Weekly Photo Challenge: Local color at Oakes Farm

The big barn at Oakes Farm sports a quilt pattern on it, welcoming all to the annual Oakes Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.

The big barn at Oakes Farm sports a quilt pattern on it, welcoming all to the annual Oakes Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.

It’s our guess that all across America this time of year farmers are busy.  (Well, aren’t they always?)  It’s just that instead of being consumed by harvest chores and all, they’re leading folks through corn mazes, selling apple cider, and putting kids on tractors “to get their picture took!”

At least that’s how it is near us in Corryton, Tennessee, at Oakes Farm.  Kids, parents, and grandparents pour in to see farmland complete with corn fields, sunflowers growin’ alongside old barns, and pumpkin patches.

You can wave at the scarecrows or have your picture "took" at Oakes Farm!

You can wave at the scarecrows or have your picture “took” with ’em at Oakes Farm!

At Oakes, you can pedal a tractor, join a hayride, or pull yourself up a dirt hill with nothing more than a knotted rope.

It's hard work pullin' up a hill, especially if you insist on wearin' flip flops!!!

It’s hard work pullin’ up a hill, especially if you insist on wearin’ flip flops!!!

Or you might go in for some of the gentler activities, like pettin’ goats or rabbits.

City girl pets rabbit at Oakes Farm!

City girl pets rabbit at Oakes Farm!

If you stick around long enough, a man clad in gen-u-wine overalls will commence to stuffin’ hay in one of them newfangled thangs that the Oakes call a Pumpkin Pounder.  And then he’ll make “alla you’uns” count down:  5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  BANG!  And that ol’ punkin fires out of the Pumpkin Pounder aimin’ to hit a jalopy parked at the other end of the field!

It's the big blastoff at Oakes Farm -- the Pumpkin Pounder does not disappoint!

It’s the big blastoff at Oakes Farm — the Pumpkin Pounder does not disappoint!

It’s local fun at its finest at Oakes Farm in Corryton.  And if you think you’re too sophisticated to enjoy the likes of a fall afternoon sippin’ cider and pettin’ rabbits, well think again.  It just doesn’t get any better’n this!

Old barn and a sunflower patch -- it's fall at Oakes Farm!

Old barn and a sunflower patch — a little local color at Oakes Farm!

For times and dates:

Oakes Farm: 8240 Corryton Rd., Corryton, TN; oakesfarm.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/OakesFarm

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21 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Local color at Oakes Farm

  1. Curt Mekemson

    What a great shot of the sunflower and the old shed, Rusha. And I imagine little kids really get excited about the pumpkin ponder. Heck, I might get excited. 🙂 –Curt

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    1. Oh, the Places We See

      We had an absolute blast. Although we let our granddaughter take part in most of the activities, we certainly enjoyed watching her and taking the hayride with her. Best wishes for a good fall season, too!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks for all hugs — we need ’em. And wouldn’t we love seeing the Netherlands! We’ve only been to Amsterdam, so we’d love to see surrounding areas. Thanks so much for your comments — passing along the warmth!

  3. Osyth

    What a lovley place! I would be very happy stroking goats and rabbits and wandering around with a cider in my hand. One of the things I have loved most about my year in the US is the culture of farms open to the public to share – it seems to me to be a very sensible win-win … revenue for the farmer and a lovely day for the visitor. I am looking forward to being back next year when I will travel a bit more widely so watch out Tennessee … I might just be found down on Oakes Farm myself – I rather rock overalls and a straw hat 😉

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      What a terrific response! You are so fun — we’d love to have folk like you visit us in Tennessee. We saw that you live in France. Where? We’re headed to Paris in December, but would love to return next year, rent a place in a small town, and travel around the area. Any suggestions?

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      And I love those words “autumn ambience”!!! You would have had fun taking photos there. I couldn’t do as much as I would have liked since we were trying to keep up with a seven-year-old. It would be fun to go back and see those sunflowers up close!

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