October is here, which means the leaves are changing colors, the temperature is cooling, and fall has officially arrived. It’s a magical season of the senses—a warm cup of coffee in the crisp morning air, laughter and storytelling around a wood-burning fire, sipping spiced apple cider on a hayride, and picking out the perfect pumpkin for fall décor and carving. If you’re looking for the ultimate fun, fall afternoon for the family and a picturesque pumpkin-picking experience head out to McGee Farm.
Open Weekdays 3-6pm, Saturday 10-6pm, and Sunday 1-5pm thru Halloween, it’s on an inviting family farm 12 miles north of Cox Creek Pkwy. Driving up a gravel road towards the entrance you’re met with hay bales and stretches of farmland and forest—you are truly in the country. Rows of red, yellow, and white mums line the edge of the cornfield, stacked on trucks, and set on straw bales, an ideal backdrop for a family photo. Next to the parking lot the main barn is filled with pumpkins in old, wooden wagons and in the stable cushioned with hay. A wooden counter wraps around a corner of the barn where you can buy pumpkins and pick out Halloween decorations for the home. The whole family will enjoy searching for the perfectly round pumpkin in 25 varieties and shades of orange, black, and white.
Besides buying pumpkins and mums, there are plenty of activities for kids and the whole family. Choose between the barnyard bounce, a large jumping pillow that allows kids of all ages to safely bounce to their heart’s delight, a miniature farm to feed chickens and baby goats, or a hayride that weaves through the woods to the real pumpkin patch where you can pick them from the vine. The hayride costs $3.00 per person and is a lolloping excursion through towering trees changing from green to yellow to red. The scenic backdrop of fields and a multi-colored forest meeting a cool, clear blue sky as children laugh and play is the idyllic relaxing Saturday afternoon. After pumpkin picking and playful interactions with baby goats, complete the day with a treat at The Kitchen.
Located in a quaint wooden building is a small café simply called The Kitchen, which serves country comfort food—warm creations to indulge in on the covered porch scattered with tables accented with fall décor. The kitchen serves chicken and dumplings, cornbread, cobbler, and apple fried pie. You can also buy homemade jams and jellies to take home and enjoy for the rest of the fall season. The entire experience will quickly become a family tradition to find a pumpkin to display on your front porch and carve for Halloween. So, make sure and head out to McGee Farm to pick out some fall décor and take in the senses of the season before the leaves fade from orange to brown, making way for winter.
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