At’l Do Farms is preparing for the start of their 14th season.
Owners Patti and James Simpson opened the corn maize in 2001 with the intention of staying open for only one year. They never thought they would make it to this point.
"The first year all we had was the corn maize and a little building," Patti said. "The response was really positive and was like come back. Do this again."
"We are normally just open in the fall time. We are open in September, October, and November, which is usually a beautiful time of year," Patti said. “It’s just a fun place to come with your family. You can go through the corn maize, pick a pumpkin, and take a hay ride. We have barn yard animals. There are just a lot of fun things to do."
Recently, they opened as a venue for year-round celebrations. Two years ago, they built a barn to host events including birthdays, corporate events and weddings.
"We are busy pretty much every weekend," Patti said. “We have events at least three weekends out of the month, but it's something we really wanted to do. We really enjoy doing it. That way we can utilize our grounds and our business year round instead of just three months out of the year."
This year their son designed the layout of the maize. He created a logo paying tribute to the farm following their expansion and success.
"It has a windmill in it," Patti said. “It is an oval shape, and it says At'l Do Farms."
Family has always been a part of their business.
"Having it to where our family - my wife and I and our kids - where we can be the ones that operate it, that is a blessing," James said. "No, I never dreamed that we would be to this point, but here we are, and we will just take each year as it comes."
At’l Do Farms is located approximately three miles east of Shallowater. Patti says they receive visitors from surrounding communities and even from New Mexico.
"The main thing is just getting people out of the city, coming out to the farm, slowing down and just enjoying nature, enjoying their roots of where they came from, and that's why we do it. It really is," James said.
For more information about At’l Do Farms visit www.atldofarms.com.
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