coolidge Highway (US Rt. 5), Guilford, Vermont, 802-257-0409, hauntedgainesfarm.com
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Hanson’s Haunted Hayride: A Spooky Experience for Halloween Lovers
Are you looking for a thrilling and memorable way to celebrate Halloween this year? Do you enjoy getting scared by creepy creatures and spooky surprises? If you answered yes, then you should definitely check out Hanson’s Haunted Hayride, one of the best and longest-running haunted attractions in Framingham, Massachusetts.
What is Hanson’s Haunted Hayride?
Hanson’s Haunted Hayride is a 20-minute ride through the dark and eerie woods of Hanson’s Farm in Framingham, MA. You will board a tractor-pulled wagon and encounter over 100 volunteers dressed as zombies, clowns, witches, ghosts, and other terrifying characters. They will jump out at you, chase you, scream at you, and do anything to make you scream. You will also see various scenes of horror and gore, such as a graveyard, a butcher shop, a haunted house, and more. The hayride is not for the faint of heart, but it is a lot of fun for those who love a good scare.
When and Where is Hanson’s Haunted Hayride?
Hanson’s Haunted Hayride is open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The last ride leaves at 9:45 pm. The hayride is located at Hanson’s Farm, 20 Nixon Rd., Framingham, MA 01701. You can buy tickets at the door for $15 per person or $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. You can also buy tickets online for $12 per person. The hayride is suitable for ages 10 and up.
What Else Can You Do at Hanson’s Farm?
Hanson’s Farm is not only a place for haunted hayrides, but also a place for family-friendly activities. You can pick your own pumpkins from their pumpkin patch, explore their corn maze, shop at their farm stand, or enjoy some fresh cider donuts. You can also visit their animals, such as cows, chickens, pigs, and goats. Hanson’s Farm is a historic property that has been in the family since 1715. It is a working farm that produces fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, eggs, and more.
Why Should You Visit Hanson’s Haunted Hayride?
Hanson’s Haunted Hayride is a great way to experience the spirit of Halloween with your friends or family. It's a tradition that has been going on since 1993 and has attracted thousands of visitors every year. It is one of the most popular and well-reviewed haunted attractions in the area. You can see some of the testimonials from previous visitors on their website, or watch some videos of the hayride on YouTube. If you are looking for a spooky and fun experience that will make you scream and laugh at the same time, then you should definitely visit Hanson’s Haunted Hayride this October.
How Can You Learn More About Hanson’s Haunted Hayride?
If you want to learn more about Hanson’s Haunted Hayride, you can visit their website at Hanson's Farm , or call them at (508) 877-3058. You can also read some articles about them on Halloween New England or Mommy Poppins . Don’t miss this opportunity to have a spooky and fun experience at Hanson’s Haunted Hayride this Halloween season.
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Halloween and fall events seem to gain lots of traction! Great local post! Have a great weekend! Kathy
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Walsh middle school's chapter of best buddies held a special outing to hanson's haunted hayride at hanson's farm in framingham last friday night..
Susan Petroni , Patch Staff
Walsh Middle School’s chapter of Best Buddies held a special outing to Hanson’s Haunted Hayride at Hanson’s Farm in Framingham last Friday night. Almost 20 members were present and went on the haunted hayride together. A fun time was had by all. Best Buddies is part of an international organization with almost 1,700 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. The organization fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Students with IDD are often isolated and left out of social activities. Best Buddies Middle Schools helps to create an inclusive school climate for students early on in their educational development. They are then matched with peers who assist them in fostering friendships, said Walsh Middle School Principal Theresa Carney. Walsh School Psychologist Otto Johnson and special educator Jill Drews are the advisors for the Walsh Best Buddy Chapter. Walsh Vice Principal Beth Herrmann also assists in much of the planning of activities and matching of students.
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7:00pm – 10:00pm, HANSON’S HAUNTED HAYRIDE! Every Friday and Saturday night during the month of October. A frighteningly family fun local tradition since 1993! Over 100 volunteers come out to thrill and scare you in an exciting hayride through Hanson’s farm. *** Group rates and discounts available. Call 508-877-3058 for more information. *** Hanson’s Farm, 20 Nixon Rd., Framingham, MA 01701.
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“ We took a hay ride to the corn maze , there are a few cows, and two pumpkin picking sections. ” in 13 reviews
“ Great farm with lots of fun Fall activities and various treats at the farm stand . ” in 4 reviews
“ Like Connor's farm it was a $20 fee to enter but they also give you a free pumpkin when you leave which makes it much worth the $20. ” in 2 reviews
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20 Nixon Rd
Framingham, MA 01701
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We stopped at this farm first on a Saturday before going to Connors farm (although in opposite directions). This farm was everything and more. Like Connor's farm it was a $20 fee to enter but they also give you a free pumpkin when you leave which makes it much worth the $20. We originally came here for the sunflower field alone which was so pretty. And to our nice surprise there was pond that reflected the pond trees off the water so beautifully. Also 10/10 recommend the smoked pulled pork sandwich and loaded bake potato. I also loved that this farm had wine and beer to sip while walking around where as Connor's farm sells no alcohol. Hansons farm also had a small fire pit where kids could make their own s'mores which I thought was the cutest idea ever. Do not skip this farm.
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Visited in mid October for the pumpkin patch and corn maze. The pumpkin patch was underwhelming, not many pumpkins to choose from. The hayride was pointless. The apple cider donuts were a 3/5. The best part of the experience was the corn maze which my party really enjoyed. There's a small free parking lot across the street, no street parking. There's picnic tables with beverage and food stands. The staff members were friendly and chatting with guests.
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Cute little farm, not too crowded or too long of a wait for a hay ride. Lots of photo ops in the sunflower fields, pumpkin patch, little red wagons, big red chair. They had sheep and cute activities like make your own s'mores, and a beer and wine garden. The cider donuts did have an odd taste right out of the fryer, maybe old oil, but I just tried again and the flavor has settled. It was a little unsightly to see trash and piles of boxes as well as broken down cars along the side, but otherwise the scenery is very nice.
Great farm with lots of fun Fall activities and various treats at the farm stand. Lovely wreaths in the winter, berry picking in the summer!
Love it here! Such an amazing local farm! Ice cream, cider donuts, veggies, honey, corn maze, sunflowers. Cows, kitties, sheep, chickens. And not to mention the foliage in the fall is to dieeeee for so beyond beautiful!
Loved it! I had a really good time here and didn't even know there was a farm in Framingham. It has been family owned for the longest time (1913) and there are a lot of photo opportunities with pumpkins, the corn maze and the sunflower field. I love being greeted by a chicken...there's also a chance to see the cow. They also have the best cider donuts ever!!!! I wish I had bought another bag. They often lovely pond ideal for weddings and special occasions. I would say this is very ideal for families. The corn maze was a good trek because these corn stems were so tall. Could have been a lot scarier but I ran into a tractor and abandoned RV. If they want to take it up a notch they should put some music and some halloween props to make it more exciting.
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Beautiful day in Framingham. This farm is 7 minutes from my house and I love it. The apple cider donuts were AMAZING, the employees literally couldn't keep up with the demand. My family loved them. The apple cider (cold) was also super delicious. We enjoyed the surprise addition of the empanada stand, yummmm, we loved them! The pumpkin patch, sunflowers, and overall vibe in this small farm but beautiful farm was wonderful.
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Cute little farm with nice open spaces for the kids to run! We enjoyed the corn maze - tallest corn I've ever seen! Yummy treats were a bonus! The staff were all friendly and helpful. I will say parking may be an issue when busy unless you have a truck and you have to cross road.
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We really enjoyed our first time visit to Hanson Farm. No waiting for a hayride and the corn maze was lots of fun with our 8 year old grandson. Lots of nice sized pumpkins at reasonable prices. They make apple cider donuts on site and they are always baking! Staff are very pleasant and welcoming. I had never been to this beautiful area of Framingham! I highly recommend Hanson farm. We will definitely return.
Perfect hidden gem ! We went on Saturday to go pumpkin picking and corn maze. The corn maze is perfect for little ones , my son 4 got us through it in about 20 mins. We took a hay ride to the corn maze, there are a few cows, and two pumpkin picking sections. This place a was great inexpensive Saturday afternoon outing.
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Environmental activists are frustrated by how authorities handled a diesel spill which poured into two Arctic rivers in late May.
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The drive from Norilsk airport to the city takes you past mile after mile of crumbling, Soviet-era factories.
It looks like an endless, rusting scrapyard - a jumble of pipes, industrial junk and frost-bitten brickwork. If you were looking for an industrial apocalypse film setting, this would be your place - but you're unlikely to get the permissions.
Norilsk was built in Stalin's times by gulag prisoners. This gritty industrial city is a testament to their endurance both of the cruelty of Stalin's regime and of the harsh polar climate. There were no thoughts then on how to build to protect the environment, just to survive it.
Vasily Ryabinin doesn't think much has changed, at least in ecological terms. He used to work for the local branch of the federal environmental watchdog, Rosprirodnadzor, but quit in June after exposing what he says was a failure to investigate properly the environmental impact of the gigantic diesel spill which poured into two Arctic rivers in late May.
At 21,000 tonnes, it was the largest industrial spill in the polar Arctic .
Despite the Kremlin declaring a federal emergency and sending a host of different agencies to participate in the clean-up, just last week Mr Ryabinin and activists from Greenpeace Russia found another area where technical water used in industrial processes was being pumped directly into the tundra from a nearby tailing pond. Russia's investigative committee has promised to investigate.
"The ecological situation here is so bad," Mr Ryabinin says.
"The latest constructions such as the tailing pond at the Talnack ore-processing plant were built exclusively by Nornickel chief executive Vladimir Potanin's team and supposedly in accordance with ecological standards, but on satellite images you can see that all the lakes in the vicinity have unnatural colours and obviously something has got into them."
Mining company Nornickel would disagree. It has admitted flagrant violations at the tailing pond and suspended staff it deems responsible at both the Talnack plant and at Norilsk Heat and Power plant no 3 where the diesel spill originated from.
On Thursday it appointed Andrey Bougrov, from its senior management board, to the newly-created role of senior vice president for environmental protection. It has a clear environmental strategy, provides regular updates on the status of the spill, and its Twitter feed is filled with climate-related alerts.
But what investors read is very different to the picture on the ground.
Norilsk used to be a closed city - one of dozens across the Soviet Union shut off to protect industrial secrets. Foreigners need special permissions approved by the Federal Security Service (FSB) to enter the region. It would take an invitation from Nornickel to make that happen and, for the past month since the spill, that has not been forthcoming.
Unlike in Soviet times, Russian citizens are now free to come and go. That's why our Sky News Moscow team were able to fly in and travel around the city, even if getting to the spill site was blocked. What they were able to film provides a snapshot of the immense challenge Russia faces in upgrading its Soviet-era industrial infrastructure, particularly at a time when climate change is melting the permafrost on which much of it was built.
Just downwind from one of the rusting factories on the city outskirts is a huge expanse of dead land. The skeletal remains of trees stand forlorn against the howling Arctic winds. Sulphur dioxide poisoning has snuffed the life out of all that lived here. Norilsk is the world's worst emitter of sulphur dioxide by a substantial margin.
"For 80km south of here everything is dead," Mr Ryabinin says, "and for at least 10km in that direction too. Everything here depends on the wind."
Immediately after the spill, Mr Ryabinin filmed and took samples from the Daldykan river just a few kilometres from the fuel tank which had leaked. By that point the river was a churning mix of diesel and red sludge dredged up from the riverbed by the force of the leak. Norilsk's rivers have turned red before and the chemical residues have sunk to the bottom, killing all life there. Nothing has lived in those rivers for decades.
In his capacity as deputy head of the local environmental watchdog, Mr Ryabinin says he insisted that he be allowed to fly further north to check the levels of contamination in Lake Pyasino and beyond.
Nornickel at the time claimed the lake was untouched by the spill. Mr Ryabinin says his boss encouraged him to let things be.
"I can't be sure I would have found anything, but this sort of confrontation - making sure I didn't go there with a camera, let alone with bottles for taking samples, it was all very clear to me. It was the final straw."
Rosprirodnadzor refused to comment to Sky News on Mr Ryabinin's allegations or suggestions that the agency was working hand in hand with Nornickel.
Georgy Kavanosyan is an environmental blogger with a healthy 37,000 following on YouTube. Shortly after the spill, he set out for Lake Pyasino and to the Pyasina River beyond to see how far the diesel had spread.
"We set out at night so that the Norilsk Nickel security wouldn't detect us. I say at night, but they've got polar nights there now, north of the Arctic Circle. So it's still light but it's quieter and we managed to go past all the cordons."
He is one of the few to have provided evidence that the diesel has in fact travelled far beyond where the company admits. Not just the 1,200km (745m) length of Lake Pyasino but into the river beyond.
He says his measurements indicated a volume of hydrocarbons dissolved in the water of between two and three times normal levels. He thinks after he published his findings on YouTube, the authorities' vigilance increased.
Greenpeace Russia have spent the last two weeks trying to obtain samples from Lake Pyasino and the surrounding area. They have faced difficulties getting around and flying their samples out for independent analysis.
They are now waiting for results from a laboratory in St Petersburg but say the samples remain valid technically for just four days after collection and that they weren't able to make that deadline due to the authorities' actively obstructing their work.
Elena Sakirko from Greenpeace Russia specialises in oil spills and says this has happened to her before. This time, a police helicopter flew to the hunter's hut where they were staying and confiscated the fuel for the boat they were using. Then a deputy for the Moscow city parliament tasked with bringing the samples back from Norilsk was forced to go back empty-handed.
"We were told at the airport we needed permission from the security department of Nornickel," Ms Sakirko says. "We asked them to show us some law or statement to prove that this was legal or what the basis for this was, but they haven't showed us anything and we still don't understand it."
Nornickel announced this week that the critical stage of the diesel spill is over. The company is now finalising dates for a press tour for foreign media and for other international environmentalists.
Mr Ryabinin thinks this should have happened weeks ago.
"If we don't let scientists come to the Arctic region to evaluate the impact of the accident, then in the future if anything similar happens, we won't know what to do."
A spokesperson for Nornickel said the company "is actively cooperating with the scientific community and will meticulously assess both the causes and effects of the accident."
Nornickel considers permafrost thawing to be the primary cause of the accident, but is waiting for the end of investigation before making a final statement, the spokesperson said.
They added that the company "accepts full responsibility for the incidents on its sites these past two months and holds itself accountable for any infrastructural deficits or poor decisions by personnel.
"The imperative is to do everything to clean up our sites, instil a stronger culture of transparency and safety in our workforce, and ensure that such situations do not occur in the future."