Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bennett Farms

News to Know
Story & Photos by Amanda Causey

Nestled  on the south east side of Cleburne county is a hidden treasure in Snake Creek  Farm. For over 60 years this farm has been in the Bennett family, and up until last fall has been a cattle farm.

One night two years ago, Jim Bennett  had a dream to turn the farm into a pumpkin patch. His grandfather and mentor, Hugh Bennett , was sick in the hospital at the time. Jim told Hugh about his dream, “His face lit up, it gave him something to get his mind off of what was going on with him at the time. He loved kids and loved to have them come out and experience the farm life.”
Jim Bennett with his wife Lexi and
children Avery and Ty.

Jim had a vision and he was determined to make it happen. “There were a lot  of people that said that pumpkins were not going to be able to be grown around here. That most people who do this sort of thing  in the south  buy the pumpkins , bring them into the farm.” Having a “real” pumpkin patch and teaching children about farming was something that was very important to Jim. “We planted each seed by hand.” With a  lot of care  and individual attention to each plant, the crop flourished .

Bennett Farms is one of the only pumpkin patches in the south that grows all of its pumpkins and gourds on site.

“I remember telling my wife right before opening day that I really am doing a lot of work based off a dream but that  dream came to a reality on Sept. 23, 2010.“
Jim Bennett with his grandfather Hugh
and family friend Tommy Cofield.

The farm had major changes that needed to be made.  Jim, with support from his family and friends, made the farm  into something to be proud of. There are many activities for all ages. With a hay maze, corn crib, make your own scarecrow, hayride and petting farm to enjoy, children seem to never want to leave. The farm is handicapped accessible, including the hay ride. All activities offered are included in the admission price. There is a cook house that offers free samples, and a syrup mill. The cane that is used to make the sorghum syrup is grown on the farm. This year they will be making syrup every Saturday. 
The cook house uses wash pots over
an open fire and wood burning stove
 to make cookies & pork skins.

Another new change this year is there will be live bluegrass music every Saturday. The bluegrass schedule  for this fall will be:       Oct. 1 - Chulafinnee Bluegrass 10 am & Russell Blanton and T.J Dunham 1 pm, Oct. 8 - Clay Maselle & Tiffany Taylor, Oct. 15 - Ryan Robertson 10 am to noon, Oct. 22- Ryan Robertson 1 pm to 3 pm, and Oct. 29 - John Howle 1 pm to 3 pm.

 The operating schedule beginning opening weekend will be Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm, Sundays 1 to 5 pm, Thursday  & Friday 2 to 5 pm. Monday thru Wednesday is open for field trips and corporate events.

Admission is $10 for children and $5 for adults.  You can visit www.Bennett-Farms.com or find them on Facebook.com to get updates and more information.


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