Historic Grandpa Tiny's Farm gets ready for new season
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Frankenmuth's longtime working farm turns eighty-four this year

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. - CuisineWire -- One of Frankenmuth's only remaining working farms open to the public is launching its 84th season, featuring its famous petting barn, special events, educational tours and a closer look at historic farm equipment and buildings.

Grandpa Tiny's Farm (https://www.grandpatinys.com), located at 7775 Weiss Road in Frankenmuth, will begin offering tours and open its petting barn to families and groups at the end of April, weather permitting.

The unique heritage farm is owned by the Bavarian Inn William "Tiny" and Dorothy Zehnder Foundation. Agri-tourism business owner Wendy Winkel runs her business on the land, honoring Tiny Zehnder's original vision for the property. Winkel actively runs the farm, offers educational events, u-pick times for fresh products, popular activities such as the Frankenmuth Flower Festival and Santa's Reindeer Farm, and much more during a season that runs from late April through mid-December.

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Weather permitting, the farm will open Saturday, April 30. Farm hours are:
  • Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of May.
  • Starting mid-June, open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $6, while children under age 2 get in free. Parking is available at no charge on a gravel lot in front of the Big Blue Barn.

Originally established in 1938 when Tiny Zehnder purchased the farm at age 18, the 60-acre complex includes two barns more than 100 years old, a corn crib and milk house, a historic iron bridge, a one-room schoolhouse and a fully restored farmhouse. While not all original to the property, many of the structures have been restored with the idea of creating a unique visitor experience in Frankenmuth.

"Tiny really had a vision to create a historic village in town," said Winkel, who just completed her fifth year operating her agri-tourism business at the farm site.

An agri-tourism expert and president of the Michigan Agri-tourism Association, Winkel especially enjoys welcoming field trips for students from the surrounding community. Group trips can be scheduled for all ages and sizes, though no more than 20 is recommended.

"I love to see the children on school field trips come here and learn about farming," said Winkel.

Source: Grandpa Tiny's Farm

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