Autumn Weather Means Agritourism is in Full Swing

Autumn Weather Means Agritourism is in Full Swing


[Gainesville, GA / Damon Jones – Reporting]
What started off as a small idea has now blossomed into one of the top agritourism destinations
in Georgia. Here at Kinsey Family Farm, visitors will
get to experience everything from feeding animals to planting trees, a far cry from
the original plan dreamed up nearly 20 years ago. [Andy Kinsey – Co-Owner, Kinsey Family
Farm] This was actually not intentional. We were all siting around on my brother’s
birthday in 2001 December and we decided that we wanted to make a little money on the side
and have a little fly by the seat of our pants business and started growing Christmas trees. And then one thing led to another, and then
another, and then another and then it turned into a very large operation where we host
thousands and thousands of visitors every fall and then again at Christmas time and
it’s a ton of fun. [Damon]
A majority of those visitors are making their very first trip to a farm. That’s why the Kinsey’s feel it’s so important
to have a wide variety of things to experience, especially for the children. [Andy]
For us, it’s a great opportunity for then to come out here and see what farming is all
about, see where food comes from, and see where, you know, Christmas trees and pumpkins
come from and really get their hands dirty and enjoy a whole different lifestyle. That is about as good as it gets. I just really love to see kids using their
imagination and being creative and just being free spirited. [Damon]
One of the main fall attractions is, of course, the pumpkin patch. And whether you’re using them for cooking
or decorating, this particular one is sure to have whatever you’re looking for. [Andy]
The day of the orange jack-o-lantern, that ship hasn’t sailed, but now there’s white
jack-o-lanterns and green jack-o-lanterns. You can get an orange and white pumpkin. You can get them in all shapes and sizes and
colors. So, it’s big time. We go through thousands and thousands and
thousands of pumpkins. [Damon]
Because of all the unique experiences this operation provides, it’s become one of the
most popular destination for people looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the metro
area. [Andy]
We happen to be in a very, very good location to cater to the Atlanta market. So, we’re just far enough away from Atlanta
to where it’s an adventure to come out here, but we’re not so close that it’s not right
around the corner. So, for us, it’s a great opportunity to aid
other farms that are further out, you know, two to three hours away from the city to sell
their products. [Damon]
While it might be all fun and games for visitors on the farm, there are countless hours of
work going on behind the scenes to make it all happen. However, it’s labor of love for those involved
as they enjoy spreading the message of agriculture throughout the community. [Andy]
The feedback is wonderful. It’s inspiring for us. What we do is very challenging. And to get that feedback and that support
where people really, really dig this, it fuels them and really fuels us as well. But yeah, it’s basically seven days a week. We work all day every day. It’s long hours, but the enjoyment we get
from it is so worth it. Serving all the surrounding communities is
and outstanding feeling. [Damon]
Reporting from Gainesville, I’m Damon Jones for the Farm Monitor.

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