Saturday, September 11, 2010
Fall at Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Last weekend hubby and I stopped by the local farm for their Fall Days - they invite you to spend the day visiting the animals, picking out a pumpkin or apples, walking the corn maze and shopping in their farm store. They grow and harvest 10 acres of multiple apple varieties, including MacIntosh, Gala, Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Staymen Winesap, and many more. The apples from the farm are grown organically.
Pony rides were available for the kids and they do offer horseback rides at other times of the year and a horse camp for kids in summer. This toddler enjoyed feeding the horse.
It is a lovely spot and minutes from our house. My husband Don, a chef, stops by to buy their grass fed humanely raised beef, pastured pork and chicken products and free range eggs. They have everything from steaks to bacon and organ meats. All the meats are processed at plants that treat the animals with respect and care in their last moments at Animal Welfare approved facilities. ( I am vegetarian but if you do eat meat this is the way to go.)
The chicks were adorable and you could lean over the half door to scoop the tamer ones up in your hand. So sweet.
In the fields pumpkins were flourishing and almost ready to harvest! Just past the pumpkin patch is the entrance to the corn maze. Having been to several in the area, this one is very casual and smaller. It sits on a hill overlooking the valley and mountains around us and is fun to walk.
This farm was settled in 1916 by the McClures, Jim and Elizabeth, making their home in the old inn on the land. Now five generations live and work the farm. For more info on their products and history visit their web site.
Hope you enjoyed the tour. We are joining Camera Critters and Scenic Sunday so please do visit them.
Many of you know I care for rescued feral cats and have just started a blog selling things to help raise money for their care. There is a link in the sidebar for Wildcat Woods Vintage Treasures - new items are listed daily. Stop by and see what is for sale!