Farm Visit Snapshots: Huckleberry Trail Farm Fall Festival

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From Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos: Farm Visit Snapshots are a new feature on my Growing Small Farms website. A big part of my job as an Agriculture Agent is visiting farms to provide advice on crop production, marketing, and general management. I always have enjoyed taking photos during these visits and sharing on social media to promote agricultural literacy. I am now also sharing them on my website to widen the audience. These Farm Visit Snapshots provide a glimpse into activities on the farm during that visit.

On October 1, 2020, I visited Chatham County agritourism hotspot Huckleberry Trail Farm a few miles west of Pittsboro right off of Hwy 64. Every year in late September farmer Bob Reichel opens up his farm for his popular Fall Festival on the weekends. During my visit, Bob was working to prepare the farm for the weekend crowds.

Visitors to the farm can take a hayride to the pumpkin patch where they can pick their own pumpkin, or pick cotton in the cotton patch, or take a turn in the corn maze. There’s even a nighttime Flashlight Maze for the truly adventurous!

This year Bob has tweaked all activities on the farm to reduce risk to visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read all about their COVID-19 response on the farm website. You can purchase tickets on-line or by using your smartphone at the farm (they also take payment in person at the farm).

Folks nervous about venturing out into public with strangers during the COVID-19 pandemic can even reserve the entire farm for a two-hour timeslot for their friends and family! Get more details about this  “Who’s Your Bubble?” opportunity on the farm website.

One of the things that sets Huckleberry Trail Farm apart from many other agritourism farms is that farmer Bob Reichel actually grows his own pumpkins! Many other agritourism farms buy pumpkins and bring them in for their events. But at Huckleberry Farm you can actually pick the one you want and cut it from the vine yourself.

The farm is open every Saturday and Sunday from now until the last weekend in October. Hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturdays and 1–6 p.m. on Sundays.

Huckleberry Trail Farm also supports local organizations. The opening weekend for their Fall Festival was a fundraiser for the Autism Society of North Carolina. And on October 3-4 Teachers, First Responders, Doctors, Nurses, Caregivers, and Military Service personnel (former and current) are admitted free with a paid admission (must show an official ID). Farmer Bob Reichel is also proud to have created an opportunity for local high school kids to get their first jobs, working as farmhands during the Fall Festival.

Huckleberry Trail Farm is conveniently located right on Hwy 64 just a few miles west of Pittsboro, and a short drive from the Triangle area.

Visit the Huckleberry Trail Farm website for more information.

Farm Location: 143 Pleasant Hill Church Rd Siler City, North Carolina 27344

Fall Festival Dates & Hours:
Saturdays 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sundays 1–6 p.m.
September 26-October 31, 2020

View some pics from my 2019 visit to Huckleberry Trail Farm.

Corn maze

Bob has widened the paths through the corn maze and made other fun tweaks to improve social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Folks can try the maze on either side of the road through the maze. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Corn maze tower

Corn maze tower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Pumpkins

Visitors can buy pre-picked pumpkins or pick their own! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Corn maze enterance

Near the entrance to the corn maze. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Pumpkins

Bob has pumpkins of all sizes for folks to choose from. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Cotton

Visitors are welcome to pick cotton! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Cotton boll

Cotton boll. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Hand washing station

Bob has set up hand washing stations around the farm with hands-free faucets. Photo by Debbie Roos.

QR code to purchase tickets

Visitors can buy tickets in advance online or purchase with their smartphone once they arrive (or pay cash or credit at the entrance). Photo by Debbie Roos.