Family farm market kicks off fall season


Michael and Julie Schwab were raised in Oxford and have been operating their family farm market just outside of town for the past six years. Photo by Lauren Shassere

The Schwab Family Farm Market, located less than 10 minutes outside of uptown Oxford on Oxford Reily Road, hosted its annual “Fall Fling” last Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13.

The event featured a Garden Tractor Pull, but on by No Bull Pulling, in which machines the size of your lawnmower pulled enormous loads. There were also vendors selling home-grown products, a petting zoo, market, children’s rides.

And there were pumpkins—so many pumpkins!

The Observer was there and captured the fun in pictures.

Michael, Julie and their six children run the operation along with help from Michael’s father, Dave Schwab. Photo by Lauren Shassere
Sweat Tea, the Schwab family horse, is on duty at the market and is happy to eat out of a customer’s hand. Photo by Lauren Shassere
Ebony the llama and Penny the donkey are the main attractions of the petting zoo at the Schwab Family Farm Market. And they are always ready to pose for selfies. Photo by Lauren Shassere
Jason and Robin Abbitt and family, raise bees and honey, among other things at their Abbitt Family Farm near Oxford, and were selling their sweet stuff in a booth at the Schwab’s Fall Fling last weekend. Photo by Lauren Shassere
Son A.J. Schwab (on the tractor) led the barrel train ride around the fields last weekend at the Schwab Family Farm Fall Fling. Photo by Lauren Shassere
Members of the No Bull Pulling Team demonstrated the power of a lawn tractor by pulling enormous loads in a tractor pull demonstration. Photo by Lauren Shassere
And of course there were pumpkins! What would a farm’s Fall Fling be without a pile of everyone’s favorite orange vegetable? Photo by Lauren Shassere