October is here, which means it’s time to pick pumpkins to carve or to use as decorations.
A trip to a pumpkin patch on a family farm is a magical tradition that brings families together and marks the beginning of fall. The two farms highlighted here offer more than just being a place to pick pumpkins, they provide opportunities for families to create lasting memories. From selecting the perfect pumpkin to wandering through a corn maze, a farm is the perfect way to spend a beautiful autumn day.
While Tennessee has an abundance of incredible farms from which to choose, both of these farms are family-owned and cater to providing fun for fall days.
The Wilson Family Farm:
Nestled in College Grove is the Wilson Family Farm, which has operated for 130 years. Due to this, it's considered a designated century farm, meaning it’s been an active farm that’s stayed within the same family for 100-plus years.
Besides being a venue that can be used for birthday parties, field trips, date nights and weddings, it’s also a perfect fall destination due to its pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides and fall treats.
The Wilson Family Farm being open to the public during the fall is a relatively new thing as it originally started with their friends coming over to pick some pumpkins a few years ago. Now, everyone is welcome to join in on the fall fun there.
“In the fall season, we have people come and make memories along with us,” Lynn Wilson says. “It’s a very special place for a lot of different people.”
Those who come to the farm also get a chance to meet Camo, the famed farm dog who is referred to as “the heart of the farm.” Camo greets all who visit the farm, making them feel as though they’re a part of the Wilson family.
Lucky Ladd Farms:
Located in Eagleville, Lucky Ladd Farms is where families of any shape and size can come and experience a unique “ag-venture.” Fall is the busiest time of the year at the farm and offers so many fall-related activities. Guests can expect pumpkin patches, plenty of photo ops and many fall treats and specialty drinks.
“We like to think of it as our own fall wonderland,” Amy Ladd says. "I wait all year for the caramel apples, pumpkin spice donuts, apple cider slushies, s'mores lattes, hot cocoa, so many good things!”
This year, Lucky Ladd even has some new exciting additions. They’ve expanded their nature trail to include native wildlife, so patrons can expect to meet the resident animals on the farm.
Make sure to get tickets in advance though, as tickets for prime weekends at Lucky Ladd Farms tend to sell out quickly.
“In the fall season we have people come and make memories along with us,” Lynn Wilson says.