Jeff Smith and Twin Oaks Farms
By Pamela Kleibrink Thompson Photos Tia Crabtree
Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh is one way to go. But another way to dash through the snow, is to slide down the snow-covered hills on a tube supplied by Twin Oaks Farms owner Jeff Smith. The small operating farm north of the City of Eagle has been in business since 2002. They rotate crops such as hay, corn, wheat, potatoes and pumpkins. But in the winter, they raise the level of fun.
‘What I like most about my business are the events,” shares Smith. “I enjoy working
outdoors and watching children and adults having fun.” Four years ago, Smith added attractions to his farm, opening it up to those who wanted to explore a corn maze. Last year he and his wife, Toni, expanded to include a Winter Wonderland. “In addition to a tubing hill (we supply tubes or you can bring your own), we also have a hay ride (weather permitting), camp fires to warm up, farm animals, and Christmas lights and decorations.” Look for wild animals too–they regularly venture on to the grounds from the adjacent BLM land, and some that have made the farm their home.
In the summer, the Smiths host The Tater Dash Mud Run. Slated for Saturday, July 14th, 2018, the 5th annual Tater Dash, deemed the best mud run in the Northwest, will be hosted at Twin Oaks Farms. “Tater Dash is a mud run around the perimeter of our farm,” explains Smith. We had 60 mud obstacles this year which included rope climbs, slides, mud pits, and more. It’s a lot of down home, dirty fun!” If you register before January 15, you’ll save $25 on your entry fee. This year’s charity is the Idaho Foodbank. A parking donation of $5 will help feed 20 Idahoans.
For harvest season fun, visit Twin Oaks Farms in October when the Smiths present a corn maze and Halloween Land. This year there was an Eagle themed maze. Beginning in 2013, attractions include lots of farm animal displays, Bunny Hill, goats, highland cattle, turkeys, ducks, horses, donkey, geese, and even wild deer passing through most evenings. Other attractions include a kid’s straw maze, nerf wars, horseshoe pits, tether ball, slides, pony and horse rides, and a hay ride that features a beautiful view of the Treasure Valley.
“We needed to supplement the farm income and a corn maze fit right in,” reflects Smith. “From there we brainstormed activities that could be done without any interference to the farming and crops.”
An Eagle resident for 27 years, Smith enjoys the small-town atmosphere. In addition to the events for the community, the Smiths also support youth hunter education classes. “Their final exam/field test is held here,” notes Smith. “The kids have a genuine field experience with an obstacle course test they must pass in order to obtain their hunting license. Our goal is to continue to farm, but also to bring people outdoors to enjoy the farm and nature.”
With a college education in wildlife biology, Smith has always been interested and involved with farming and animals. He has a background in landscaping, wild land firefighting, and logging. He started and ran International Stone a retail, wholesale stone yard. One of the projects he’s proudest of is the Quail Ridge waterfall.
Smith notes that he has enjoyed endless support from his wife. “We feel Twin Oaks is unique and different as all of our events revolve around farming and nature. Our activities center around nature, the farm, and just getting people out and active.”
Smith’s passions are his family–he has two sons, Devon (28) and Dalton (24). He is also passionate about nature and the outdoors and is excited to share these passions with visitors to Twin Oaks Farms. His dream project is “just what I’m doing now.”
For more info:
3250 N. Eagle Road
Eagle Idaho, 83616