It’s Pumpkin Patch Time!

October is Farm-to-School month, and pumpkin season is HERE! This season, visit pumpkin patches all around Northwest Tennessee for the whole family to enjoy while supporting our local farmers and communities!

Check out our list of Northwest Tennessee pumpkin patches…

Donnell Century Farm
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
Agri-tourism: Our attractions include a 250 ft. Zipline, an epic Corn Maze, the infamous Candy Cannon, Gemstone Mining, Farm Animals, and so much more. Come one, come all and enjoy the day on the farm!
HOURS: Saturday: 10-6, Sunday: 12-6, Fridays in October: 12-6
Pumpkin & Corn Maze Fall Festival September 30- November 5. Visit their website to purchase tickets (https://donnellcenturyfarm.ticketspice.com/pumpkin-festival-and-corn-maze-23).
Pumpkin Destruction Day Weekend – November 4th and 5th

Fall Fest Family Day at the Obion County Library
1221 E Reelfoot Ave
Union City, TN 38261
October 21st starting at 10am
EVENT: Activities include pumpkin painting, magic shows, and a foam party. A free activity for the entire family!

Dixie Chile Ranch
3159 E. Union Grove Road
Kenton, TN, 38233
Timothy D. Brady & Terri Jenkins-Brady
(731) 225-0456
dixiechileranch@gmail.com
Farm Stand: Freshly locally grown variety of specialty pumpkins (Gourds)
HOURS: Sold on the farm, through our CSA, Business and Home Delivery Service, and Local Farmers Markets.

Future Vision FarmsClay Sheds
3830 Whitlock Road Paris, TN 38242
Tyler Smith
(731) 336-4892
futurevisionsfarms@gmail.com
@futurevisionsfarmstn
Agritourism: pumpkin patch, hayride, barrel train, corn maze, pumpkin painting, food trucks, sunflower field, petting zoo (sundays), slides, swings, games and more!
HOURS: Saturday 10am -5pm, Sunday 1-5pm
Future Vision Farms offer a wide variety of goods and services that can be obtained by wholesale, retail, on-site service, Murray and Martin Farmer’s Markets

Green Acres Farm
158 Medina Highway, Milan, TN 38354
Denton Parkins
(731)- 686-2004
greenacresfarmmilantn@gmail.com
Greenacresmilan.com
Agritourism: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Zinnia Patch, Pumpkinville and more!
HOURS: Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkinville and Corn Maze opening September 22nd. Sun-up ‘til sun-down until October 31st. Follow Facebook Page for seasonal hour
updates.

Holt Family Farms
357 Woodruff Road Dresden, TN 38225
Andy & Ellie Holt
(731) 364-3459
Ellie Holt (731) 819-2261
email@holtfamilyfarms.com
Pumpkins, Mums, fall décor, jams, eggs, local honey, all-natural bath and body products, goat milk soaps and Hayrides. Open to hosting students and groups for field trips. Also offer Fall Decoration Packages.

Pumpkin Patch includes a petting zoo, hayride, pony rides, barrel train rides and the corn
cannon. Last hayrides, pony, and train rides will leave at 6:30. Open September 30 – October 28
HOURS: Fridays 1 – 7pm, Saturdays 10am – 7pm

Nanney Pumpkin Patch
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
Pumpkin Patch will be open on September 30th
October 14th food truck, pumpkin painting event day

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: 7am-8pm, 7 days a week, until sold-out

Parham’s Pumpkins
1250 Jewell Store Rd. , Dresden, TN, 38225
(731) 514-1180 parhampumpkins@outlook.com
Agri-tourism: Pumpkins, Mums and U-Pick Flowers, Family photos
HOURS: Monday – Sunday, Sunrise to Sunset

The Pumpkin Barn, LLC
2557 S. Bluff Road, Obion, TN 38240
Alan Shirley
(731) 442-0644
alanshirley49@yahoo.com
Agri-tourism: Hay Bales, Pumpkins, a Petting Zoo, a playground, and inflatables
HOURS: Monday – Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm

Todd Family Fun Farm
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, hayrides, pig races, gemstone mining and geocaching.
HOURS: Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm, Sunday: 1:30 pm – 5 pm

Post your family fun pumpkin patch photos using this hashtag: #GetItLocal

Celebrate Applesauce Day!!

The Martin Farmers Market in partnership with the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network (LFN) and Weakley County Extension is celebrating the changing of the seasons the weekend of September 16, 2023, by encouraging individuals, families, students, and seniors to make, try and eat applesauce.

Join us for an Applesauce Day Celebration on Saturday, September 16th from 8am – 12 noon at the Martin Farmers Market featuring applesauce cooking demonstrations and taste tests from the Weakley County Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, McKenzie Hurst. You can also purchase a variety of apple themed products from a variety of Martin Farmers Market vendors.

“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.”

-Caroline Ideus, Outreach Director of the 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. Any day can be applesauce day! Source your local apples from: The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Guide 2022 Magazine at nwtnlfn.org/food-resources or the Pick TN Website: www.picktnproducts.org/listview/apples

Applesauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 medium local apples (2-3/4″ diameter) – peeled, cored and chopped (Visit Pick TN Website)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 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!!

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 Day!

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!

Celebrate #National Farmers Market Week!

August is peak produce time in Tennessee for many of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets in Northwest Tennessee are packed with fresh produce. Aug 7-13, 2022 is #National Farmers Market Week and is the perfect time to stock up and support local farmers.

“Farmers markets play an essential role in communities by creating space for connection and actively fostering more resilient local food systems,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “Making the local connection and developing a relationship with the farmers producing your food is the perfect way to support your local community and economy.”

As students go back to school, filling lunchboxes with quality, healthy food is easy to do after a visit to a farmers market. The one-stop location provides options for diverse and tasty selections that family members of all ages will love.

“Shopping at a farmers market is important for many reasons,” Martin Farmers Market Co-Manager Samantha Goyret said. “Farmers Markets fuel rural economies and support healthy communities. As of the 2022 season, Martin Farmers Market vendors have collectively earned $44,620 – all of which stays in our community.”

In addition to traditional produce, many Tennessee farmers markets offer meats, artisan products, flowers, live music, and food trucks. Several markets in our region accept SNAP, EBT and WIC benefits. Check with your local Northwest Tennessee market by visiting nwtnlfn.org/markets.

“What makes the farmers’ market such a special place,” states Bryant Terry, echo-chef, food justice activist and author, “is that you’re actually creating community around food.”

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network and Pick Tennessee Products is the connection to a farmers market near you. There are currently 163 farmers markets listed on the Pick Tennessee Products website and mobile app, of which 10 of our Northwest Tennessee Markets are listed on the NWTNLFN.ORG/Markets webpage. Markets and Producers are encouraged to apply for their free listings at www.pickTNproducts.org and nwtnlfn.org/food-resources. Follow @NWTNLFN on facebook and @PickTNProducts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for seasonal updates and information about farm-related events, activities, and products. #GetitLocal

Samantha Goyret

Co-Manager, Martin Farmers Market

Executive Director, Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network

nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com

(731) 332-9071

Free Snacks at Farmers Market Back to School Event

This Saturday, July 30th from 8am – 12 Noon at the Martin Farmers Market, the Northwest Local Food Network will be providing FREE snack taste tests along with farmers market vendors offering their favorite snack recipes. Kids activities include a table hosted by the Kiwanis Kids Club who will be making bookmarks. Blackberry Pond Farm will offer a hands-on hydroponic tower and microgreens growing demonstration. 

To support the Weakley County Schools Food Pantry, donate your non-perishable food items (examples: Mac-n-cheese, instant mashed potatoes, family pasta meals, canned vegetables, canned fruit, kid friendly snacks). 

Register for Free & Reduced Lunch Applications through the Weakley County Schools Nutrition Department. Get ready for school with healthy snacks!

Pick up a Weakley County Fair Agenda, get your copy of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Guide, and #Get It Local! Invite your friends to this event: https://fb.me/e/3AAnYh8YN

Blackberry Pond Farm will be offering a demonstration of hydroponic equipment that will be utilized in Weakley County Schools through various growing food projects led by teachers and their students. #FarmtoSchool

~Written by Samantha Goyret, Co-Manager of Martin Farmers Market
Executive Director, LFN Team