CUMMING, Ga. — Miles down a gravel road sits a 100 year old operational cattle farm that’s hoping to help out those still searching for sunflower snapshots. After hearing that the popular Anderson’s Sunflower Farm had to close its farm early due to record breaking crowds and heavy rain, Milford Family Farm is sharing its small sunflower selection with its farm tour for free to the public. Artists are also welcome to use the patch for painting or drawing free of charge. Professional photographers looking to snag a snapshot will be charged a fee of $25 an hour.

“We heard about the other farms that have had some weather problems, and we have offered for photographers come here,” Allison Milford, the farm’s coordinator, said. “This is where my husband’s grandmother planted sunflowers for at least 60 years while she was here married to his grandfather, and so we’ve always just planted sunflowers here.”

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The farm only allows two to three visitors at a time by appointment in order to maintain the quality of the crops and to provide an intimate farm experience.

“We do that to keep the farm maintained and to avoid the farm experience becoming like a theme park,” added Milford.

As the fifth-generation farmers work to preserve the family farm, they are now transforming the property into a venue that offers new and different experiences for the Cumming community.

“I feel like the farm has kind of been tucked away and not really known about. The Milford family was smaller and lived here to just take care of each other, so we’re putting our own generational spend on the farm,” Milford said. “We not only do the sunflowers, but we also grow some small agricultural items like pumpkins for the fall and we offer the property up to be used for nature painting events and weddings.”

Milford launched the farm’s ‘Fall Family Fun Experience’ for the first time last year and hopes to continue the tradition this coming fall, “you get one pumpkin per family, a fall family photo, a hay ride, and samplings from the s’more and apple cider bar.”

The ‘Fall Family Fun Experience’ is set to take place every weekend in October of this year.

To schedule an appointment and visit the farm, you can reach Milford Family Farm by phone at (470) 248-9442.

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