Thistledown Farms enjoying the last few weeks of fall
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - Fall is here, and local farms are now reaping the benefits of their harvest as autumn brings thousands of customers for both food and fun.
Every year, people come to Thistledown Farm in droves throughout October.
They come for the corn maze, the hay rides, the pumpkins and that all-around fall feeling.
"What you see out here is what people really enjoy," said Randy Hederson, owner of Thistledown Farms. "Just the rural setting and the peace and quiet, you know?"
Henderson says he always looks forward to the fall customers, especially on sunny, yet slightly chilly days, when visitors are frequent.
"A lot of these people have been coming out here for so long, I've watched them grow up," said Henderson.
For him, there's still a lot of work to be done before harvest wraps up, however.
Luckily, though, the fall crops are all looking healthy, even after a harsh summer with high heats. And there are still a few weeks left of harvest to take advantage of.
Among the best sellers from Thistledown Farms are the corn and the apples, both of which keep customers coming back year after year.
And at this time of year, pumpkins are flying off the vine, with visitors loading up their arms, their carts and their trunks while they still can.
Wagon rides are held at the farm every day, weather permitting, and a big final sale is held on November 1st and 2nd before they close up shop for the winter.