By Anna Robertson Ham
I don’t know about everyone else, but this is my favorite time of year. I absolutely love the autumn season. The colors changing, the temps lowering and the smell in the air – that smell of fall. All of these things just get you geared up for the holidays! There is something nostalgic about it. That feeling you get as a kid when the holidays roll around and you know there are so many fun happenings around the corner. . . Halloween, Thanksgiving and then Christmas.
Once September ends and October begins, I can’t wait to get my fall and Halloween décor out and placed throughout the home. I also love when I see the first batches of pumpkins and mums throughout the community. You can buy them almost everywhere, but there is something said about having a tradition in this area. I grew up with the tradition of going to Earl’s Fruit Stand with my family to pick our pumpkins. We would do the whole shebang – visit the animals and that GIANT pig in the barnyard area, walk the path of painted pumpkins with famous faces like Dolly Parton or the current President, do the hay bale maze, and then go pick our pumpkins out. The excitement would build to see who had the biggest pumpkin as they would place it on the scale to weigh it and determine cost. After Earl’s, we would head over to Dotson’s to eat. This day was a yearly, family tradition and part of my entire youth.
Since Earl’s is no longer, families had to seek out a new way of creating this special pumpkin picking tradition. Luckily, we have an incredible experience right here in Williamson County. Gentry’s Farm is located just off New Highway 96 West, minutes from downtown Franklin, and they are the place to go for your families’ fall activities. Offering huge pumpkin patches, where you can pick your own pumpkins, to already picked pumpkins for easier “picking,” to a corn maze, to the barnyard with a petting zoo of farm animals, to kids’ activities and hayrides and numerous photo opportunities – Gentry’s Farm covers all of the bases for a family fun tradition.
The Gentry Farm has been owned by the same family since 1848 and, today, the fifth and sixth generations continue the tradition. Over twenty-five years ago, Allen and Cindy Gentry started hosting educational field trips for local school children and within a few years started opening on the weekends so families could enjoy the fall activities. “We love seeing a child’s eyes widen with excitement when they come face-to-face with a turkey or chicken, as well as generations of families enjoying a day on the farm making memories for a lifetime,” says Cindy.
Gentry’s Farm maintains full operation during the other months of the year, raising Angus beef cattle and growing hay. They also offer programs and day camps during the summer. But I suggest you go this month to experience their fall season offerings! Whether you have never been or you have visited numerous times over the years, Gentry’s Farm seems to offer something new every time you pull into the drive. You get to enjoy a piece of this family owned, gorgeous farmland and make memories. If you do not have a fall tradition, it’s time to start one. . . and Gentry’s Farm is a good place to start.
Gentry’s Farm is open for the fall season to the public on weekends only from September 30th through October 30th, on Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm. It’s important to remember and plan at least one to two hours to enjoy all that the farm has to offer and that last admission is at 4:15pm to the activity area and no admission will be allowed after 4:15pm. The farm closes promptly at 5pm. Visit gentryfarm.com for more information.
1974 New Highway 96 West | Franklin,TN 37064
615.794.4368 | gentryfarm.com