In 1996, with 15 acres of pumpkins, Tate Farms Cotton Pickin’ Pumpkins, a fall farm agritainment business was introduced. The name was chosen carefully to reflect the family agricultural heritage. Plans were made to attract school children to acquaint them with the rural lifestyle and promote agriculture. The Tate family wanted children to see for themselves how the food they eat is grown and how the cotton they wear as clothes begins on a plant.
Today’s operation includes some 60 acres of pumpkins and gourds in many shapes, sizes and colors. The pumpkin business has expanded to include more than tours for school children. Today, in addition to school tours, Tate Farms is open in pumpkin season for families to spend time on the farm. Activities include: hayrides to the pumpkin fields to pick a fresh pumpkin off the vine, petting animals, barnyard playground, corn cribs, jumping pillow, hay maze, corn train rides, cotton jump, picnic areas, two restaurant facilities, Country Store, antique farm equipment, and a huge produce shed for fall decor purchases.
Out of pumpkin season, the farm is now a rental facility for small and large events. An Entertainment Barn was built to provide an indoor reception/dining area, as well as space for weddings, receptions, company picnics and birthday parties. A rock garden was formed to provide a nice wedding background. The Pavilion is an additional rental space. The most recent addition is an indoor pavilion used in pumpkin season, but available year round for rental.