Pumpkin to talk about – Local Gourd Guide

Pick a day to pick a peck of pumpkins.
Not only are pumpkins inexpensive, readily available and striking as fall decor, some varieties are as nutritious as they are delicious. Support local farms, buy some gourds, find your way through a corn maze, visit with animals for a full day of autumn fun. Share how you celebrate fall at a local pumpkin patch and hashtag your pictures with #Getitlocal.

And if you are wondering how many pumpkins are in a peck….
~ A bushel of pumpkins weighs 60 lbs.
~ A peck of pumpkins weighs 15 lbs.
~ Pie Pumpkins weigh about 4 – 8 lbs. each.

Celebrate #National Farm to School month in October at a local pumpkin patch near you.


Blooms on the Bluff
1076 Lenox Nauvoo Road, Dyersburg, TN
(Big Boy Junction end of Lenox Nauvoo Road)
Contact them through Facebook

Farm Stand Hours: Sun-up to sunset
Admission Price: FREE

May the Squash Be With You

Invite your Friends via Facebook, discoveryparkofamerica.com/event/pumpkin-village-2022


Pumpkin Village at Discovery Park
Pumpkins sourced locally from Nanney Farms!
Discovery Park, Union City, TN “Star Gourds” Pumpkin Village
830 Everett Blvd.
Union City, TN 38261
731.885.5455
info@discoveryparkofamerica.com
HOURS: October 1 – October 31st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday
Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Admission Price: Group Prices Available (field trips), Buy Tickets HERE

Experience a universe of 40,000 pounds of pumpkins and hundreds of fall flowers and bales of hay at Discovery Park of America during the month of October 2022. Discovery Park’s pumpkins have been grown by Nanney Farms Pumpkin Patch in Sharon, Tenn. Featured will be many varieties of pumpkins including Jack-O-Lantern, Cannonball, mini pumpkins and an assortment of other specialty pumpkins and gourds. Sponsored by ATA and H&R Agri-power.


Donnell Century Farm Adventure

Donnell Century Farm Adventure
3720 Hwy 70 East
Jackson, TN 38305
Get Directions: 3720 Hwy 70 East Jackson, TN 38305 (Spring Creek Community)
(731) 424-4526
Andrew Donnell:  Farmer@DonnellCenturyFarm.com
HOURS: Saturdays: 10am- 6pm, Sundays: 12-6pm
Outdoor Fall Festival September 24th – October 31st
Pumpkin Destruction Day Weekend – November 6th
Admission Price: Group prices (field trips, birthday parties) available, Buy Tickets HERE

Explore over 40 attractions for all ages. Enjoy hayrides, barnyard animals, pig races, mega slides, zipline, Jumping pumpkin pillow, cow train, pumpkin cart ride, playgrounds, hay climb, corn-filled sandboxes, rat rollers, 100 year old barn, gem stone mine, and pumpkin blaster.


Dixie Chile Ranch
3159 E. Union Grove Road
Kenton, TN, 38233
Timothy D. Brady & Terri Jenkins-Brady
(731) 225-0456
dixiechileranch@gmail.com
HOURS: Open daily, 9am – Sunset. The Farm Stand is open to you when you can come. Call ahead, if possible. Pay at the stand, you can also sell at Soleil Garden Center and Florist in Union City. We also sell through our CSA, Business and Home Delivery Service. 
Admission Price: FREE

It’s time to start decorating for FALL! Dixie Chile Ranch has fall pumpkins and gourds in an array of sizes and colors to get you started.


Clay Sheds – Future Visions Farms

Photo from Post-Intelligencer, @futurevisionsfarmstn, www.futurevisionsfarmstn.com

Future Vision FarmsClay Sheds
1910 Whitlock Road Paris, TN 38242
Tyler Smith
(731) 336-4892
futurevisionsfarms@gmail.com
HOURS: SATURDAYS 10-5, SUNDAYS 1-5
Admission Prices: $10 per person (Children under 2 are free).

Pumpkins & sunflowers are back this year and bigger than ever at a NEW LOCATION ON THE FARM! We are moving all the fall fun to the historic Clay Sheds in Whitlock this year. We are bringing back the sunflower & zinnia field and as always will have ALL THE FALL THINGS available to purchase including all varieties of our pumpkins, straw, corn stalks, and much more…

  • Hayrides (Saturdays & Sundays only)
  • Kids activities (pumpkin painting, corn pit, straw maze & slide, swings, games)
  • Pumpkin slingshot
  • THE VOL PATCH! SEC Football on the giant inflatable screen every Saturday (sit on our straw bales or bring your chairs and stay a while!).
  • Pop Up Food Trucks (see Facebook and Instagram for weekly updates)

Green Acres Farm
158 Medina Highway, Milan, TN 38354
Denton Parkins
(731) 686-2004
greenacresfarmmilantn@gmail.com
Greenacresmilan.com
U-Pick: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Zinnia Patch, Pumpkinville and more!
HOURS: Sun-up ‘til sun-down until October 31st
Admission Price: Group prices available
2022 PUMPKINVILLE & MAZE ARE COMBINED AGAIN THIS YEAR! => $12, age 2 & under FREE,
group discount 15 & more: $10/person)

SUNFLOWER AND ZINNIA PATCHES! The fields are filled with beautiful golden sunflowers and multi-colored zinnias! Perfect for professional or personal photos! => $7 ADMISSION, age 2 & under FREE


M&R Produce
1751 Forrester Road, Newbern, TN
Malcom and Ruby Harris
(731) 445-4034
ruby.johnson1968@yahoo.com

HOURS: On farm sales, lots of pumpkins and all sizes of gourds are available.


Holt Family Farms
357 Woodruff Road Dresden, TN 38225
Andy & Ellie Holt
(731) 364-3459
email@holtfamilyfarms.com
HOURS: September 24th – October 29th
Fridays 12 – 7pm, Saturdays 10am – 7pm
Open to hosting students and groups on Thursdays and Fridays only
Admission Price: Ages 3 & up => $10
This price includes entrance to all areas of the farm for all activities including playground, petting zoo, hayride, a pumpkin, pony rides, barrel train rides, play areas, nature trail, and more! ***The corn cannon, concessions, and any purchases from our gift shop are an additional cost.

@holtfamilyfarms, holtfamilyfarms.com

Nanney Pumpkin Patch, Sharon, TN
1767 Sharon Road, Sharon, TN 38255
Cody Nanney
(731) 514-2431
nanneyfarmspumpkinpatch@gmail.com
Agri-Tourism: Pumpkins, Mums, Cornstalks, Straw, Hayrides (last ride leaves at 5:30pm)
HOURS: Monday-Friday: 7 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 10am – 6pm, Sunday: 1 pm – 6 pm


Ocoee Valley Farms
1371 Hwy 64, Benton, TN 37307
Phone: (423) 650-0710

HOURS: Open September 24 – October 30, 2022
Fridays 5 – 9pm | Saturdays 11am – 8pm | Sundays 1 – 5pm
Admission Price:  $10 each (age 3+) – Farm+Maze Admission $16 each (age 3+)
Admission includes all activities except Token Attractions (Cow Train & Apple Slingshot), available for extra fee. Field trip options available.

We’re an operating row crop farm, growing soybeans, corn, wheat and more. In the fall, Ocoee Valley Farms is home to a Fall Festival & River Maze — plus a pumpkin patch with 80+ varieties to pick. We have 25+ attractions and activities, a picnic area, and lots of good things to eat! Y’all come visit!


Parham Pumpkins
1250 Jewell Store Road, Dresden, TN 38225
Kurt Parham
(731) 514-2431
kurt.parham@hotmail.com
HOURS: Open Sun-up until Sundown
Admission Price: Free

We produce a wide variety of pumpkins as well as square bale straw on our farm. Come visit us and pick out your own or contact us for large orders. Delivery available


Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
420 Little Road, Martin, TN 38237
Mark Baker (Pa)
(731) 514-9103
Agri-Tourism: locally grown pumpkins, gourds, mums, straw, & corn stalks, playground.
HOURS: Sun-up to sundown, 7 days a week, until sold-out


Todd Family Fun Farm, Yorkville, TN
101 Tom Austin Road, Yorkville, TN 38330
James and Martha Todd
Barn: (731) 643-6720
Martha Todd: (731) 234-1568?
toddfunfarm@wk.net
Toddfunfarm.com
Agri-tourism: Corn maze, pig races, gemstone mining and geocaching.
HOURS: Beginning October 1st, Saturday 10am-9pm and Sundays 1:30-5 pm.
Admission Price: Visit toddfunfarm.com/admission

We have over 20 attractions including giant corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, pig races, a playground, concession stand, farm store, and more!


Post your pumpkin patch photos using hashtag: #GetItLocal

Not listed? Register your FREE listing in the 2023 Local Food Guide Magazine.

Students Return to the Drawing Board for Harvest of the Month Poster Contest

The NWTN Local Food Network is encouraging student artists in K-12th grades to submit Harvest of the Month poster entries during Farm to School Month from October 1st through October 31st. All students in the following school districts are eligible to participate: Cheatham County Schools, all 5 Gibson County School Districts, Obion County, and Weakley County Schools.

Download and print the registration packet HERE

In celebration of National Farm to School Month through an initiative of the Farm to School program of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network, the 2023 school year Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month poster series will feature artwork selected by a panel of volunteer judges – artwork needs to be postmarked by November 1, 2022. 

The Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month is an educational marketing program that encourages students and their communities to learn more about local food including its seasonality and sustainability. Each month a different fruit or vegetable is highlighted, reflecting the current growing season in Tennessee.

The Harvest of the Month program’s goal is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing Tennessee residents’ exposure to seasonal local foods while also supporting farmers and building excitement about locally sourced and scratch cooking in schools and throughout Tennessee communities, explain organizers.

To enter the poster contest, students must portray one of the prescribed fruits or vegetables and submit entries to their school cafeteria managers by October 31, 2022.The winner will be announced before Thanksgiving break. 

Winners’ artwork will be displayed in the Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month poster series displayed on the walls of participating school cafeterias starting in 2023 and featured at this year’s Pick TN Conference in Franklin, TN in February 2023. 

Artwork submission deadline is on Monday, October 31, 2022 and must be postmarked by November 1, 2022. 

Please send artwork to: Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network, HOTM Poster Contest, 113 Elm Street, Martin, TN 37237. For questions, please email nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com or call (731) 332-9071.

To download the registration packet, including the rules to participate and registration form, please visit: nwtnlfn.org/taste-of-tennessee. Share our facebook event at fb.me/e/1Yjps9Ob6. The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a nonprofit organization serving as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL. #GetitLocal #FarmtoSchool

Download and print the registration packet HERE.

Download and print the registration packet HERE

Fall Festival at the Martin Farmers Market on Saturday, October 15th

The Martin Farmers Market will host a Fall Festival as their final market day of the year on Saturday, October 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the market pavilion in downtown Martin between Lindell and Broadway Streets.

The event will feature live music from Oxford Street Band, two kids’ craft activities sponsored by Martin Kiwanis Club and the Weakley County Young Professionals, and many vendors with locally produced vegetables, fruit, and artisanal goods.

The Martin Farmer’s Market is a producer-only market, all products are grown or created within 50 miles of Martin open on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons from 2-6pm at the Historic downtown Martin from May to October.

The Fall Festival is the final market day and celebration of the 2022 season. Martin Farmers Market is seeking vendors for the Fall Festival, for interested vendors please visit our Facebook page @MartinFarmersMarket, our webpage at www.cityofmartin.net/martin- farmers-market-2, or contact Caroline Ideus, Caroline.Ideus at gmail.com, or Samantha Goyret, nwtnfoodguide at gmail.com.

Pumpkins are the featured Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month Product!!

“Oh My Gourd!” – Fall Beautification Day

Celebrate the start of fall in Martin, TN with the first annual “Oh My Gourd! Fall Beautification Day” on Saturday, September 24th from 8am – 12 noon at the Martin Farmers Market.

The Martin Beautiful Committee is excited to offer 1 free pumpkin to each person who signs up for the trash pickup program hosted by The Weakley County Litter Grant Program.

The Weakley County Litter Grant Program will be armed and ready with free trash pick-up supplies and goodies for participants. All who register will receive a free voucher to choose your own locally grown gourd or pumpkin (while supplies last).

We also encourage everyone to visit our local business and pumpkin patches open on Saturday.

We are proud to partner with Nanney Farms this year. They have generously donated pumpkin displays for the downtown area.

Steps to Participate:
-Come to the Martin Farmers Market and visit the Weakley County Litter Grant Program table
-Sign-up for a trash pick-up location
-Receive gloves and a trash bag for your household to participate in the community trash pick-up
-Receive 1 voucher for a gourd or pumpkin of your choice.
-Clear out litter from a section of park, sidewalk, greenway, or your own neighborhood. Take all necessary precautions, including wearing sturdy gloves, being careful on river banks or near roads, having adults handle dangerous items, and supervising children closely. You can pick your favorite walk and do a one-time sweep, or make clean-up a regular family event.
-Properly dispose of all litter.

Invite others and share this event with your friends on Facebook! https://fb.me/e/20WChngSG

10 reasons to participate in “Oh My Gourd! Fall Beautification Day” and pick-up trash in our community:

1) Promote a sense of community by helping to keep it clean.
2) Teach your children to GIVE as they watch you do it.
3) Keep toxins out of the planet.
4) Inspire others. If someone sees you doing it, they may be inspired to pick one day as well – adding to the goodwill in your community.
5) Save the waterways from pollutants (especially doggie waste)
6) Exercise! – “walk and squat” – could be the newest in exercise trends!
7) Save dog owner’s arms from being pulled off as their dogs sniff out every bag, every tissue and every wrapper dropped on the ground.
😎 Recycle the plastic picked up instead of it going into landfills.
9) Create cleaner and safer parks, streets and beaches for our children. Garbage is not only dirty it can be sharp and dangerous.
10) Save wild animals and fish from eating unnatural substances that destroy species.
***Most importantly, you will feel happy that you have GIVEN back. You gave to your community, your children, your planet and yourself.

Time Commitment: 30 minutes – 1 full bag of garbage

Invite others to keep Martin Beautiful and share this event!

10 Ways to Celebrate Apples

During the month of September, the NWTN Local Food Network is featuring APPLES as part of the Taste of Tennessee. What better time to enjoy one of our favorite fruits? Here are 10 fun ways to celebrate apples:

1. Read an Apple Book

2. Celebrate Applesauce Day on Saturday, September 17th at the Martin Farmers Market and Martin Public Library and/or with family and friends on Sunday, September 18, 2022

Individuals, families, students and seniors are all encouraged to make applesauce using our simple recipe. Share your applesauce stories with us on facebook by tagging @NWTNLFN #APPLESAUCEDAY.

Celebrate Applesauce Day at the Martin Farmers Market on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 8am – 12 noon. On 9/17 – Register to attend the Applesauce Cooking Demonstration at the Martin Public Library at 10:30am.
Enjoy making this simple recipe with your family and friends.

3. Compare Apples to Apples

You’ve had an apple, but what kind? With thousands of kinds of apples, you might be surprised how different apples can be. They vary widely in size, color, texture, and flavor. Visit an orchard, farmer’s market, or more and more your local grocery store for a wide selection of varieties.

4. Buy local apples from a Farmers Market near you

Visit a Northwest Tennessee Farmers Market or download a copy of the NWTN Local Food Guide 2022, or check out Pick TN Products to find an apple farmer near you.

5. Give an Apple to a Teacher

The tradition of giving an apple to a teacher started in the 1700s before governments around the world paid for the education of its people. Poor families in Denmark and Sweden gave teachers baskets of apples and potatoes as payment for teaching their children. (source: www.wockenfusscandies.com/blog/the-symbol-of-teachers-apples)

6. Enjoy a simple apple snack

While apples feature in many fine desserts and other dishes, they also shine in simple snacks. Try apple slices:

7. Learn about Johnny Appleseed

You can explore the legend or the history of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Try these books:

8. Make apple prints

Slice an apple in half or cut out the core and slice off the bottom. Dip the cut side lightly in the paint. Use the apple like a stamp to make prints on your paper.

9. Jumping Apple seeds!

This activity is so neat! All you need to do is fill a cup with water, add apple seeds, and place Alka Seltzer tables in the cup. Watch the seeds jump around! They will move for about ten minutes. If you want to watch them jump again, just place another tablet in the water! Kids LOVE this activity. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/mBi2VM6KLCs

10. Host an apple feast

Serve all kinds of dishes with apples. Use one of these ideas or your favorite apple dish below or find your favorite dish here:

  • Apple Muffins
  • Applesauce cake
  • Apple pancakes
  • Grilled cheese and apple sandwiches
  • Waldorf salad
  • Curried squash and apple soup
  • Applebutter pork
  • Stuffed baked apples
  • Apple cider (cold or hot and spiced)
  • Apple pie
  • Apple crisp

September may be the Taste of Tennessee apple month, but many types of apples store well so you can enjoy apples for months to come. With so many ways to use apples, the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” can be rewritten as “An apple a day keeps boredom away.”

~ Samantha Goyret
LFN Team Blogger

FUN FALL APPLE STEAM ACTIVITIES

The science of apple growing is called pomology, named after the French word for apple – “pomme”. Over the years many people have worked together to refine methods to produce the best formed and tastiest apples.

Learn from Apple Farmers in the US: https://vimeo.com/451533574

#1 Balancing APPLES

Can you balance an apple on top of your head and walk from one part of the room to another without dropping it? This STEAM activity offers a great opportunity for practicing critical thinking skills. What helps? What works against you?

What about stacking apples – how many apples can you stack on top of one another? Why can’t the apples be stacked easily? What is it about the apples? Is there a better apple to stack onto another apple?

#2 Build an APPLE structure

Chop up an apple and grab toothpicks. What can you make – 3D or 2D shapes, a dome, a tower?

#3 APPLE Gravity

Take this one outside! Explore the concept of gravity, slopes, angles, and motion with a super simple apple gravity science experiment. Which apple will win the race? Why does one apple go faster than another.

#4 APPLE Painting

Painters observe shapes when they work. Even if an object appears to be all one color, a painter’s job is to stare at it long enough until they can reduce it to smaller shapes which may have only slight differences. This art exercise is a great way to help you learn how to start seeing just like a professional painter, while experimenting and having fun with monochromatic color.

Image from: https://canolaeatwell.com/earth-as-an-apple/
Watch American Farmland Trust Video HERE

#5 Earth as An Apple

Watch a short video about what if Earth were an apple produced by American Farmland Trust.

#6 Tasty APPLE Fractions

What happens when we cut an apple into smaller pieces? We take a whole apple and cut it in half. We then take a half of an apple and cut it into quarters. Maybe we even go a step further and cut those quarters into eighths! Prepping a tasty snack is most definitely a math activity. You have just set up the perfect opportunity to play and eat with an apple fractions math activity!

#7 Why do APPLES Turn Brown Experiment

#8 APPLE Volcano Experiment

#9 How Does an APPLE Grow

This activity was prepared by the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network, whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL.

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Celebrate Applesauce Day!!

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network (LFN) is celebrating the changing of the seasons the weekend of September 17 & 18, 2022, by encouraging individuals, families, students, and seniors to make applesauce.

Join us for an Applesauce Day Celebration on Saturday, September 17th from 8am – 12 Noon at the Martin Farmers Market featuring live bluegrass music by the Ralston Station from 9-10:30am, and enjoy kid-apple-friendly activities provided by the Weakley County Homeschool Group. Also, register for a FREE cooking demonstration at the Martin Public Library or join us via Facebook LIVE @NWTLFN at 10:30 am on 9/17. Each participant gets to take home locally grown apples to use in their applesauce recipe at home.

Registrations are limited (20 spots ONLY!) – register your spot here:
REGISTER FOR APPLESAUCE DAY COOKING DEMONSTRATION

Check out our Facebook event and share with your friends!

“We wanted to create a Tennessee tradition to celebrate the beginning of fall, broaden people’s knowledge about local apple varieties, encourage families to cook together, and to embolden culinary skills,” stated Samantha Goyret, Executive Director of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network and co-manager of the Martin Farmers Market.

Apples are the featured Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month product during the month of September. Source your local apples locally from:

~ Northwest Tennessee Local Food Guide 2022 Magazine

~Pick TN Website: www.picktnproducts.org/listview/apples

Any day can be applesauce day!
Celebrate Applesauce Weekend with us!

Applesauce Recipe

Ingredients

4 medium local apples (2-3/4″ diameter) – peeled, cored and chopped (Visit Pick TN Website)

¾ cup water

¼ cup sugar (optional) 

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
Peel and core the apples. Slice apples in quarters or sixths. In a saucepan, combine apples, water, and cinnamon (You can add other spices like ginger or cardamom if you like). Cover the pan and simmer over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes until the apples soften fully. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher. Add sugar to taste, but often none is needed.  

Share your applesauce stories with us on facebook by tagging @NWTNLFN #APPLESAUCEDAY or share this blog post!

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL.

Happy applesauce cooking!