Simpson County is home to three of the 80 markets across the Commonwealth accepted into the 2019 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Certified Roadside Farm Market Program: Just Piddlin Farm, Pots and Petals, and Ruby Branch Farms. The markets opening this Fall are Just Piddlin Farm and Ruby Branch Farms.

In joining the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that these markets meet the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

Just Piddlin Farm has added several new things that should grab your attention this fall. They recently completed a pavilion that will provide additional shade, cover, and additional seating while enjoying treats from the bakery. The new geodesic dome will be a big hit in the Kids Play Zone which features the Triple Oak Tube Slide, straw tower, corn box, duck race and many other items. This year's 7 AC Corn Maze features Hunt Ford of Franklin. The maze design will be a fun challenge while trying to find the check points within the maze.

Just Piddlin Farm remains a peaceful, family-oriented farm where visitors can enjoy the freedom of roaming through the patch to pick their own pumpkin, or just watching the children play in the corn box. The animals and wagon rides around the patch are always a crowd favorite. They have all your fall decorating needs and can assist you in developing the perfect fall display with all the different pumpkins, mums, gourds, squash, corn shocks, and straw. Come hungry -- their bakery has fresh pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, Pumpkin Sliders, and Piddlin Patties. They also serve lunch items, so plan to stay the day. They have local honey and an up-close look at the bees through the observation hive. They are located in north Simpson County on Hwy 73. For more information about Just Piddlin Farm, call 270-542-6769, email rwillingham@logantele.com, find them on Facebook (facebook.com), or visit their website: www.justpiddlinfarm.com (justpiddlinfarm.com).

Ruby Branch Farms is a family owned farm that specializes in raising premium quality fall décor. Visitors of their farm can enjoy the beautiful scenery of their working farm while shopping for all their fall decorations at their handy one-stop-shop. They raise pumpkins, mums, gourds, Indian corn, pansies, ornamental kale, broom corn, and other products on their farm, and only purchase additional pumpkins and straw from other farmers in Simpson County. Kids enjoy our play area and corn pit as well as picking out their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Watch their Facebook for the dates of all their special events that include Pumpkins and Pups and Mums for Moms. For more information about Ruby Branch Farms, call 270-776-4672, email rubybranchfarms@gmail.com, or visit their website: www.rubybranchfarms.com.

"We are fortunate to live in a state where there is so much interest in purchasing local foods and goods produced by farm families throughout the Commonwealth." said KFB President Mark Haney. "The Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program has a long history of being an integral part of the 'buy local' movement, and we look forward to another busy selling season as we continue to support these markets, and all of our local producers."

Markets certified through this program are identified by the cornucopia logo and listed in the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market Directory. The program also provides collective advertising, promotional items, education tour opportunities, and other marketing benefits with the intent to increase the net farm income of member markets.

The KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market Rack Card is available at Kentucky welcome centers, state resort parks, local chambers of commerce/tourism centers, and county Farm Bureau offices. Consumers can also go to the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market website -- kyfb.com/roadside -- for a complete list of markets or download the KFB App.

During the 2019 season, KFB proudly celebrates its 24th year of offering the Certified Roadside Farm Market program. To learn more, visit kyfb.com/roadside, email roadside@kyfb.com, or "Like" the Roadside Farm Market Facebook page at facebook.com/KYRoadsideFarmMarkets.

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