On a cloudy, breezy afternoon in March, I pulled off the two-lane country highway in New Market, about 20 minutes from downtown Huntsville, and stepped back in time.
Hubert Family Farms has operated for more than 100 years, generations of Huberts cultivating corn and other crops on their land. But this Spring, they are opening their property for all of us to enjoy with the first of its kind pick your own tulip experience.
As owner Seth Hubert showed me around the property and construction workers put the final touches on an old farmhouse that is currently being transformed into a gift shop, we walked the seemingly endless acres of tulips. A cold snap in February forced the family to push back their grand opening, but on March 20, they will be ready to welcome guests to their land.
The tulip undertaking started as a dream, and with lots of hard work, that is becoming a reality. Seth and his wife, Kaylee, dug right in to the venture. They consulted with tulip farmers in the Northwestern US, gleaning as much information as possible. After figuring out how they would pull off this never before attempted venture in North Alabama, they brought over 200,000 tulip bulbs directly from Holland, ensuring the quality of each stem.
After nearly three months of waiting, the tulips are almost ready, bringing an authentic Holland vibe to Madison County. It is mesmerizing to walk the rows, watching the bulbs pushing their way through the dark red clay soil. Visitors are invited to bring friends, family, and yes, even their pups on a leash, to enjoy fresh-cut flowers and the beautiful scenery of a truly unique and charming family farm.
You will be able to pick flowers to take home while exploring the property. Something unexpected that will surely be a favorite: a massive mural on the side of an old metal shed. Seth explained he worked with a Huntsville artist to create the one-of-a-kind piece and I’m sure it is the perfect backdrop for a selfie.
The Hubert family has even bigger plans for the plot of land in the future. They are turning it into a real community gathering spot. Seth envisions people bringing a picnic basket and spending the afternoon enjoying the simple beauty of this rich agricultural site. There are plans in the works to host evening events, where guests can gather for a late-night outdoor movie projected on the old farmhouse. Eventually they plan to host weddings and other events on the property.
The “Pick Your Own Tulips” patch is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Seth told me food trucks would also be on-site every weekend during the tulip season, which is only six weeks long. But don’t worry, Hubert Family Farms is already planning a Sunflower Maze for the summer. Another reason a Springtime visit to Huntsville is the perfect time of year to explore the roots and bulbs of this genuinely incredible corner of the country. For more information, visit hubertfamilyfarms.com.
If you go:
Pick Your Own Tulips at Hubert Family Farms
432 Narrow Lane
New Market, AL 35761
Tickets: $5 day pass / $15 season pass
Kids 2 and under get in free!
Tulips: $2.50 per stem
Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm / Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Click here to purchase your tickets online.