Welcome to Hayman Farms, home of Barb and Tracy Gleim (a.k.a. the Hayman)! We are a working farm located seven miles northeast of Carlisle, Pennsylvania – just a hop, skip and a jump from the PA turnpike, Rte. 81, and U.S. 11. Though the farmhouse dates back to 1850, Hayman Farms has been in the Gleim family and a working farm since 1948. We produce quality home-raised beef and a variety of hay and corn to feed and to sell. The 110 acre home-place is the base of a 500 acre farming operation.
The hayrides have been a long tradition at Hayman Farms, starting in the mid-70’s. For the next 25 years, hayrides were given just for fun to friends and neighbors. Soon, we found ourselves giving hayrides from the middle of September to the end of October. In the year 2000, we were approached by our local Future Farmers of America (FFA) at Cumberland Valley High School to do the rides as a scholarship fundraising event for their chapter. We accepted the challenge and, again, the number of rides continued to grow. It became evident that our community wanted some type Agri-entertainment and farming education for their families, so we started Hayman Farms in the fall of 2009. We still give a minimum of $2500.00 yearly to our local FFA chapter for graduating FFA students.
Our local farmer is a character who developed a character of his own. “Hayman” is a character comprised of three round bales stacked on top of one another, with an orange smiley face painted on the top bale. One evening, in the early 1990’s, Tracy Gleim was baling hay and decided to make the Hayman. He created it, knowing the following day was election day, and he placed a sign at the bottom that read, “Hayman Vote.” And thus, Hayman became a popular part of our community ever since, wishing people happy birthday, anniversary, and announcing special events.
We hope you like your day at Hayman Farms, and if you have time, stop to say hi to the Hayman.