BY JODI CAMP
For the first time ever, Ruby Branch Farms is offering a sunflower field roughly half the size of a football field on their land for people to use for photo opportunities.
"I just wanted pretty sunflowers and I thought people might enjoy coming out and see them," said Laney Snider, co-owner of Ruby Branch Farms.
Snider and her husband, Drew, opened the field to the public on August 24 to the delight of the town.
"It has really exceeded our expectations and we are just really happy that we could bring that to Franklin," Laney said.
Due to all of the rain in Simpson County the sunflowers do not look as nice as they did when they first opened so the Snider's decided to close the field on Labor Day, since the flowers were dying and to prepare for their opening day at the farm.
Laney said they will probably do the sunflower field again next year, but bigger and better.
Ruby Branch Farms officially opens on Sept. 7 with mums for sale, a pumpkin patch and different activities for children.
"We have little games set up, we have pumpkin tic tack toe, we've got a corn pit which kids go crazy over, we have our big chair for them to take pictures in, then a slide and playground area," Laney said.
They will also have pre cut pumpkins, Indian corn and ornamental kale. The Snider's said everything they sell at the farm is grown in Simpson County.
"We will have different types of pumpkins, we will have stacked, decorative pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns," Drew said
It is free to come to Ruby Branch Farms and to play on the play set, however, mums are priced between $10 and $20 and pumpkins are priced depending on the size.
"Most of our jack-o-lantern type pumpkins won't be ready until the end of September, but we will have the decorative pumpkins ready probably the second week we are open," Drew said.
They have several events coming up including on September 28 is their Mums for Moms day, which is a kick off for October's breast cancer awareness month.
"We have a bunch of outside vendors that come and set up that are other small business from around here," Laney said.
They will have pink mums for sale, along with pink Indian corn and Emerson Grace Photography will be on site to take portraits for anyone wanting to capture the memory.
"It's a really cool, really fun day and a portion of all the farm proceeds that day go to the breast cancer research foundation," Laney said.
Another upcoming event is Oct. 12, Pumpkin and Pups Day where they will have a fall scene set up for people to take photos with their dogs or just of their dogs.
The photos are free, but donations are welcome and will be split between Abby's Barkery and the local animal shelter.
For more information contact Ruby Branch Farms, at 270-776-4672 or visit their Facebook page, Ruby Branch Farms.