Since 1954, four generations of the Aplin family have raised tomatoes, broccoli, onions, lettuce, strawberries, green beans, squash, sweet corn, melons, pumpkins and more on their Geneva county farm between Slocomb and Dothan, Alabama. A relatively new addition to the farm is the peach orchard. The peaches, designed for the Gulf Corridor, are firmer and sweeter than the ones normally grown in Alabama. They are ready for consumption near the end of April or first of May. John Aplin states that their goal is to have a picking orchard available to the public in about three years.
The fall season at Aplin Farms is a favorite venue for school groups and families as children excitedly find their way through mazes, enjoy wagon rides, and feed animals in the petting zoo.
Each year in the fall I literally count the days until the sunflowers start blooming at Aplins. Although John Aplin pointed out that the recent drought had affected the sunflowers this season, I was still able to collect several buckets of vivid yellow blossoms on several occasions for use in floral design projects. A crisp, fall morning, blue skies, and fields of sunflowers – another heavenly masterpiece!
There is still time to pick out that perfect pumpkin for carving, to take a wagon ride through the countryside, to navigate one of the mazes – to experience farm living at its best! Aplin Farms will be open for the fall season through November 1. Located at 2729 North County Rd. 49, they are open Monday – Saturday, 8:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M., and on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. For more information, call (334)-726-5104 or (334)-792-6362.
Experience the tradition of a fall excursion to Aplin Farms.
Have a wonderful weekend! Until next time…..