We had an absolute blast at Petit Jean Farm Orchard!!!! Would and have already recommended this place to everyone I know! Ed the owner is one of the most amazing and kind people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
We kind of just happened upon his posting when looking for a campsite to stop at along our roadtrip to the Ozarks, and boy was it a blessing! Not only were there so many fun animals (sheep, a donkey, and even a neighbor's dog one day!) on the property and great views near by (Petit Jean State Park), but Ed has created the most perfect safe haven on his property.
He has an honor system farmers market in his barn filled with delicious goodies, treats, and great gifts. On Saturday's it is supposed to be filled with fresh produce and all the locals socializing... we missed it just barely on our trip, so we have decided to stop in again on our way back! That's how much we loved it here!
I have to mention again how great of a host Ed was to us. We arrived late at night, and he stayed up to make sure he could greet us when we arrived and help us get acquainted with the property and settle in. He made sure to test the waters and see how much we really wanted him around us, so he wasn't a bother... We enjoyed him so much that we made an effort to get to know him and his property a bit, and that was probably the best decision we made.
Ed is a wealth of knowledge about his land, the people around it, and just everything in general. He has a passion for hot air balloons and even invited us to an event he's putting on in the future! He is clearly everyone's favorite neighbor because all day long people were stopping in or calling on him for all sorts of reasons!
Community is the emphasis here, and we think that is what has made this place so great. If you are looking to spend your time all alone or to get pampered or "glamp" then this is not the place for you, but if you are down for an adventure, new friends, and a story or two you will love Petit Jane Farm Orchard and its lovely host Ed.