NASHVILLE — Your family can conquer a corn maze, pick the perfect carving pumpkin, or create your own floral bouquet at agritourism farms across Tennessee. There is something enjoyable for family members of all ages to experience this fall while learning about Tennessee agriculture.

Tennessee farmers who welcome guests continually find innovative ways to offer family fun. Nearly 50 Tennessee Agritourism Association members traveled to Maryland and Pennsylvania this summer for an informational and networking tour of agritourism operations. The tour provided insight and activities that farmers can implement here at home.

“Touring various farms in the northeast allowed us to connect with fellow farmers to gain inspiration and new ideas for our own land,” Carroll Fender of Fender’s Farm in Washington County said. “For example, after seeing how everyone enjoyed one farm’s hand-start tractor activity, we plan to offer something similar. We try to add two to three new experiences every season so there is always a reason to keep coming back to the farm.”

There are currently 794 Pick Tennessee Product businesses that offer agritourism activities such as wagon rides, fishing, equine stabling and trails, Christmas trees, pick your own, on-farm lodging, wineries, distilleries, and breweries.

Fall pastimes may look a little different as agritourism farms adjust for an efficient and safe visitor experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, so call ahead before visiting for availability of events and safety protocols.

Tennessee farms offer a variety of outdoor activities and tours. Check out agritourism opportunities near you by visiting www.picktnproducts.org/find-products/fun-education.html. Or use the free Pick Tennessee mobile app. Follow @PickTNProducts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more about seasonal activities, artisan farm products, and recipes.

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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