(TN Dept. of Agriculture) Tennessee’s agritourism season is in full swing. From Shelby County to Johnson County, people of all ages will visit pumpkin patch, corn mazes and apple orchards in search of scenery, wagon rides, festivals and all manner of entertainment up at Halloween.
“Now more than ever, it’s important to support your local farms,” said Vera Ann Myers of Myers Farm in Hawkins County. “By visiting a farm this fall, you will have the opportunity to learn and have fun outdoors, buy a pumpkin, explore a corn maze or sit by a fire with your family and your friends.
If you’re looking for the perfect adventure this season, you’re in luck. Several U-pick pumpkin fields are already open and most operations will be well underway by early October.
Sunset Valley Farms in Henderson County is also ready for fall visitors. “By visiting your local pumpkin patch, you’re not only supporting your local farmers, but learning about what goes on on a farm,” says owner Brian Muetze. “My recommendation is to disconnect from the business of life and enjoy what the farm has to offer – take in the scenery, see the magic of how things grow, and most importantly, enjoy the experience with those you you like.”
There are currently 864 Pick Tennessee Product businesses that offer activities such as wagon rides, fishing, horseback riding, picking your own produce and cutting your own Christmas tree, and farm lodging. , wineries, distilleries and breweries.
Discover agritourism opportunities near you by visiting www.picktnproducts.org/find-products/fun-education.html. Or use the free Pick Tennessee mobile app. Follow @PickTNProducts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn about seasonal activities, artisan farm products and recipes.