They started with a little stand to process and sell their peaches right here in Calhoun. Then as customers requested other produce options, the Cooks gladly obliged. As business grew, families visited the stand and the kids were looking for more entertainment. They built a playground, including an old firetruck. They intended for the truck to be a photo prop in the field.
“That's where the tow truck dropped it off and it’s never moved.” William said. “The kids kept playing on it while parents were buying peaches.”
They added a slide and then more playground equipment. One very busy day, the playground was a little too crowded and the Cooks looked for something else for the kids to do. William had hay on the trailer that was already hooked up to the tractor and decided to offer a hayride around the farm. Hayrides now include a stop at a little garden on the far side of the orchard where kids are offered seeds to plant while learning about how food is grown.
The farm has grown to over 30 acres. And the stand has grown as well. Visitors can purchase all types of produce from the Cooks and neighboring farms and small farmers as well. They also serve ice cream of all flavors using their own produce like strawberry, peach, pumpkin, sweet potato, honey, and green apple cinnamon.
A farm for all seasons, the Cooks focus on strawberries in the spring, peaches in the summer, and pumpkins in the fall.
Rebecca is partial to strawberry season.