By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
During its recent open house Rockin’ Star Farms welcomed local residents and those from surrounding areas to see what the new venture would offer on a regular basis.
Owner Rachel Pickens said her and husband, Greg, wanted to engage the public in a fun and informative way.
“You could go to a movie here on a Friday night in Stillwater,” Pickens said. “You could go out to dinner, but really, as far as interacting and doing a lot of fun things and being outdoors, there’s really not anything for a family to do.”
That was her and her husband’s reasoning for opening Rockin’ Star Farms.
“Our main focus is Greg and I both grew up in agricultural backgrounds and in an agricultural lifestyle and we just realized that it’s so important for us both to raise our children having grown up with working on a farm and having that at a young age and knowing what work ethic is,” she said.
However, for those prospective visitors to the farm, Pickens said it’s more about promoting agriculture in a positive spotlight.
“So many people are becoming generations removed from agriculture,” Pickens said.
Education in a relaxed atmosphere is a big part of the experience, she said.
“We try to do a lot of promotions, signage and games that we would offer that if you went out to another farm to pick a pumpkin, you might not see all the educational facts and things like that,” she said.
Areas on site include a corn box, filled with corn kernels and toys, but educational signs featuring a cartoon mascot and pictures of what corn looks like in the field and a list of products that come as a result.
“On the haybales there’s questions they can answer about animals and some of the byproducts they can get, so people might not realize when they’re playing baseball, that if it wasn’t for cattle, they wouldn’t have this nice leather glove sitting on their hand,” Pickens said.
Also on the farm is a lodge available for rent that features three bedrooms and two baths. Multiple groups have already scheduled a stay. Pickens said it has been received well.
As for staying fresh to returning customers, Pickens said the farm will be flexible with seasons and holidays including Halloween and Christmas, but the favorites will remain including a petting zoo, food vendors and more. And Pickens hoped that last weekend’s open house would leave an indelible mark on visitors.
“When they drive out the gate, hopefully they’ll cherish the memory they have and hopefully think, I look forward to coming to the (Pumpkin) Palooza again next year or that they’ll come back out and spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon with their family,” Pickens said.
For more information, visit www.rockinstarfarms.com or search for the business on Facebook.