A recently discovered alternative to the indoors, going "outside" offers adventurous explorers exposure to things such as wind, sunshine, and the naturally occurring mazes found in cornfields. Leave the indoors with today's Groupon to Mitchell Farms in Collins. Visitors gain access to Mitchell Farms, the pumpkin patch, and trail maze, one snack-size bag of Mitchell Farm's peanuts, plus admission to the Mississippi Peanut Festival if redeemed October 1. Choose from the following options:
- For $8, you get admission for two (up to a $16 value).
- For $16, you get admission for four (up to a $32 value).
Visitors of all ages descend upon Mitchell Farms' spacious, rolling fields and play areas, which host a slew of autumnal attractions. Guests can hunt for the perfect gourds in the expansive pumpkin patch, then race their orange companions through the 6-acre, peanut-shaped trail maze. Tour guides escort customers throughout the century-old Mitchell log cabin, past the peanut farm's hundreds of acres, and around the operating gristmill, which grinds out fresh cornmeal and '80s dance hits. Kids of both species can aspire to knighthood at Goat Castle or hop on a wagon for a leisurely ride, stopping occasionally to smell 30 acres of sunflowers.
Patrons who redeem this Groupon October 1 also gain access to the First Annual Mississippi Peanut Festival, where vendor booths stock jewelry, crafts, and local fare alongside events including an antique-car show and the crowning of the harvest king and queen. Homegrown Mitchell Farms peanuts nestle in green or dried shells ripe for purchase or for sorting by make and model. Check the farm's schedule for hours of operation; the log-home, gristmill, and peanut-farm tours are only held on weekends.
Ever since it was founded a half century ago, Mitchell Farms has remained the beloved life's work of the Mitchell family. Situated on 1,500 acres of woods and fields, the farm produces crops such as peanuts, peaches, blueberries, and soybeans. It's also home to three century-old log cabins, each adorned with antiques, patchwork quilts, and other collectable pieces.
Throughout the year, visitors can tour the historic cabins, talk farming with the Mitchell family, or purchase homemade jams, jellies, and honey. The farm's peanuts have been a staple for more than 30 years and are now grown on a full 300 acres to accommodate demand. During the fall, guests can sample fresh-dug peanuts or take home dried nuts. The fall also brings with it the Mississippi Peanut Festival, as well as a slew of onsite autumnal activities. Families can tour the farm in a covered wagon or board the Pumpkin Express train. A play area keeps children active with rope swings, play equipment, and a scarecrow drill sergeant instructing kids to drop and give him candy corn.