Northern Star Farm
About the Farm
Once a thriving dairy farm in the heart of Trappe Borough, since 2008 Northern Star Farm has focused on agricultural education through agricultural entertainment. They’re still an operating farm; growing corn and hay for the mushroom industry, and corn and soybeans for grain dealers in Lancaster. But they also offer a variety of year round activities designed to provide family fun, and to spread the knowledge of the importance of farming in today’s society.
Northern Star Farm has been owned by five generations of the Wismer family since 1927. The farm encompasses 230 acres, representing 18% of Trappe’s total land mass. And, through a series of transactions beginning in 1992, the entire farm has been given over to preservation through the Montgomery County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. The Wismer family is also active in preserving the history of Trappe Borough and the Collegeville region.
The farm is located near the intersection of Rt 113 and the Ridge Pike (Main Street in Trappe), and a few blocks from the Keystone Grange No. 2 and the Ursinus College campus. Community activities at the farm include school tours, a farmer’s market, a month of weekend festivities during the fall, and winter sleigh rides. They’re also a venue for private parties.
Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm
From the 1st Saturday in May until the last Saturday in October.
The Farmer’s market features:
- Fresh produce including fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats and eggs
- Various non-food vendors
Saturday and Sunday
10 am to 5 pm
From the last weekend of September until the end of October.
General festival activities include:
- Tractor pulled hayrides
- Pony rides
- 2 corn mazes
- Kiddie raceway
- Barnyard animals
- Farmer play barn
- Giant apple slingshot
- Air cannons
- Pumpkin sales
- Gift shop
Fall Fest Private Parties
Northern Star Farm is available for private parties for all ages, including evening parties.
- Birthday Parties
Saturday and Sunday
Two time slots: 11 – 1:30 and 2:30 – 5:00.
- Nursery School Tours
Weekday mornings during the Fall Festival timeframe
- Evening Parties
Moonlit hayrides, private bonfires, and flashlight corn maze (groups or individuals – call in advance to schedule)
Saturday and Sunday from 7 pm to 10 pm unless noted
Winter Sleigh Rides
Northern Star Farm offers private and group sleigh rides. A traditional “Santa” type sleigh is used for the private sleigh ride. The private ride can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. A large, wagon type sleigh on heavy duty runners that can accommodate up to 12 adults is used for the group sleigh ride.
Authentic coverings are provided for the private ride only. These may be hair or bison hides, or colorful Victorian era heavy wool. Riders on the group ride are invited to bring their own blankets.
- One hour rides can be booked by phone
- Requires a minimum of 3 inches of snow
- Gift certificates are available for the sleigh rides