TravelKS.com Kansas Official Travel Guide 19 it). Peas, cabbage and lettuce come ripe around early June. Green beans are ready in July and are generally available through September. Customers who agree to leave half of the peas and green beans they pick get the other half free of charge. Pumpkinpickingbeginsthethirdweekend in September. Pendletons is also home to a Buttery Bio-Villa, open August through frost. What began as Karen and John Pendletons son Wills county fair 4-H entomology project has become a certied Monarch Waystation and offers visitors the chance to get eye-to-eye with a buttery as the beautiful creatures y around the educa- tional exhibit sipping nectar from garden owers. Part of the fun of a bed breakfast is getting to know the other guests. At Hed- ricksExoticAnimalFarmBedBreak- fast in Nickerson, visitors meet and greet as many as 30 different exotic animals, including zebra, camels, ostriches and kangaroos. Owner Joe Hedrick provides animals for traveling zoos, commercials and nativities, as well as all the animals used by the traveling Radio City Music Hall-based dance troupe, The Rockettes. Hedrick began his career as a rodeo clown and then started raising exotic ani- malsforatravelingpettingzoointhe1970s. He and his wife, Sondra, renovated an old bunkhouse for ranch hands into a family- friendly bed breakfast, and decorated and named each room and suite after a different species raised on their farm. Theres a zebra room, a kangaroo room, a llama room and more. Guests can enjoy morningandeveningfarmtoursandcamel or pony rides. Hedricks is open year-round, but for the largest number of animals and a chance to see new babies, spring is the best time of year to visit. Tours are also available without an overnight stay but require a reservation. Bison steaks are shipped from Duffs Buffalo Ranch, near Oakley, to the contiguous United States, but not all those customers are lucky enough to get up close and personal with a buffalo calf and her momma. Awe is the emotion owner Richard Duff observes most often in visitors enchanted by the vast horizons of his 3,800-acre ranch and, by the end of the calving season, some 400 buffalo grazing and cavorting just as their great-great- greats did centuries ago on the plains. Frommid-Maytomid-Octobertoursare available for individuals or groups as large as 40. Traveling through Duffs ravines and canyons, visitors get to know some of the local characters rather intimately: Whilesomeshycowsmaybeskittishabout letting their calves approach humankind, others dont seem to mind. And, as the season progresses, virtually all of the cows Peruse 20-plus acres of pumpkins of every imaginable pedigree. HEDRICKS EXOTIC ANIMAL FARM DUFFS BUFFALO RANCH MICHAEL C. SNELL Experience more flavors of the state. The From the Land of Kansas program showcases local agricultural products and experiences: fromthelandofkansas.com. far left: See the king of the plains animals at Duffs Buffalo Ranch. left: Camels are just one type of animal found at Hedricks Exotic Animal Farm. lower left: Tours at Hildebrand Farms Dairy include a look at the milk producers themselves. lower right: Find colorful corn for sale at the Pendleton Country Market.