Over the weekend you might have noticed photos of tulips and your friends galivanting through a tulip farm taking over your social media feeds. Those of us lucky enough to hear about Hubert Family Farms (thanks, Reddit) caught the opening weekend of their tulip farm located at 432 Narrow Lane, New Market, Alabama. They are open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 12pm-5pm until about April 11, depending on the weather and the tulips.
You will see the Hubert Family use Hubert Family Farms and Hubert Family Tulips interchangeably throughout their website and signs at the venue. By venue, I mean a wide-open field with 200,000 tulips you can pick, two portable toilets, a 100% haunted house, picnic tables and what looks to be a future structure that might have bathrooms and other amenities. The Hubert Family has found a niche crop and activity that appears to be on track to be a successful venture. I was lucky and happened to get there around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday and hung out for a bit before they let some people start picking the tulips. If you came at noon, when they open on Sunday, you were in for a wait to park your car and for a basket to pick your tulips. They did have the Sheriff’s office there to direct traffic, which kept things moving along smoothly.
Have cash on hand (they take cards, but everything will move quicker if you bring cash). There is an entry fee of $5 per person and then each tulip you pick is $2.5. If you go to the website www.hubertfamilyfarms.com you can pay ahead of time for your entry fee, as well as buy a season pass for $15 and a photography pass for $50. They promote the season pass because different tulips will be blooming throughout the weeks of operation and they encourage you to come back and pick those. The photography session is only if you have a professional photographer with you and they have you come before and after operating hours, so you don’t have 100 people in the background of your photos.
Some hacks to make your trip to Hubert Family Tulips enjoyable:
- Wear shoes that can get muddy. My boyfriend was very regretful that he wore his white Nikes to go tulip picking.
- Bring a container of water that you can put your tulips in for the ride home. They ask that you leave that bucket in your car, so that people are only picking the tulips using the baskets they provide.
- As mentioned, bring cash. You will have to pay to enter and the line for cash payment of the tulips had zero people in it.
- Plan to stay for a while. The Hubert Family knows what we like in the South, and that includes a bunch of tailgate games you can play-cornhole, ladder ball and giant checkers. They also have a food truck and a few other vendors on the weekends. They advertise that you are welcomed to bring your own food and drinks. There are a handful of picnic tables to eat at.
- Bring a small garden shovel if you want to keep the bulbs attached to the flowers. I had to use my hands and it took me multiple hand washings to not be covered in dirt.
If you pick tulips and keep the bulbs attached you can plant them-that will most likely not last long, but should come back next spring.
- Pay for what you pick. There were hundreds of tulips laying around that were picked and left behind when I was there. Remember, this is a small family business, so support the local farmer by not destroying a bunch of their inventory.
- Go during the week, if possible. While I can only speak to what the crowd was like on Sunday, I would think that during the week is much less crowded, ideal for keeping away from other people-we are still in a pandemic, I’m not a fan of crowds and that way you won’t have tons of strangers in your pictures.
- Have a tulip-fic time! There are tons of different colors and types of tulips to enjoy. Also, just because you don’t have a professional photographer doesn’t mean you can’t take some silly photos with your phone of you rolling around the field of tulips.
The staff was super friendly and kept the crowds moving. If you want to learn more about Seth and Kaylee Hubert, along with the rest of their family checkout the ‘About Us’ section of the website. They belong to a long line of farmers and came up with the tulip farm idea when they observed their daughter picking flowers all over the yard and flashed to visions of the tulip fields in Washington and Oregon. Bonus information: This summer the Hubert Family plans to have a sunflower maze and produce available!
Author: Ashley Polesak
Ashley Polesak has spent the last 10 years living her best life in Huntsville, Alabama. She loves to explore all of the things that Huntsville and the surrounding areas have to offer and is a big proponent for scouting out local experiences. Ashley lives and breathes the outdoors and recreation opportunities in the area, you are very likely to run into her at a park or on a hiking trail. If she has her two rescue dogs with her, Oba and Twyla, please excuse their over-excitement, they are currently being trained and it’s a work in progress! If she had to describe herself in television characters she would choose 1/4 Eleanor Shellstrop, 1/4 Leslie Knope, 1/4 April Ludgate and 1/4 Margaery Tyrell.