Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Pumpkin Picking in Shelby County

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It's almost time to pick pumpkins! Shelby County is lucky to have two wonderful farms that have pumpkin patches!


 photo 0924151201_zps854rtmsc.jpgFall fun at Gallrein Farms runs every Saturday and Sunday through the end of October!

Weekend Hours:
Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm
Sundays 12 - 5 pm





Fall Fun on the weekend. Activities include:
  • Hay rides to the pumpkin patch 
  • Pony rides 
  • Barrel train rides 
  • Jump pillows 
  • Face Painting
  • Corn maze
  • Pedal tractors 
  • Bounce house 
  • Pumpkin Craft Table 
  • Petting Zoo (Free)
  • Straw activities (Free)
  • and more.....see info here.
You need tickets for all of the activities listed that are not free. 
*Each ticket is $1. You can purchase a bracelet that would allow for unlimited activities (except for pony rides and apple cannon)! 



Mulberry Orchard has free hayrides to their pumpkin patch on the weekends. They also offer a farm park full of fun with a soybean maze, corn play bus, and playground (super slide, swings, tires, tunnels, and more). It's $10 per family. While you're there you can pick up some apples (many varieties to pick from), apple cider, fresh fruits/veggies, local products, yummy desserts, and even enjoy a meal.


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Hours:
Wednesday-Saturday 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 1 to 5 pm

To check out a list of other pumpkin patches in Kentucky, click here!



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Monday, September 24, 2018

Mulberry Orchard

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Mulberry Orchard is a family farm in Shelbyville run by Matt and Amanda Gajdzik. It is located at 1330 Mulberry Pike. They have a market with farm fresh produce such as squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and juicy peaches in the summer. They grow 15 varieties of peaches and 17 varieties of apples! They hope to have u-pick in the future when the trees are more mature. They also sell local honey, eggs, preserves, jellies, freezer chicken and pork, beef jerky, and unique gifts. 

 photo IMG_2071_zpsdpmxou4q.jpgMulberry has a covered picnic area where you can enjoy some of the yummy food they have to offer. They sell an array of lunch items and delicious treats like apple cider doughnuts and fried apple/peach pies! The picnic tables are conveniently located near a children's play area that includes a huge slide, swings, large tractor tires, a corn bus, tunnels and lots of room to run. It's a great place to have lunch, relax, and let the kids be kids! 

In the Fall, visitors can enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn mazes, and special events.

This family farm in Shelbyville is also the perfect place for an educational school trip or group tour! It's $7 per student and a great way to show kids first-hand what happens on a farm.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour 2018

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The Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour is September 15, 2018. From 9 am to 4 pm your family can enjoy 9 farms in Shelby County for FREE! This is a great opportunity for families to get up close with farm animals, farm equipment, watch special demonstrations, and meet the wonderful farmers! There's something for everyone on this farm tour!

On the day of the tour pick up your Farm Passport at one of the following three locations: Shelby County Farmer's Market, Simpsonville Farmer's Market or any participating farm to pick up a map.

 photo shelby farm tour2_zps7wptrfm1.jpg Visit as many farms as you like, for as long as you like! Before you leave each location, have your Farm Passport stamped. Leave your passport at your last location to be entered to win a basket filled with Shelby County and Kentucky Proud products (one entry for each stamp on your passport).

Helpful Hints:
Wear comfortable and supportive shoes because you may have to walk on uneven or rough surfaces.
No dogs are allowed on the tour.
Bring a cooler to store items you may purchase at some locations.

Did we mention that this tour is free! How awesome is that? There will be food sold at some locations, as well as specialty products for a fee.

My family went on the farm tour last year and loved it! We ran out of time and only visited about 7 of the 10 farms. We got to pet and learn about alpacas, horses, and dairy cows. We learned about honey bees at one farm and how maple syrup was made at another. We enjoyed a nice lunch at Mulberry Orchard, followed by a hay ride around their orchard- we even got to pick a pumpkin! It was a great day, and we can't wait to have more farm fun this year! My girls are looking forward to feeding some pigs this year.

Keep up to date with the farm tour on Facebook- Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour.


Enjoy your family fun down on the farm!
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