By George Denniston
Fall is a magical season at the Weston Red Barn Farm. The farm—open from the spring through November—offers educational school tours, opportunities to pick your own fruit, and farm-fresh produce.
Owner Steve Frey and his wife, Cindy, purchased the property in 1989 and opened the farm the following year for fruit picking. Twenty-five years later, the memories of Steve’s visits to his Aunt Ada and Uncle Earl’s farm outside of Higginsville are re-created here.
Admission to the farm is free because customers get to choose the experiences for which they want to pay. The choices are plentiful: a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch, a chance to visit farm animals at the barnyard, a pony ride, or a go at the very popular corn maze.
Recently, Steve and his team have taken on building a timber frame barn on a nearby hillside to use for weddings and other events. Incorporating an all wood peg construction, the team used no metal fasteners.
“It’s probably not an exaggeration to say that there has not been a peg barn built this large in the last 120 years in this area,” Steve says.