New fall attraction opens Saturday
M&M Farmstead brings fall into Cassville
Local residents Mark and Margaret Goldschmidt decided to use the land they own to grow something beautiful.
In total, they own eight acres of land and hope that soon they will be able to utilize it all. Opening on Sept. 15, on their farm on Highway AA is the U-pick pumpkin patch, Indian corn field and sunflower half-acre patch.
“The idea started as a retirement venture,” Mark said. “We eventually want this to be a year-round event, we planted Christmas trees that will be ready in five or six years.”
The farm also has pygmy goats that guests can feed by hand and pet, and the couple have bought decorations and props so families and local photographers can use the farm as a back drop.
“There is no admission price,” Margaret said. “We want people to come and make memories. The sunflowers will be $3 each, pumpkins will range from $1 to $8 depending on the size, and corn ears and stalks will be $1 a piece.”
Mark said by 2019, he would like to expand more, giving separation for each type of pumpkin and sunflower, and maybe add a separate private patch for people to rent out for photography.
“I have this idea of a farm store front that looks like an old general store,” Mark said. “There, I would sell cast iron, antiques, collectibles and unique gifts.”
The Goldschmidts moved to Cassville 13 years ago from Oklahoma because of Margaret’s job being moved to Springdale, Ark.
“When we looked into the area, we had a son still in school, and he wanted to play football,” Margaret said. “It just called to us. We had found our home, and we just needed to find the house.”
The Goldschmidts found that house on the farm outside of Cassville, and they had planted some trees in hopes of growing an orchard. Now, they have added the pumpkins, flowers, corn and animals.
“We want this to be a cool family event with a laid back family feel,” Mark said.
The farm is located at 12722 State Highway AA in Cassville. Hours of operation will be Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to dusk, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, people may contact Mark Goldschmidt at 417-671-2245.