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.
At Oakes, you can pedal a tractor, join a hayride, or pull yourself up a dirt hill with nothing more than a knotted rope.
Or you might go in for some of the gentler activities, like pettin’ goats or rabbits.
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 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!
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Oakes Farm: 8240 Corryton Rd., Corryton, TN; oakesfarm.com
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