Planting Pumpkin at the Patch!

Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 8.05.36 PMNext week (first full week in June) begins our fun at the Walters Pumpkin Patch…..growing our own pumpkins, on our own land, with our little one row planter and little Kubota tractor is the highlight of our year in our Kansas pumpkin patch!   We’ve always grown our own pumpkins at the Walters Pumpkin Patch, and the more varieties I can find over the winter….the better!   Red ones, and warty ones, deep lobed and giants…..the more the merrier!     And this year something big is coming to our Kansas agritourism facility.   We are making a dedicated effort to grow some really large giants and it’s going to be big!   I hand planted these giants with plant starts I had growing in the house, so hopefully they will have a head start and I can “baby” them along.   We’d love to have a giant pumpkin at the Kansas State Fair that looked like a winner instead of the ones that look like a stunted offspring!

It’ll take us a couple of very full days from sun up to sun down to get our 30 acres of pumpkins planted; but it’s worth every seed and every ache in the backside too!

Everyone always wants to know what our new attractions will be for the upcoming season.   This year we are putting in two new pumpkin cannons which our customers can actually shoot for themselves.   We might even have orange tennis balls for ammo….we’ll see if we can get those purchased.   And a new pumpkin house for children to check out will be arriving soon, and we still have high hopes with a new treehouse in the big oak tree behind our house.   Our oldest grandson Dacota came up with a great new idea for the grain bins a couple of days ago…..we’ll see if Grandpa can get that attraction in the works for this year.   Otherwise, everyone will just have to come see what we’ve been working on for our visitors to enjoy during PumpkinFest 2017!

So, check out our events page on the website www.thewaltersfarm.com to plan yout visit with the old and new events for the weekends!   And be sure to read up on our sale days starting the first of September!   Lots of savings for fall decorating!   See everyone soon!

Weddings at Walters Farm

events barn with balconyWe just finished up the Wichita Bridal Show last weekend.   What an amazing amount of effort and time is put forth by all the vendors to make this bridal show so spectacular!   And the organizers know just what to do ahead of time to make this show successful.

I sincerely hope all the future brides found what they were looking for at the Bridal Show.   Wedding venues, cake artisans, bridal gowns and men’s formal wear, wineries & breweries…all were well represented and made shopping, I’m certain, much easier for the bridal party in their shopping “nightmare”.    We thank all of you for coming.

For those brides and grooms who have not selected a venue yet, we certainly hope you will give us a call at the Walters Farm to set up a viewing time to see our facility and what we have to offer.   Not only do we offer extended hours for rehearsals and dinners, we also have wonderful play areas for your littler guests who when they are entertained, the parents can enjoy your wedding even more.   Give us a call…316-320-4150.

 

Thank you again for braving the unpredictable Kansas weather and joining

us at the Wichita Bridal Show last weekend.   Becky & Carroll WaltersIMG_0760

What We Do In the “Off-Months”

2011 photos 318We always laugh when people come to Walters Pumpkin Patch and comment, “I wish I had a job where I only worked six weeks out of the year”!  Our reply is, “And so do I”!

This time of year gives us some down time from having to be our best for our visitors at our Kansas pumpkin patch, but there is still a lot of work that happens.   Carroll is out feeding cattle that we keep for a friend during the winter months.  And then the pumpkin patch work begins; Carroll is never still for long when the sun is up.   He has trimmed up the brush growing along the creek banks of the Walters Farm, pulled fallen trees from the creek, getting supplies so that the bridge to the farmstead can be rebuilt this winter, had an auction company representative out yesterday so that some old equipment can be listed and dispersed, met with Roger Knowles and Buck Roberts about our new construction plans for the 2017 season.   Some of the projects will be completed by Carroll and Doug Bell who is helping us with our Kansas agritourism projects.   Doug has been a great asset in our business.

We need to expand our concessions area.   We are so appreciative of our patrons who have endured our food lines on the weekends!  But we’re opening up new areas to get pumpkin chili!  Oh, and hot dogs too.  BUT in case you haven’t heard:   we can no longer allow visitors to bring in food and/or drinks to the Walters Pumpkin Patch.   We had several incidences last year, whereby visitors would secure a picnic area with their belongings and then go play eliminating the use of those tables that are provided for our guests who have purchased food and are looking for a place to sit and eat.  People are more than welcome to tailgate in the parking lot, but unless you have a rented private campfire or the pavilion, we won’t be allowing coolers, food items, party refreshments/presents or drinks into the fall facility.   Plus we have had a problem with persons bringing alcoholic beverages into the patch in coolers.   Not allowed folks.

We’re going to build a new weigh & pay station which has two more admission windows for entry to shorten our incoming lines on the weekends.  We tried a new system last year and it just didn’t work for us/our employees/our customers.   But there will be online tickets to speed admissions this year.

As for me?   I have gourds everywhere to be crafted this winter and placed for sale in the gift shop for next year.   It is really fun and exciting to take a thought and put it into being.  I’m testing out new food items that we can use in the pantry building…perhaps that’s why we’re gaining weight over the winter months!   Something new for next year will be our new and improved donut machine!   Warm, sugary donuts with a touch of cinnamon for apple cider and pumpkin spice donuts….IMG_2907

Well, the work is continuing and the new ideas keep rolling.   Wonder if Carroll will let me get some new pumpkin shaped boats for the pond, or have a giant tree house built in the giant oak tree behind the house, or have ground level pool tables with giant soccer balls to kick instead of little pool balls?   New ideas are endless this time of year and only 258 days until Pumpkinfest 2017!