Nothing ushers in the autumn season quite like a trip to a farm to pick out a pumpkin and enjoy a caramel apple. These type of farms are considered agritourism attractions. While the crisp, cool air of fall makes us all think about heading out for a hay ride, there are plenty of other farms that fall in the agritourism category, too. If you’re interested in visiting an agritourism farm this fall, be sure to follow Sweet Grown Alabama on Facebook, and visit www.SweetGrownAlabama.org for a list of attractions near you.
Starts at 2:30 – Take, for instance, Priester’s Pecans. Just off I-65, Priester’s Country Store is a favorite attraction for beachgoers as well as vacationers on their return trek home. This iconic agritourism attraction got its start as a filling station where the locals would bring their pecans to be shelled. Nowadays, Preister’s serves up all kinds of yummy pecan treats. You can pick some up from their Fort Deposit store or have them shipped anywhere in the country by buying from their website.
Starts at 9:15 – The Alabama Barn Quilt Trail got its start in the mid-2010s up in Lauderdale County. The idea is to display beautiful patchwork art on the outside of barns located near busy roads, drawing curious tourists out to rural areas. Design inspiration can come from a family heirloom quilt or from the history of the farm itself.
Starts at 15:46 – Dream Field Farms in Fitzpatrick is an extremely popular agritourism attraction that draws visitors for all kinds of traditional fall farm activities. With a pumpkin patch, hay rides to feed the cattle and pig races, visitors often don’t even realize they’re learning about the value of farming while making fun family memories.
Starts at 22:23 – Hodges, Alabama, is at least an hour-drive away from the closest big city. But all that isolation means it’s a sweet spot for horseback riders from around the country thanks to Hodges Equestrian Park. The beautiful scenery of the canon features waterfalls, caves, interesting rock formations and 26-miles of equestrian trails.