Fall is the season for preparation. Most people think that as the leaves change into brilliant autumn colors that the work on a farm slows down. Quite the contrary – this is the time of the year we begin to prepare for the the next crop of peaches, strawberries, blackberries, and seasonal vegetables. Every year we take out the old and plant new strawberries since the first year of growth for these plants are the most productive. Our strawberries and many vegetable beds are covered with special black plastic which prevents weed growth, holds water and nutrients in the ground, and allows for micro-management of these plants. Some of our our crop production areas may be left unplanted (fallow) while the remaining cropland areas are cultivated and planted to crops. Peach orchards are watered until November, when the trees go into a dormant state.
Fall is also a time for harvest – pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, collards, and turnips are all harvested in the fall. Our Roadside Market is filled with traditional Thanksgiving fruits and vegetables. If you’ve never tried our pumpkin roll, make sure you pick one up. Pumpkin pies, sweet potatoes pies, and pecan pies are also made fresh at our bakery. Our roadside market stays open through out the year. Of course we sell the vegetables that we grow on the farm, but we also make weekly trips to the State Farmers Market to provide our customers with a bountiful array of mountain apples, and bananas, as well as sweet, red, and white potatoes…. We also have pecans — unshelled or shelled. And our jarred products and gift baskets are always available! Our field crews are also very busy harvesting grains and other crops (corn, rye, wheat, brown top millet, milo, and sericea).
Crisp fall temperatures and the excitement of returning to school after summer breaks provide the ideal atmosphere for our Pumpkin Patch school field trips. These field trips are the perfect opportunity for children to experience farming first hand. Just in time for Halloween – come out and pick your own pumpkins from our “Pick Your Own” patch or buy one right off the shelf. Also, don’t forget about the annual Fall Festival held in late October.