Autumn is the only season where pumpkins are judged by their personality as well as their performance in the swimsuit competition. Get to know fall's finest with today's Groupon to Bennett Farms in Heflin. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get admission for two adults or children (up to a $20 value).
- For $20, you get admission for four adults or children (up to a $40 value).
Admission for adults is a $5 value, and admission for children is a $10 value.
Families stream onto Bennett Farms' rolling fields, owned and run by four generations of the Bennett family, where flame-edged foliage and clusters of bulbous orange pumpkins reverberate with the noises of jovial activity. Autumn revelers of all ages partake in farm activities included with admission, and live bluegrass tunes twang through the crisp air on Saturdays. Youngsters dive into a sea of dry whole-kernel corn in the corncrib or snuggle up to doe-eyed livestock in a petting farm, where furry goats and miniature horses pontificate on agricultural philosophy to educate kids on farm life.
Hayrides prop passengers up on shaggy golden upholstery, tugging trailers alongside the hand-planted pumpkin patch, and a hay maze transforms the bales into a labyrinthine adventure free of minotaurs selling timeshares. Bennett Farms demonstrates old-style cookery in the cookhouse, where chefs whisk pork skins and apple pies from a wood-burning oven before the wide eyes of onlookers. Though they are not included in this Groupon, pumpkins fresh from the vine ($3–$50) fill homes with breaths of fall when transformed into jack-o'-lanterns, pies, or magical vehicles.
Redeeming this Groupon for children's admissions represents the best deal value.
If you plant it, they will come. The words rang in Jim Bennett’s ears as he shot awake in September 2009. Jim had dreamed of taking his daughter to a pumpkin patch, and when he awoke that night he scribbled plans to bring that dream to life. Over the next year, Jim and his crew hand planted pumpkin seeds on the fourth-generation Bennett Farm to prepare it for a fate quite different than its 60 years as a cattle farm without a single crop grown on it.
These days, pumpkins and gourds wait on the vine in three patches as hayrides pass by daily. At the petting farm, youngsters interact with sheep, miniature horses, and miniature-miniature horses, which mice rode in the old west. Kids can also navigate a hay-bale maze, frolic in the corn crib, and race down a 36-inch, 20-foot-long pipe slide.
Chefs in the cook house craft teacakes, pork skins, and apple pies with a wood-burning stove and wash pots hanging over an open fire. In the sorghum mill, workers transform farm-grown cane syrup, which the Bennetts sell in their country store alongside handmade soap and honey from local vendors.
1073 County Rd. 13
Heflin, Alabama 36264