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Native flower farm to host Fall Fest occasion

Be a part of the household owned historic Mayfield Farm Sunday for its first-ever Fall Fest, a chance to deliver family and friends collectively for a day of seasonal festivities.

Since 2018, Kelly Ross and Zane Montgomery and their two sons have lived on their 21-acre farm after shifting states when Ross discovered an area place as an oncologist. Upon relocating to West Virginia, the couple knew they needed to buy land, and thus sprouted the concept of a flower farm.

The Mayfield Farm property has an extended historical past in Morgantown, mentioned Ross. The property originated within the Mayfield household as a serious fresh-food provider to the world. The couple is proud to proceed this legacy and steward a land wealthy with historic and agricultural worth.

“It’s been quite a lot of enjoyable — I adore it. It truly is simply so peaceable after coming from town,” mentioned Ross. “The primary evening we lived right here, we whispered to one another as a result of it was so quiet, we simply weren’t used to not having large metropolis noise.”

Mayfield Farm’s first rising season was 2021, and after a pair years of supplying native florists with contemporary flowers, promoting in native shops and at occasions, and providing bouquets for every type of events, it was time for one thing new, one thing large — a fall competition.

“We’re very pleased with our farm and we wish to present it off, however we additionally worth our privateness,” mentioned Ross. “So we determined that we’d simply open the farm up and invite individuals to get to expertise what we get to expertise on a regular basis, which is simply the great thing about our farm.”

A spotlight of Mayfield Farm is the dedication to sustainable practices. They observe natural greatest practices, are pesticide-free, keep away from over-tilling the land and use renewable power.

“I’ve at all times been very targeted on the atmosphere, and attempt to educate my children that we wish to go away the world a greater place than we discovered it. We’re attempting to do our half so far as we will,” mentioned Ross. “We attempt to use regenerative agricultural practices to handle our farm. Should you’re combating in opposition to nature, you’re simply by no means going to win. So that you’ve simply set to work together with her.”

Fall Fest invitations the neighborhood to spend just a few hours at Mayfield Farm having fun with the varied actions deliberate and merchandise out there. Discover the colourful fields of blooming flowers and buzzing rows of Montgomery’s hand-raised honey bees throughout farm and apiary excursions. Benefit from picture ops offered by the surroundings and obtain that excellent fall Instagram put up. Bask in quite a lot of seasonal drinks and meals together with mead and honey tastings, sizzling apple cider and native meals truck Hill and Hole’s varied Appalachian consolation meals. Youngsters’s actions and video games may even be out there, together with scavenger hunts. 

Specialty pumpkins, dried flower wreaths, honey, sourdough bread from a Bruceton Mills farm and pick-your-own sunflowers are just some farm items that might be out there for buy in the course of the occasion. West Virginia musicians Grace Campbell and Kaylee Boyce will carry out in the course of the occasion, including to the comfortable, welcoming environment.

“Have some sizzling cider and stroll round, take your footage, see the flowers, hand around in our fields, hearken to music,” mentioned Ross. “Simply have a great time.”

If all goes properly, the couple hopes that Fall Fest at Mayfield Farm will turn out to be an annual occasion, with concepts for the same occasion held within the spring when the newly planted lavender has established itself in a pair years.

Tickets for Fall Fest will be bought on-line at MayfieldFarmWV.com/store/p/fall-festival-timeslot. Tickets are offered per automotive, with 4 completely different two-hour time slots out there all through the day. For extra data, go to MayfieldFarmWV.com.

“I feel [Fall Fest] goes to be a extremely wonderful means for individuals to expertise what you consider when you consider fall,” mentioned Ross. “I feel this might be a extremely enjoyable occasion for Morgantown.”

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