Now that warmer temperatures have set in, it’s time to enjoy the sun, fresh air and seasonal produce with a visit to the farm. The Memphis area is home to dozens of farms that welcome visitors of all ages, offering a wide variety of activities from berry picking, gardening workshops and sunflower trails to animal safaris, pony rides and petting zoos. Don’t miss all these beautiful properties have to offer!
8 Fun Farm Experiences Near Memphis
7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38120 • (901) 757-7777
A center for education and research, the 1,000-acre Agricenter International provides an excellent atmosphere to learn about agriculture, forestry, and natural resources. Visit its farmer’s market, open six days a week from May to October, or fish in lakes stocked with catfish, sea bream, bass and crappie. No fishing license is required! Are you interested in beekeeping? The Memphis Area Beekeepers Association meets at the Agricenter the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in Wing C of the Expo Center. Keep an eye out for sunflowers at the Agricenter, which start blooming from late July to late August. Play in thousands of sunflowers planted along the central sunflower trail and take Instagram-worthy selfies!
Source Noire Farms
13 Quito Road, Millington, TN 38053 • (901) 233-6362
Do you want to plant a flower garden, start a chicken coop or build your own back patio? Blackspring Farms in Millington offers weekend workshops to get you started on these projects and more. Held on the last Saturday of the month, the workshops cover everything from starting seeds and preparing the ground for spring planting to the basics of raising chickens and mastering power tools. The cost is $25 per participant. At the beginning of April, you can also venture to the farm for the “Goodbye, Freeze!” celebration with live music, a bonfire and barefoot frolicking in freshly plowed sunflower beds. Music lovers can also enjoy bluegrass jams at the farm on the last Sunday of each month from 2-5 p.m.
Bobby Lanier Farm Park
2660 Cross Country Dr, Germantown, TN 38138 • (901) 757-7375
Enjoy guided nature walks and the serenity of Bobby Lanier Farm Park, a 10-acre education and demonstration center for sustainable living in Germantown. Nature walks, accompanied by a forest ranger, take place on the first Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The green hand ? Join the farm community garden program. Learn how to use organic methods to plant and care for fresh produce and share the bounty with other members. No gardening experience is necessary to register, just a willingness to get your hands dirty! Visit germantown-tn.gov to register for the program. The farm also hosts a variety of activities, including outdoor painting, stargazing, and this year’s first Bluebird Nature Fest and Crawfish Boil. The event takes place in late April, when you can usher in spring and celebrate Germantown’s official bird – the eastern bluebird – and the city’s efforts to protect the species.
Bull Bottom Farms
1641 Sayles Road, Duck Hill, MS 38925 • (662) 614-5746
Looking for a fun family getaway? Take a road trip to Bull Bottom Farms in Duck Hill, MS, located about an hour and a half south of Memphis. Kids can ride a “magic carpet” slide, dig into a corn box, bounce on a giant pillow, or play on a mountain of sand. Other pint-sized adventures include a corn cannon, a cow train, an animal park, a small town in the Wild West and a kid-friendly zip line (wait until you see the rope swings, the cabins in trees and pedal carts!) The family farm, which grows everything from cotton, corn and soybeans to sunflowers and zinnias, also has an Old Country Store with souvenirs and snacks. Admission is $10 per person and free for children two and under.
Cedar Hill Farm
8 Love Road, Hernando, MS 38632 • (662) 429-2540
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life by heading to Cedar Hill Farm, a 120-acre working farm located in the Mississippi community of Love, just 30 minutes south of Memphis! Owned and operated by the Foster family since 1996, the farm has hills surrounded by cedar and wood lined fences and a variety of fun activities and amenities. Families can ride ponies, pets in the petting zoo, or take a tractor ride around the farm. Seasonal events include Easter egg hunts, berry picking and week-long summer camps. In addition to playgrounds, picnic areas, and restrooms, the farm also has a kitchen and a country store that serves fresh jams, jellies, donuts, fudge, and more. snacks. So bring your appetite!
Home Place Pastures
1630 Home Place Rd, Como, MS 38619 • (662) 426-6067
Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a farm? Experience Home Place Pastures for yourself, a fifth-generation Mississippi farm owned and operated by the Bartlett family for over a century through a variety of special offers:
- During the farm’s Whole Hog Regenerative Ag Experience on April 23, you can learn more about the meat you eat and what it takes to produce it. Participants can slaughter half a pig and a quarter beef and can choose to take the meat home.
- The next farm tour is at 10 a.m. on May 7; admission is $35 for adults and free for children 10 and under. Attendees will tour the farm, which produces pasture-based beef, pork, and lamb, and learn everything it takes to operate it – from soil science to animal husbandry.
- Ready for a glamping adventure? Rent a tent (or bring your own) to pitch at the farm campsite, nestled in a grove of shady oak trees overlooking two lakes. Alternatively, you can book a night at Cypress Place Cottage for a farm stay!
- Return in September for the Hill Country Butcher and Blues Picnic, featuring live music and meat specialties prepared by renowned chefs from across the South.
Plus, you can visit to sample the farm’s beef, pork, salami and more at the on-site store and butcher counter every weekend, open Thursday-Saturday 9am-6pm. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during store hours.
7170 TN-3N, Millington, TN 38053 • (901) 873-3150
Nothing says spring like fresh berries! Pick your own baskets at Jones Orchard, a 600-acre family farm just north of Memphis in Millington. Started in 1940 by HL “Peaches” Jones, the orchards are known for producing the freshest fruit in Memphis. Plus, there are three pick-your-own locations. Start the picking season with strawberries from April to May, blackberries in May and June, and plums and nectarines from June to July. You can choose from over 25 varieties of peaches, including Elberta, Redskin and Georgia Belle, from June to September. Once you’ve picked up enough fruit to whip up a juicy cobbler, stop by the Orchard Roadside Market and Country Kitchen on Highway 51 to purchase the mouth-watering collection of jams, jellies, preserves and relishes.
Safari Wild Animal Park & Preserve
1549 Rooks Rd, Como, MS 38619 • (662) 526-0001
Experience the thrill of an African safari without ever leaving the country at Safari Wild Animal Park! Located off Interstate 55 in Como, Mississippi – a 45-minute drive from Memphis – the 466-acre park is home to hundreds of exotic animals around the world, including giraffes, antelopes, zebras, emus , camels, alpacas, gazelles and other wildlife. Travel 10.5 km of safari roads to watch animals roam the wild. Plus, you can feed them and interact with them from your car! Then follow the trails for more animal encounters. Feed giraffes and lorikeets and even visit a petting zoo with baby lambs, rabbits, ducklings and more. The park is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (the last car enters at 4 p.m.). Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $15 for children, plus $4 for safari food bags.
Now get out there and enjoy all that spring in Memphis has to offer!
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