The Farmers Daughter

Local Produce - Taylorsville NC

October Ushers in our Fall Farm Tours

Join us for a good time down on the farm, on one of our tractor-drawn hayrides to the “pumpkin patch”. Hayrides will be every Saturday in October. We will also have hayrides during the week for school groups, Preschool – 2nd Grade. The tractor-drawn hayrides wind their way through our 104-acre family farm, on which we are raising our family’s 8th generation. Riders will enjoy seeing our family’s cattle herd and the beautiful fall scenery of colorful trees and beautiful mountains in the background.

The “pumpkin patch” will be loaded with locally grown miniature pie pumpkins or Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins, ranging in size from 1-20-lbs   (+/-). Each rider will get to pick out the size pumpkin that is just right for them. The cost of our hayride is $5.00 per rider. Lap babies, younger than 2 years old, are FREE. However, they do not get a pumpkin (They can pick out Mommy & Daddy’s).248

Days and times for Hayrides to the “Pumpkin Patch”:

Saturdays in October: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Hayrides depart approximately every hour and last approximately 30-45 minutes. Our busiest time on Saturdays is from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. You may want to come earlier or later, if you have a larger group. Please call ahead (828-312-8137) for groups of 10 or more. That way, we can be prepared and your wait time will be minimal.

Our farm market is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM  on Saturdays in October. Enjoy shopping for our very own and locally grown produce, like: tomatoes, cherry tomatoes,  squash, zucchini, cucumbers (white or green), snap green beans, bell peppers, jalapenos, okra, eggplant, leaf lettuces, collard greens, kale, broccoli, cabbage, sweet potatoes.  We also have locally (Alexander County) grown fruits: Asian pears, blackberries, Fugi, Gala, Golden Delicious, and Red Delicious apples. Our fresh produce availability will vary seasonally; depending on the weather. We also have locally grown: mums, old-timey pie pumpkins, Jack-o-lantern pumpkins (ranging in size from 2-20+ pounds), Cinderella pumpkins, orange miniature pie pumpkins (1-2 pounds), assorted gourds, Indian corn, corn stalk bundles, and straw bales for all of your fall decorating needs.

Throughout the week, Monday through Friday, teachers can bring their classes to the farm for field trips to the “pumpkin patch”. School hayrides are scheduled in two hour blocks, between the hours of 9:30am and 1:30pm. That gives each group plenty of time on the farm. Each ride is tailored to the age group and includes educational lessons on how we grow veggies, photosynthesis, and pollination.

  • The cost of our hayride is $5.00 per rider. Lap babies, younger than 2 years old, are FREE. However, they do not get a pumpkin (They can pick out Mommy & Daddy’s).
  • FREE coloring book for every student.
  • All teachers/bus drivers are FREE.
  • An outdoor picnic area is available for group lunches, bring blankets.
  • Restrooms are available.

New Summer Hours!

Well, our strawberry season is officially over! Thank you everyone for coming out to the farm and helping to make it a successful season! We are now transitioning to our summer crops and new hours! Summer crops include; but are not limited to: tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, dry onions, green beans (July), sweet corn (end of July to 1st of August), melons (September). We will also have locally grown (Alexander County) fruit as it is available: blackberries, peaches, nectarines, apples, blueberries, and Asian pears.  Our NEW summer hours are: M-F: 10am-5pm and Sat: 9am-2pm. We are closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. Hope to see you soon! Amy Douglas

Pick-your-own Field CLOSED Thursday, May 29th

Our Pick-your-own Field will be closed on Thursday, May 29th. It will reopen for the weekend on Friday, from 10am-6pm and Saturday from 9am-4pm. We will also have a limited supply of already picked strawberries on Thursday, May 29th. This will be the last weekend for U-pick strawberries.  However, we will have our already picked strawberries for another week or two; just in shorter supply, so come early and leave happy!

Open Memorial Day!

We will be open on Monday, May 26th, from 10am-6pm. We appreciate all the men and women that have given their time, their families, and some gave all to preserve the freedoms that we experience every day! We will give 10% off to all Veterans on Memorial Day!

Our Business Hours and Payment Options

Monday – Friday: 10am-6pm

Saturdays: 9am-4pm

Closed on Sundays

*Note: Please arrive 30 minutes prior to closing, if you are wanting to pick-your-own strawberries. Thank you!

We are cash or check ONLY; unless you luck up to catch Amy  around the farm with her iphone. :)

Save the Dates:

Season Grand Opening:

Date: Saturday, May 10th
Time: 9am-4pm
(FREE Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream to all customers)

We will have our fresh picked strawberries available and our U-pick field open! Also, homemade strawberry pies, preserves, pound cakes, and sourdough breads!

Strawberry Festival:

Date: Saturday, May 17th (Rain date: May 24th)
Time: 9am-4pm.
(Old Arts and Crafts Down on the Farm; ALL artisans welcome!)

Strawberry Festival Information:

Featuring: LOCAL Artisans from Alexander County and Surrounding Counties. Also, Crouse Country BBQ pre-selling Chopped BBQ Plates and Bostian Butts ($7 & $25 for 4-lb), FREE Pony Rides (Sunset Ridge Equestrian Center), and a Bounce Houses ($2/child).

You must sign-up and prepay for your BBQ order at The Farmers’ Daughter, before May 12.

 Call Amy, if it is before May 10th. We are there most days working.

We will also have:
FRESH Picked & U-pick Strawberries, Homemade strawberry ice cream, snow cones, pound cakes, and strawberry pies.

Please e-mail if you or someone that you know is an artisan that would be interested in being a vendor in our Strawberry Festival. Only handmade or up-cycled items and no food vendors please!

 

Grand Opening Date Changed to May 10th, 2014

Lucy Icenhour Picking Strawberries

Lucy Icenhour Picking Strawberries

Chicken Scratch from the Farm
Hey Everyone,
I hope that you are doing well! Normally, by now we would have picked more than three ripe strawberries. But, we have had a challenging spring. Strawberry plants like 70+degree days and sunshine; like most people! However, we haven’t had much of that in a consistent pattern. So, they are not ripe yet. We are going to postpone our 2014 Season Grand Opening to Saturday, May 10th, from 9am-4pm. Our Strawberry Festival will still be that following weekend, May 17th, from 9am-4pm; with a rain date of May 24th.
Have a God Blessed Day!
Amy Douglas

Strawberries are Coming! Grand Opening and More…

Hey Everyone,
We are in the process of planning, planting, and growing plenty of fresh strawberries and vegetables for you! We have a couple of events planned that I would like to share with you:

1)Our 2014 Season Grand Opening
Date: Saturday, May 3rd
Time: 9am-4pm
(FREE Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream to all customers)

2)Strawberry Festival
Date: Saturday, May 17th
Time: 9am-4pm.
(Old Arts and Crafts Down on the Farm; local artisans welcome!)

Please  e-mail Amy, thefarmersdaughterfarmmarket@gmail.com, if you or someone that you know is an artisan that would be interested in being a vendor in our Strawberry Festival. Only handmade or up-cycled items and no food vendors please!

A new addition, Rosie our pet calf

The Kids and Rosie

Well, my stories of my childhood started a dream in Lily’s head that we just couldn’t shake.  We had a pet calf growing up, called Sally.  We raised her on a bottle and ended up, my brother Ben and I could ride her bare back like a horse!  No kidding! So, Lily had envisioned the same childhood for her and Max. Thus, the search began for a baby calf.  We had to search local dairy farms, because we have beef cattle and leave their calves with them in the pasture.  You see, on dairy farms, the calves are taken away from their mothers after 3 or 4 days. That is when the colostrum turns into regular milk and the mother starts getting milked, twice a day.  The baby calves, if a heifer, are bottle or bucket fed powdered milk and raised to be milk cows.  The bulls are sold, to keep blood lines pure and avoid inbreeding.

All this said, the hunt for a heifer calf was tough.  Not many farmers want to part with their heifers and if they do, they are pricey!  We lucked up and got ours from an old family friend.  The kids each pitched in $20 a piece for her and Jason and I paid the remaining balance.  Rosie is 1/2 Holstein, 1/4 Jersey, and 1/4 Brown Swiss and she looks like a Black Angus! Looks aside, she should be a good milk cow when she grows up!   She is a snugly, 6-week old baby calf now and will be available for petting before and after our Tractor-Pulled Pumpkin Rides during October.  So, check-out Rosie when you come out to the farm!

Rosie, born August 17th, 2012