We like to support our local businesses.
Newly opened this year is a farmer’s market just down the road featuring produce grown locally, supported by one of our largest employers, Mayfield Dairy. (Note the large yellow columns of corn at the entrance made from Mayfield yellow quart milk jugs). During the summer the littlest farmers would help weigh the produce, ring us up, and count out the change with Mom at the cash register. The pickin’s are slim in the veggie department about now, so this farm and several others in our area cut mazes into the spent corn fields with tractors. Hayrides, pumpkin patches and games for young and old involving hay bales are offered to stretch the season and earn a little extra folding money for the farmers and their families. These are popular venues for school field trips and tourists alike. The day we decided to check it out with camera in tow, the gates were open but there were few folks there. We have had excessive rains lately and the maze was too muddy to allow for corny fun. It was closed, but they had opened for a group of young mothers with babies that had called ahead and driven up from Chattanooga, an hours drive.
A fenced field held a few llamas and some goats and donkeys. There was feed that could be purchased to bring them closer. I had no food and when this handsome fellow/lovely lady saw that I was empty handed, they turned and walked away, looking back as I zoomed for the above portrait shot. Sorry, my dear, next time.
Sauntering around in the squishy grass while trying to keep the Uggs somewhat clean was a maze unto itself. The entrance looked inviting and the sound of joyous squeals of young voices could be conjured, with thoughts of them running through the paths, finding dead ends and circling back again and again.
Encircling the corn maze were fields of sunflowers of various types grown for cut flowers. They were tall and eye catching.
Besides the capturing of beautification for Veg Plotting’s Out On The Street series, OOTS, there was a secondary mission for this excursion. Pumpkins were needed for a seasonal display. The search is on. The little white ones are quite cute, and the claw shaped gourds are a big favorite as well.
Looking looking looking for the one that spoke to me. Aha, here it is. Can you guess which one came home in the gas guzzler?
You are such smart readers, of course you knew which one joined the pumpkin line up on the deck bench. All that is needed now are the two growing under the arbor to ripen. But that vine will be getting a story of its own soon. In the meantime, ….
The search is on for the perfect costume. Mr. Kitty is so appealing in the headgear…
But the star of Hallowe’en, Miss Witch Hazel is not so sure this is the right get up for her highness’ self. Stay tuned for more.