Kermit and Geraldine Marquis and their family look forward to welcoming visitors to their 250-acre farm at 39 Fall Creek Road for the 2002 Farm City Day - a free, family oriented, educational event offering the public a chance to visit a working farm and learn about agriculture through nearly 50 different exhibits, hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Freebrook Farm has been in the Marquis family for nearly 70 years, and was a dairy farm until Kermit retired in 1992. The family currently raises draft horses, which pull an assortment of buggies, carriages and wagons for parades, weddings, parties and tours of the farm. One of the Farm City Day highlights will be the horse-drawn wagon ride farm tour, which will introduce visitors to the field crops on Freebrook farm and also the vegetable crops on the neighboring Thompson Research Farm.
Horses are not new to the farm; Kermit's parents, James and Ethel, worked the farm with horses before the advent of the tractor, and there was a team on the farm until Kermit was 21. In fact, many horse drawn farm implements will be display for Farm City Day, in addition to a number of antique buggies and carriages. Geraldine recalls that when their children were young they all had their own horses, and Kermit decided he wanted some, too. That desire motivated them to buy their first draft horse in 1977 and led to as many as 17 at one time, in addition to 15 quarter horses. Visitors can expect to see several different draft horse breeds at the event, as well as other farm animals, including sheep, goats and dairy calves all up close and personal.
Last updated September 25, 2015