Archive for February, 2015

Startin’ Off Right: 2015 (amended)!

NAFDMA 2015 Kansas delegation   I thought I was doing pretty well startin’ off right, until our website designer let me know that I had messed up the blog!   Remember:  I still own a flip phone that I use only in emergencies….no technology for me, so writing a blog and getting it posted is a stretch for this old gal!

We just got home from the NAFDMA conference held in Tennessee this year.   NAFDMA stands for North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association.   What a wonderful group of US and Canadian farmers that we have met over the last 12 years with our membership.   For many years Carroll and I were the only Kansas attendees to the annual conference, but 2015 had this fine group of Kansans with us.   And at the Celebrate Excellence Awards Banquet, three Kansans won ribbons out of the twenty four positions!   Cardinal Creek (Zac Yarnall) had an honorable mention (third place) for their you tube video, Renyers Pumpkin Farm and Coach House won for their display, and Walters Pumpkin Patch won for best website.  I have to give the accolades for this accomplishment to Danny Mauk with Eckert Agrimarketing who wins the award for not only designing and maintaining our great website, but also working with this old gal!    Thanks so much to Danny and his dad, Bill Mauk, who worked with us prior to Danny joining the team.

Carroll has been cleaning a new area of the farm for our new wooden structures to be delivered this summer…..a pirate ship, a tractor with trailer, a monster truck,  school bus, and a farm truck.   Many years ago Carroll had built a school bus and it was so much fun for the children and parents to “drive” in pretend fashion.   Then those hundred mph winds came through and piled up the boards in a neat little hill of firewood!   So much for our building efforts.   Hopefully these new structures will have a longer life expectancy!

Most all of our pumpkin, gourd, and squash seeds have been delivered to our house at the Walters Pumpkin Patch.   Agritourism is about providing the experience with food, attractions, etc.   But it is also about the farm experience and growing a crop.   And there is nothing more exciting than discovered a big, ole’ orange pumpkin hiding down under the giant green leaves in the summer… my spring fever is acting up!

Until next time……