At TG Farms Pumpkin Patch, autumn’s shifting breezes not only herald a fresh crop of gourds, but also the start of the farm’s annual festivities. From morning until nightfall, families traipse through the patch in search of a pumpkin that will transform into their dream jack-o’-lantern or a car for their children to take to college, and navigate the twists and turns of a massive corn maze. On a calm pond, ducks await generous handfuls of feed, and a petting zoo lets wee ones commune with calves and goats. Back under a roof, the gift shop hosts decorative gourds, straw bales, and other fall decor.
Although autumn is the season when activity reaches a fever pitch, TG Farms is open to outdoor enthusiasts year-round. In spring, visitors learn how crops grow in the fields and flowers bloom in greenhouses. When the sun strengthens into summer, farmers peddle homegrown tomatoes and juicy watermelon. And in winter, when the last leaves have frozen over, families can pick out a fresh-cut Christmas tree or collect a jar of fresh snowman tears.
Sisters Mary Shappee and Gert Shuckhart have been taming horses for most of their lives, beginning as children in 4-H club. While Gert manages Majic Stables' office and rare bookmark collection, Mary's passion for riding keeps her in the saddle, where she teaches private and group lessons that rein in riders as young as 5 years old. A 70'x198' indoor arena allows for nighttime and fair-weather rides, and the 100'x200' outdoor area is dotted with jumps and dressage letters for tricky choreography.
For 25 years, the landscaping experts at Turf Pros have kept their clients’ lawns looking their best via services such as fertilization, weed control, and aeration. Lawns take on healthy and lush appearances after the crew makes frequent visits to mow grass, fertilize it, and prevent the spread of weeds. For homes and businesses the team also tackles lawn issues such as fungus, diseases, and pests, including the termites that are eating your decorative sculpture of George Washington’s teeth.
Most people have been there, though few are proud to admit it—mere days before a birthday party or bridal shower, with no gift to speak of. Abundant Flowers takes the stress out of such last-minute predicaments with a full range of themed flower bouquets and gourmet baskets. Showing someone how much you care shouldn't be a chore, and the company seems to intuitively grasp this. They offer a convenient delivery service and safe online ordering 24 hours a day, so you can stay up late selecting a bouquet for that roommate who's always begging you to just go to sleep.