In the early 20th century, Tate Farms was a social hub for sharecroppers, who congregated at farmer John Patterson's general store, blacksmith shop, and gristmill. More than 200 harvests later, John Patterson's grandson, Homer Tate's descendants continue to uphold the farm’s legacy as a community gathering spot. However, instead of waiting for a new batch of horseshoes or gossiping about which neighbor might be a spy for the Kaiser, people now come to pick from 90 varieties of pumpkins on the 70-acre pumpkin patch. Leading visitors across the wider 5,000-acre fields, tour guides not only illuminate the farm’s history but teach visitors rural-agriculture info, including lessons on the role bees play in pollinating pumpkins and cotton.
Though the Tate family strives to preserve the past, they have retrofitted the farm with a brand new 14,000-square-foot covered area. Here, visitors sample fresh pumpkin pie made with the farm’s own pumpkins at the Country Café or head to the bakery for fresh pumpkin muffins and cinnamon rolls.
The meticulous lawn techs at JTL Lawncare introduce their powerful mowers to overgrown grass blades every 7–10 days to help customers spend less time with their lawns and more time with their families. When they aren't leveling verdant surfaces, the crew trims hedges, removes clippings, extracts weeds, purges gutters, and pressure washes driveways for an additional fee. They ask that clients clear their lawns of all toys, garden hoses, dogs, and outdated moats before each appointment.:m]]
Signature Landscapes founder Sharon Heinz draws on more than 10 years of landscaping experience to transform outdoor spaces, increasing the beauty and value of clients' properties. Using special imaging software, she generates before and after images of homes so that customers can see how lush greenery, flower beds, ornamental ponds, and other features will look. If desired, she and her team can also install fencing, gazebos, and additional built-in elements.
At Trim-A-Tree Farms, patrons choose their Christmas tree from a plot of still-planted leyland pine trees and chop it down themselves or have an able-bodied staff member cut, net, and load their catch. Guests stroll through rows of lush green trees ($7.50/ft.) in search of the right plant to fill lonely living-room corners as the aroma of pine needles induces memories of a past infatuation with an air freshener. Between passes through the farm, warm up with steaming mugs of hot chocolate or melt fingers over a bonfire's licking flames as little ones trot through fields atop Star, Trim-A-Tree's trusty chestnut pony, during complimentary pony rides. Though additional items are not included in this Groupon, ornaments from the gift shop revamp trees, and adventurous souls can indulge in free temporary tattoos that take the shape of holiday icons or Scrooge's evening gruel.
S2 Lawn Services' fully licensed and insured team tackles home and lawn issues with a host of services, from weekly maintenance and seasonal clean-ups to shrub planting and landscape lighting. S2 project prices are based on yard measurements, scope of work, and outdoor-wrestling-pit size, with a grass trimming for an average-size, 4,500- to 5,000-square-foot yard running $42.50 per week. A same-size yard, with a same-size wrestling pit, could be dressed with pine mulch ($75 per yard) or tidied with a spring clean-up (starts at $125). S2 also makes house calls for jobs such as pressure washing ($175) and removing leaves and squirrels from gutters (starts at $125).
Excelling in hands-on seasonal entertainment, The Great Pumpkin Patch introduces youngsters and their accompanying adults to a fun, multihued environment packed with spring activities. Hop on a covered wagon with familial constituents and meander toward a nearby field laden with colorful Easter eggs and tax-preparing cottontails. Kids receive 10 surprise eggs before being whisked off to the inflatable park, ideal for bouncing on buoyant apparatuses while contemplating the space-time continuum. Take to the petting zoo for a meet-and-greet with the establishment's four-legged residents, or board a train for ultimate atmosphere perusal. After exploring the grin-inducing grounds, guests can visit the country store to purchase treats.