History

About the Mayfield Family
The Mayfield Farm is a family owned and operated farm, and we’ve been farming this area since 1820. Today, we have about 1,050 acres of land, mainly used for growing fruits and vegetables, but we’ve carved out a special area for our friends to come visit us in the fall. Each fall, we open the Mayfield Corn Maze, covering about 8 acres with a twisting and winding maze cut out of the corn fields. We also have a great Pumpkin Patch, and many activities for those of all ages!

Most folks around these parts know a lot about the Mayfield Dairy. Mayfield Dairy began back in 1820 when Thomas B. Mayfield’s father, Jesse Mayfield (born in 1770 in the Greenville District of South Carolina), migrated to McMinn County, Tennessee with his wife Penelope. The Mayfield’s had 9 children. In 1820, land was purchased one mile East of Athens, TN, the current Mayfield Farm. The dairy grew and grew, selling the first cottage cheese and the first pasteurized milk in this part of Tennessee. We are very proud of the history of our dairy, and though it was sold in the 1990’s, we encourage you to take a few minutes to read the History of the Mayfield Dairy.

Today, we do maintain a milking parlor on the farm, but it is primarily used as an educational center for school groups and families visiting the farm. The farm today is operated by the family, each working together to keep the farm alive!

Michael Mayfield is responsible for most of the growing, picking, and sales of the produce and fruit raised here. Lisa Mayfield, his mother, is involved with the marketing and advertising, and also helps organize the market. Mariah Mayfield helps keep up with all the signage used in the market. Scottie Mayfield is involved in the advertising, helps with the design and construction of our new building displays, and helps with many other odd jobs.

So we’ve got a lot going on. Enjoy a visit to our Corn Maze this fall and don’t forget to stop by our country store , with lots of great unique gift ideas and yummy treats! Our newest fall addition “Judgement Day”, a haunted attraction through the backwoods on the farm! Will you make it through the trail of terror?
We do hope you come see us and get acquainted. It’s our privilege to grow the food you eat, and we feel confident you’ll appreciate our family’s dedication to quality, taste and nutrition.