Archive for November, 2010
We are so thankful that the time we have invested into a little pumpkin patch has brought smiles to those who have come to see us throughout the years. And those smiles have brought them back year after year. This hobby began back in 1988 and has continued into the business that our visitors have allowed it to be. That the public can come spend the day on our Kansas farm and enjoy the simplicity of our piece of the Flinthills of Kansas is our goal and the highlight at Walters’. Oh, yes, we have built the zipline or a Mountain Boo, but it’s the time that families and/or friends can spend together that makes Walters’ Pumpkin Patch what it is or has become. Thank you for coming to see us, and allowing us to continue all these years.
Carroll & I took a little time off and went to Branson this past week. We rode the ZipRider coming off a 170′ tower. I finally remembered to “breath” after the first half of the ride…about 1/4 mile down the cable! So if you look over the horizon between Burns and El Dorado, and you see a new structure going up…..Carroll is laying bricks for his new zipline! Just kidding….but it did give us something to think about.
I’ll be ordering pumpkin seeds for our Kansas pumpkin patch this coming week too, so I can get the seeds that I want for the coming season. And I’ll be ordering Carroll’s earless corn too for the corn maze. And then that little job will be done! It is a nightmare to get the seeds you believe will do the best in our Kansas climate, and then finding the best pricing out of the ten or more catalogs that we get from seed companies. It’s not just a matter of thinking I want a 1/2 lb of baby boo (miniature white pumpkin seeds) and then placing the order. Most all the seed companies offer baby boo seeds, so finding the best pricing is just part of keeping our prices down.
Well….today we will be down in the patch again, bringing up the giant gourds so the cattle won’t be stomping on them in the field. To answer the question: “What do you do with all the leftover pumpkins?” The cattle that are put into the fields, will have all the pumpkins eaten within a couple of days…..they love the pumpkins! Even cattle have their version of pumpkin pie at thanksgiving time! May your thanksgiving holiday be as thankful as ours here at Walters’ Pumpkin Patch.
We have to laugh and try to give an explanation of our “work habits” when our visitors saying something like, “Gosh, I wish I only had to work six weeks out of the year”! It would seem to be true to someone on the outside of a Kansas agritourism venture; but it is far from what really goes on at the Walters’ Pumpkin Patch.