The Sexton family calls 53 acres of rolling hills in Lawrence County, Kentucky their home. Mark and Dawn, along with teen daughters Jamie and Hannah, launched a dream in 2007 when they acquired the land from the Combs family, who settled the acreage in 1886. Their goals were to preserve the farm’s history, which includes a barn, cellar and chicken coop, and to create a new legacy for their family in the berry business: Forgot N Tymes Farm.
Sexton has fond memories helping his uncles on their farm, and as his own daughters grew up all too quickly (as children are wont to do) he and Dawn envisioned a place where their family could have a little elbow room. They started looking for a farm, and found what they sought just down the road from their home in Catlettsburg. Then the research began in earnest. They joined NASGA, the North American Strawberry Growers Association, and toured several farms in Ohio. Their next step was to join NCSA, North Carolina Strawberry Association, and visit operations there.
They began with a single strawberry field, and farm has grown every year, now including multiple berry fields of strawberries, red and black raspberries and blueberries. There are vegetables: squash, tomatoes, beans, peppers, corn, cucumber, cantaloupe, brussels sprouts, eggplant, watermelon and pumpkins. Mums and foddershock are also available in the fall.
The Sextons’ vision is to create a family-friendly environment to provide healthy and delicious pick-your-own foods as well as education about the plants and their fruit. So many people are only familiar with the supermarket mentality: all foods available all the time; they have forgotten the seasonal nature of fresh produce, and the wonder of plucking a sun-warmed berry off a plant with your own hand.
The farm is open to the public beginning in May, when the strawberry season begins. It all depends on the weather. This year began a little later than usual due to our cool spring, and lasted until mid-June. As the strawberries stopped bearing, the black and red raspberries came on, then the blueberries: all available right now.
For just-picked flavor, drive out to the farm and choose your own, straight from the field. Forgot N Tymes Farm is located at 2770 Little Cat Fork Rd., Louisa, Kentucky. From I-64 exit 180, pass Flying J Truck Stop heading south out Ky. 3. Wind through scenic countryside roughly 16 miles, and turn right at the sign, then 2.7 miles to the farm. You’ll park near a small cabin with a bridge and frog pond. Be sure to check out the hummingbird feeder hanging on the porch near the picnic tables; we saw at least three buzz in for sips of nectar. Several friendly farm dogs roam with Sexton and appreciate a good belly rub. A cat shows up to work when he feels like it as well. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it. The kids can run, play in the creek, pick their own supper and use their outdoor voices. Fun can be had even if a shower pops up while you’re in the field; Sexton will wait while you dry off.
If you don’t have the luxury of time, you can find the farm’s produce at the Wild Ramp as well. Red raspberries, blueberries, peppers, green tomatoes and squash were just delivered. Half runner beans, watermelon and corn will be available soon, and pumpkin season is right around the corner!
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