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!


Misty Dawn said...

Looks like a really fun place to visit. We had an orchard, in addition to the cattle, on the farm in Ohio. It's a lot of work, but rewarding. We have a few trees here, which should hopefully start producing next year.

cat said...

A lovely series of photos :) The one of the cute little chicken in the hand is great.

Martha Z said...

It's nice to live in an area where food is abundant and locally raised. I too am blessed to live in such and area. It's good for kids to see that food doesn't start out in the suppermarket.

Anonymous said...

What a great day out. I do like farms!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

What a precious little chick. It seems like so much fun. Those pony rides look like a real treat.

Old Kitty said...

Oh how wonderful!! What a wonderful farm and what a great way to visit a living working farm, see their animals and taste/buy their produce!! How lovely - it's a real way to bring a community together!

Thank you for sharing these fantastic pics and a wonderful day in this farm!

take care

Linda Starr said...

Great there are still farms like that that raise animals humanely.

Linnea W said...

What a fun place to visit and photograph. So much to see, touch, and smell!

Junneth said...

An interesting place indeed! I missed my grandfather's farm! Wonderful post!

Mama Zen said...

That looks like a fabulous place!

Genie Robinson said...

Your pictures and writings were wonderful. I loved every word of the post. We also have a humane slaughter house here in Lexington operated by 2 young men I taught in middle school. They sell their own beef, too. Be sure to stop by the blog and read my post about my son’s adoption of 2 precious kitties from the SPCA. I would really like to put something in my sidebar about adoption if you have any suggestions. I am going to check out your new site. Hope all is well in Black Mt. It is getting pretty chilly up here in VA. Have had to turn on the gas heaters!

Genie @ Buttons for Baga


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