Pumpkin Planting Party!

It’s hard to believe this is our 20th year growing pumpkins at Gaver Farm! We started selling pumpkins sort of accidentally after my brother Greg grew a surprise bumper crop in his first year of 4-H in 1998. We picked them and put them on display on a wagon in our front yard with a self-serve jar. Friends and neighbors stopped by for a few pumpkins and put a few dollars in the jar. Greg decided to use the money he earned to plant more pumpkins the following Spring.

Eventually we moved the pumpkin crop out of the garden and into the fields where we had room to grow and the plants could get more specialized care. This spring we planted 24 acres of pumpkins in 4 different patches! We plant 30+ varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. It takes Dad (Farmer Mike) and myself (Laura) one full day to plant the season’s crop. The pumpkins sprout, grow and ripen in about 3 months!