Every Mother’s Day we explore ideas of how we can best honor the women who gave us life. This year, skip the crowded brunches and spend a picture-perfect day wandering through blooming strawberry fields as Payne Farm and Produce hosts its 6th annual Strawberry Festival. Your mom is sure to treasure time spent with her family over any gift card or bouquet of flowers!
Payne Farm, just south of Calhoun, Georgia plans to hold this year’s festival on May 13th, the Saturday before Mother’s Day. There will be a variety of activities the whole family will enjoy. Nature lovers can tour the farm, go on hay rides, and visit the petting barn. Local arts and crafts vendors will be a staple for the shoppers in your crowd (maybe you can even find something nice to gift mom!). There will also be entertainment for the kids, including inflatables, barrel trains, and story time. In the past, the event has drawn several hundred attendees and this year, with hopes of good weather, that number is projected to grow.
Of course, the main attraction of the festival is the opportunity to pick your own strawberries. Attendees will be able to explore the fields and fill their baskets with ripe strawberries straight off the vine. This unique experience gives festival-goers a chance to learn about the different varieties of strawberries that are grown on the farm and how they are harvested. If picking your own is not your cup of tea, pre-picked baskets will also be available for purchase in the market. Despite an estimated large crowd, Payne’s bountiful fields will have no problem serving the masses.
The festival is a constructive step towards bringing community-awareness on how food is produced while also building interest for buying locally. It will provide attendees the ultimate “farm-to-table” experience. As modern culture starts to return to the idea of knowing where our food comes from, Payne Farms hopes to aid in educating people on the importance local farming.
Payne Farms has been a family-owned operation since 1945. The Payne family has maintained the land over time while raising livestock like cattle, hogs, horses, sheep, and goats. They have also produced a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, okra, beans, squash, greens, and many more. The farm’s market is open year-round, and there is always something in season for purchase. The market also contains an assortment of jams and jellies guaranteed to cure your sweet tooth. Payne Farms is located on Salem Road off Highway 41, right outside of Calhoun.
Consider celebrating with your mom in a strawberry-sweet way this year. Admission is $7 with all moms getting in free in honor of Mother’s Day. Kids two and under also get in free. Admission includes all activities except strawberry picking and vendor purchases. Doors will open at 10am.
For store hours and more information on Payne Farm and Produce, visit their website at paynefarmandproduce.com or follow them on Facebook. More information on the Strawberry Festival is coming soon. For more information about other awesome things to see and do while you’re in the area, visit exploregordoncounty.com.