Nothing says fall more than pumpkin patches and apple orchards, and attendees of the Utah Farm Bureau Women in Ag Tour were able to experience fall on the farm as they gathered together in Utah County recently.
The tour started at Jaker’s Jack-O-Lanterns in Springville, Utah. Attendees visited with Jake and Sara Harward to learn more about Harward Farms and how they have added agritourism to their farm. Jaker’s is open during October and offers fall activities such as hayrides, corn and straw mazes, pick-your-own pumpkins, and more. While at Jaker’s, tour attendees and their children learned about growing pumpkins and apples through short lessons from Utah Ag In The Classroom (AITC) and even planted their own pumpkin seeds to take home.
The second part of the tour gave participants a look at how apples make it from the orchard to the market. At McMullin Orchards in Payson, they learned about how apples are produced and harvested. This process continued at Mountainland Apples in Santaquin where attendees were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the apple processing facilities.
Angie (McMullin) Hepworth (center) talks to guests about how their apples get to market
At Rowley’s Red Barn, attendees were able to get another look at how agritourism can be a valuable tool. Rowley’s Red Barn connects customers with agriculture by offering experiences such as farm tours and pick-your-own apple harvests, along with freshly baked treats and other products available at their storefront.
“It was so fun and really informative,” said Lizzy Harris, one of the tour attendees. “I learned so much I didn’t know before, and it was really cool to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into all the fall activities and products we love!”
While the tour was a great opportunity to learn more about agriculture, it also gave participants the chance to meet new people and connect with fellow women in agriculture.