Corporate Retreats & Company Picnics


Your company and the Sassafras Farm experience:

At Sassafras Farm, find opportunities to grow together as a company and interact in collaborative activities while sharing unique experiences at a real working farm. Sassafras Farm, located 30 minutes north of Charleston, WV, welcomes your company and provides a perfect location for your next corporate retreat or company picnic with fun and customized events. Below, find examples of planned events–OR let us customize an event just for you! Email Suzanne at [email protected] to get started.

Company Picnics

Picnic groups up to 100 can be accommodated.

Indoor and outdoor covered seating, as well as outdoor uncovered seating is available. Tables and chairs are provided. Feel free to bring blankets/quilts if you prefer to sit on the grass. Meal service includes lunch from your chosen menu option with beverages and desserts, plus all paper plates and bowls, disposable utensils, napkins, cups, etc. There is a restroom inside the studio.

Available no-charge activities, which will be set up for you, include horseshoe and corn hole games, feeding treats to the animals (treats are provided, please don’t bring treats), playing with the goats and their costume box, and butter-making.

Picnic lunch at the farm only – $15 per person.
Picnic lunch at the farm with add-on activities (see description) – $30 per person.

Add-On Activities:
Hands-on milking the cows or goats at the barn along with a cheese making demonstration and cheese tasting. More add-on activities can be provided by request, for an additional charge (such as soap making).

Picnic Menu Options:
All menu options include beverages (water, sweetened and unsweetened iced tea, lemonade, punch, and coffee) and dessert. Choose from one of the following menu options for the main course and sides. Custom menus can also be provided by request.

1. Sub sandwich bar with deli meats/cheeses and assorted fixings, potato chips and corn on the cob.
2. Roasted chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, and fresh homemade rolls.
3. Pulled bbq pork with buns, baked beans, and garden salad bar.

Dessert – Ice cream bar with ice cream made fresh from the cow’s cream here on the farm in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, along with a variety of toppings including chocolate and caramel sauces, nuts, sprinkles, cherries, bananas, served either in bowls or in fresh homemade waffle cones.

Corporate Retreats

Corporate retreats with workshops can be provided for groups from half a dozen to 40.

Full-day retreats – $125 per person, including three meals and all activities and supplies.
Half-day retreats – $75 per person, including lunch and all activities and supplies.

Full-day retreats

Goat Cheese, Soap, Fudge & Ice Cream Workshops: Experience hands-on milking a goat then make goat cheese, goat’s milk soap, goat’s milk fudge and ice cream along with homemade waffle cones.

Taste of Sassafras Farm: Head to the barn to milk a cow then make cheese, soap, and candles plus learn to grind grains and make a rustic whole grain yeast loaf.

Half-day retreats:

Visit the barn to milk a cow or goat then choose two of the following craft or culinary programs to complete your day.

Cheese Making, Cake Decorating, Fudge & Ice Cream, Bread Baking, Soap Making, or Candle Making.

Also see: Tastings and Tours.

The Sassafras Farm Experience

Find fresh innovation and team-building through creative culinary and craft activities at a real working family farm. Every retreat includes meals prepared in the health department-approved kitchen of the Studio at Sassafras Farm plus all instruction, supplies, activities, and take-homes. Milk the cows or goats, collect eggs from the chickens, give treats to the animals, and rock on the porch while you watch the calves frolic. All you need to bring is an apron (optional), muck boots (recommended for forays to the barn), and your enthusiasm to learn! Every workshop is HANDS-ON with teacher and milk maid Suzanne McMinn, writer and creator of Chickens in the Road.

All events are customizable to your needs. To schedule your fun, effective, and memorable corporate retreat or company picnic, or for more information, email Suzanne at [email protected].

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