NASHVILLE — Autumn fun is here! From pumpkin-picking to fall birthday celebrations, agritourism destinations are sure to create a lifetime of memories for the whole family.

If you are looking for the perfect adventure this season, you’re in luck. Many pick-your-own pumpkin patches are already open, and most operations will be in full swing the beginning of October.

Do you have friends or family turning another year older this season? Some agritourism farms provide unique opportunities to host a birthday party. To name a few, Paradise Pumpkins in Maury County and Oakes Farm in Knox County are spectacular venues to host your special event.

Many Tennessee farms are not only providing fun, they are educating the communities around them. “We are able to introduce and expose guests to operations like hay production, pumpkin and gourd planting and care measures, as well as corn and sunflower life cycles,” Stephanie Woods of Autumn Acres in Cumberland County said. “As an agritourism operation operator, we have the opportunity to spread this knowledge and pass along an appreciation for farmers.”

The harvest moons and the rustling leaves aren’t the only thing getting Tennesseans in the fall spirit. Many agritourism destinations have taken sunflowers and zinnias from their fields to their fall displays. If you want to do the same, support your local producers by purchasing your fall décor straight from the farm.

Don’t miss out on the fall fun this season. To find a local agritourism location, visit www.PickTNProducts.org or use the free Pick Tennessee mobile app. Follow Pick Tennessee on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for seasonal updates and information about farm-related events, activities, and products.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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