by Ashlee Mortimer, Mortimer Farms

It might be the mouthwatering pumpkin pecan pies, the perfect weather, the excitement that comes from getting lost in a corn maze or the beautiful fall colors. Maybe it’s tasting fresh—pressed apple cider, finding the most unique pumpkin in the patch, inhaling the crisp fall air, snuggling around the campfire or even those belly laughs that can be heard for miles and miles. Whatever it may be, we are addicted — addicted to fall! The only prescription? The only fix? Fall at Mortimer Farms — your fall destination.

For years, my family and I have strived to create farm experiences that enable our guests to have a wholesome family time and make those memories that last a lifetime. I can say full—heartedly the best times I had as a child were the times spent on my dad’s lap riding a tractor, playing on the old tires with my siblings, watching baby chicks hop around, helping my mama in the garden and checking the cows on cold winter days — the list goes on and on. One thing I’ve noticed is my favorite memories are on the farm and the ranch. These are memories I wouldn’t change, ever. For so long, these memory—making moments were only shared with a few close friends and family. Most families are generations removed from the farm, removed from those fun times and memory—making moments, like getting dirty, petting a goat, walking through a field of pumpkins or even eating a burger from the same place it was raised. My love of fall grew even more as #MortimerFest began! I love fall because, for a whole month, I am able to see my childhood recreated and see thousands of families making memories that will last more than a lifetime.

There is something magical that comes with having fun on the farm. It must help us tap into our ancestors’ lives, what our country was founded on or even just how to have real, hearty family fun!

During our years growing up on the farm, my siblings and I were great at turning anything and everything into a special and unordinary time! One of my favorite things we did was turn big piles of plain old dirt into the world’s best play area. We would slide down the big slopes, balance on the slick parts, bury cool stuff and try and find it. We would play here for hours. It wasn’t anything special  — literally a pile of dirt  — and yet we had so much fun! Another one of my favorites is the Field Roller. It is a race inspired by the farming tool called a field roller. This is a piece of equipment that is hooked onto a big tractor and dragged across the field to break up large dirt clods before planting.

Needless to say, growing up on a farm and now recreating all of those great times for families all over is a life I wouldn’t trade for any other. I am in love with fall on the farm — not the flashy, bright, colorful carnival rides found in the city. We are a farm, and oh, we know how to have a blast. Yahoo for redneck swing, buckin’ bulls, corn bath, pony hops, zip lines, tire swings, peddle carts, corn mazes, pumpkin pads, pony rides, barrel trains, farm animals and so much more!

Plus, on top of all the rides and activities, we find it extremely important to add farm education. This is because so many little humans (and big ones, too!) don’t have the opportunity to set foot on a farm or a ranch, and those who do often don’t know much about the ins and outs of the agriculture industry. To feed the need, we offer farm tours and shows, such as dog shows, magic shows and my personal favorite  — pig races. They are all a blast and they all teach our guests a few new facts about what we do every day on the farm. I promise, you will have a great time!

Agriculture is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It is to thank for the best memories of my life, and I am excited to share those same great memory—making experiences with you and your family. We are happy and excited for those lasting memories to be made. We also are so excited to be able to share our story with you and your family. We have a passion for what we do and the industry we are a part of  — farming, ranching and feeding you. It is what we do, and we love it. We invite you to learn about that passion and learn about what we do and why we do it. Enjoy your day; have a blast; pick an awesome pumpkin; eat mouthwatering farm food and enjoy the wonderfulness that comes with being on a farm. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and our blog — BeyondtheBarbwire. #Mortimerfarms #MortimerFest Happy fall, y’all!