Couples can head to the farm for a date night to remember.
Jaemor Farms in Alto will be host to an event Sept. 29 featuring catering from At the Tracks, live music and fall activities.
With an “I Pick You” theme, Jaemor Farms Agritourism and Marketing Coordinator Caroline Lewallen expects a large crowd at the fourth annual Date Night, capped at 100 tickets.
“It has grown in popularity over the years,” Lewallen said. “Since the evening is a date night, we thought it would be fun to tie in the picking aspect of the evening, not to mention the fact that in life we get to ‘pick’ our dates.”
The event will be held at The Shed from 7 to 10 p.m. with a $40 cover charge for each person attending.
When: 7-10 p.m. Sept. 29
Where: Jaemor Farms, 5340 Cornelia Highway, Alto
How much: $40 per personMore info: 770-869-3999
“This is a private evening on the farm. Come experience the outdoors in a beautiful setting, and 'pick' something different to do on a night out with your special someone,” she said. “We have had companies purchase tables to award employees and also have had small groups come together.”
Guests can catch a hayride to tour the Echols family farm of 500 acres, a 15- to 20-minute ride. They will also have the chance to pick their own pumpkin, one per couple, from the 80-acre pumpkin patch yielding a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.
As the sun goes down, guests can get lost in the 8-acre corn maze. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight.
“In the fall, each couple gets to pick one jack-o’-lantern together while at the farm,” Lewallen said. “After dinner, guests can tour the farm via hayride, get lost in the corn maze and revert to childhood by enjoying our apple cannon, farm slide, pumpkin train, petting zoo, skeeball and duck races.”
Seated at an 8-foot table, couples can either meet new couples or book a table with a group of friends.
“We really enjoy going because, let's be real, date nights are few and far between when you have kids. We usually get a group together and go, we have so much fun with all the other activities along with it,” Cornelia resident Jade Ramey said.
Ramey and her husband, Adam, will be attending Date Night for the third year in a row.
“For the price you pay per couple and what you get for that price is so worth it,” she said. “Caroline out does herself every year. The food is always great, and we have such a great time. We highly recommend date night on the farm.”
Everyone will receive a full course meal from At the Tracks of Lula.
Lewallen said her family likes to think they “were local before local was cool,” and like to do business with other locals.
“At the Tracks is a local restaurant in Lula that has excellent food. We like to spotlight local chefs when we can; Kim Johnson and her staff At the Tracks do a wonderful job,” she said.
The menu will consist of beef chili, a baked potato with toppings, rolls, chicken salad, broccoli salad, slaw and homemade pumpkin cake. The dinner will be followed by s’mores for roasting by a fire pit.
“We polled over 150 couples that have attended date nights in the past last fall before selecting a menu. Our guests told us they wanted a more laid-back experience in the fall, hence chilli instead of a roast beef or stuffed pork loin on the menu, with a fancier menu in the spring,” Lewallen said. "We believe in listening to our customers.”
The entertainment of the night, Rodney Appleby, “plays a lot in Gainesville at different locations including Avocado’s,” according to Lewallen.
New this fall, when tickets are purchased, individuals will have the option to add a T-shirt to the order to commemorate their date night experience. T-shirt sales will end on Sept. 20.
The reservation deadline has been extended to Sept. 20 and can be made online.
Jaemor Farms is located at 5340 Cornelia Highway in Alto. For more information call 770-869-3999.