Field Pumpkins – Decorative

Friends Drift Inn Farm – What We Grow

Friends Drift Inn Farm field pumpkins are edible but if you want good eating pumpkins we recommend culinary pumpkins and winter squash. We also grow tasty small winter squash including buttercups, butternuts, acorns, and spaghetti squash.

Field Pumpkins for Fall Decorations

Impossible! For a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage. Impossible! For a plain country bumpkin and a prince to join in marriage! The world is full of zanies and fools who don’t believe in sensible rules. Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother

We Grow Pumpkins That Dreams Are Made Of!

Fall celebrations bring cooler weather, hayrides, hot apple cider, flannel shirts, and tailgate parties. It also brings the end of the traditional growing season. We celebrate this conclusion on a high note with our fall pumpkin harvest. Like their culinary counterparts, field pumpkins occupy a lot of real estate, their vines sprawling up to 12 feet. Decorative pumpkins are planted in May and will not reach maturity until mid-September.

In 2016, we trialed dozens of varieties. We had some winners and some losers. We were surprised by what our market clients purchased, not at all what we expected.

White pumpkins did not sell well for us. We thought they would be fun for kids to paint; but apparently not. What kids wanted was the ugly pumpkins, the big pumpkins, the elongated pumpkins, and a sack full of small gourds.

We hear you. We will do better in upcoming seasons.

Like all our produce, we strive to grow decorative pumpkins in a bee-friendly environment. Historically, we have never sprayed crops produced for retail. We can deal with a few bugs. However, wilt and mildew are major concerns and could result in a catastrophic loss. If we are forced to spray, and we hope it never comes to that, it is our policy to fully disclose our growing methods to our customers.

Does Size Matter?

Pumpkins from Friends Drift Inn Farm

Of course it does! How could Cinderella have a beautiful coach with a tiny pumpkin? Giggles

Size really does matter when it comes to decorative pumpkins. We will be growing mini-pumpkins, about the size of baseball. We will be growing the tradition “school kids” pumpkin, one we have chosen that has a good handle for toting and will is of a manageable size that kids could with supervision carve or paint.

We will be growing a varied selection of medium and large pumpkins, some that stand alone, some that beg to be stacked in vertical displays. You will be dazzled at the amazing colors and textures our pumpkins bring to your fall décor. Kids love our small gourds, a great selection for tabletop displays from Halloween through Thanksgiving. Friends Drift Inn Farm Gourds

In addition to traditional Jack O’Lantern pumpkins, we offer cushaws too small to meet the standards of our culinary pumpkins.

New in 2016, Friends Drift Inn Farm will be creating floral displays for your holiday table, incorporating pumpkins as a vase. If the harvest goes well, you can expect to see some custom painted pumpkins ready for your front porch or lawn.

Friends Drift Inn Farm will also be offering painted gourds from time to time. Check our retail page for availability.

Field Days

Depending on the harvest yield, we may offer limited on farm visits to the pumpkin patch to local schools and groups. Watch our events calendar and our Facebook page for updates.

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About the Author

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.