Sunday, September 23, 2012

Happy Pumpkins.....Sad Corn

Most of you know that Sam and I have a Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze that we open to the public every fall.  Although we had  severe, sustained heat and our area was declared to be in the extreme drought zone, our pumpkins actually made an awesome comeback!  I took a walk early yesterday evening and snapped a few pictures of some of the varieties that we grow.
This is a Cinderella Pumpkin...it grows kind of low and flat and looks like Cinderella's carriage.
My favorite is this one, the Lumina Pumpkin grows round and white like a full moon. 
This one is the favorite of crafters.  It is called a Phat Jack, because the stem is so very fat.  
I put a quarter on this one so you could get an idea of the size of the stem. This was our first year to grow them.  Last year I had many people asking for them because they use the stems to make those fabric pumpkins you see with the real pumpkin stems.  I like the pumpkin itself because it is so perfectly round and has such a beautiful color.
 This Big Max pumpkin will be huge!  Some of our biggest pumpkins have been the Big Max variety.  I can see these clear across the field from my deck!
These Warty pumpkins are just kind of fun to use in decor.  I always love the weird ones!

Although our pumpkins made it through the extreme drought, like so many other farms around, our corn did not.  You can't open a Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze without corn.  Sadly, we will not be open for this 2012 season. If you are interested,  you can watch a clip from the Springfield KY3 TV news about our farm being closed because of the drought HERE.  The cute guy standing in the field of sad corn is my husband Sam.  It was a hard interview to do, but he did a great job!  
On the lighter side, it's been a long time since we've had an opportunity to really enjoy some of the fall activities around our area and we are looking forward to them.  We are also looking forward to next fall and seeing all of our friends and customers who come out to enjoy some good old fashioned fun in the country.
I'll leave you with my favorite picture from Silo Hill Farm.  It is my 3 beautiful grandchildren heading out into the corn maze for the first time....when the corn was tall, green and happy and they were so very small!  *sigh*



22 comments:

  1. Wow those pumpkins are AWESOME Danni, just wow. So sad about the drought and the corn. But next year will be a good one - and busy so enjoy your break this year. Love the pic of your grandkids too xxx

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  2. Danni, the picture of your grandkids melts my heart. I think it's wonderful that you've found the "silver lining" to the clouds of drought. I hope you and your family can really enjoy the other festivities in your area during this time off for your farm. The pumpkins look gorgeous! Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  3. I'm glad the pumpkins did good, anyway, and they are beautiful! Everybody should go over to KY3 and watch the piece. Sam did a great job with it,and he is cute!

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  4. Sorry for the corns due to drought. Pumpkins are sweet! Your grandkids are gorgeous. Hope next year will be better.

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  5. It was hard to watch the video. He did do a great job. Next year. Next year. Your pumpkins look great and you'll have more time to just enjoy the season yourselves. Love your farm, Danni. Hugs to you both!

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  6. Hi Danni....I saw your comment over at Kirby's and knew I had to visit your blog!
    I'm loving that you are living in my fantasy world with a pumpkin patch and corn maze.
    Wish I could come by and enjoy it.
    Hoping this terrible drought ends soon.
    Have a great day,
    Tina

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  7. That is so awesome! We love to go to the pumpkin patches but usually it's too hot to go through the mazes! I love the warty pumpkins...or anything unusual! Happy Sunday!

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  8. I didn't mention but I'm sorry to that your corn was so dry this summer and that your farm is closed. You just never know from year to year when you depend on good weather. Sweet hugs!

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  9. He did a terrific job of that interview! It showed the loss you have sustained and still kept a positive attitude. After reading this post, I realized I know absolutely nothing about pumpkins! ~ Maureen

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  10. Aw Danni I'm so sorry :( That just makes me so sad for you. Your pumpkins are beautiful, though! I love the Cinderella pumpkins...I almost bought one the other day at the store. Here's hoping for better weather next year, and the best corn maze ever!

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  11. I'm so sorry to here about your farm. At least the pumpkins are surviving. It has been a hard year all over. You husband was so good in the interview, he seamed so optimistic. What a great man you have there.

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  12. Danni, so sorry about your corn maze. Your husband gave an upbeat interview despite the family farm sorrow. How wonderful you are in showing us the different kinds of pumpkins. I never knew. I am learning so much through blogging. Thank you!

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  13. So sorry that your corn maze is out this year. Your pumpkins are so fun. I only see the supermarket kind!

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  14. I'm so sorry about your corn maze. It's the same here. I heard one local farmer combined and got 2 bushel per acre ! That doesn't come close to paying for the gas in the combine ! Your pumpkins are fabulous ! I love the warty ones too , and the Luna's are my favorite , but I can rarely find them around here ! Last year I just painted some white because I couldn't find them. We had a frost last night and I wasn't home . My Datura bit the dust :( along with a lot of my other annuals .... fall is here !

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  15. Oh Danni, the pumpkins are amazing!, it's a real shame about your corn though, hope this coming season makes up for it. Your grandchildren just look so precious, I bet they love visiting.
    My Internet is running to slow at the moment to watch the video, so I'll try later on.

    My favourite pumpkin is the Big Max, because I have a big Max :) I hope we can get them here, the kids would get a huge kick out of comparing a Big Max to our Max xoxoxo

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  16. Actually you have a phat Jack too, are you just picking on my children :P

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  17. Ahhh, Danni, I can't get over how cute they all are ~ the pumpkins, the new blog design, and the grandkids! So sorry you have to take this fall off but I really hope you do get to enjoy it like you plan. You have some extraordinary pumpkins growing out there...glad to see they made it through. ;)

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  18. Thank you for sharing the news feed of Sam and the drought results. So sad about not having the corn maze this year. Do you design it yourself?

    Love the picture of your grandkids walking into the maze in better times.

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  19. Danni,

    My heart breaks for you and your family, and for all your customers. I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to rely on the weather for your living. This was such a long, hot summer almost everywhere, and for all our complaining, most of us weren't nearly as affected as you were!

    I think God gave you those beautiful pumpkins as a sign of hope for the future! I love the picture of your grandchildren entering the corn maze, just goes to show your upbeat spirit!

    God bless you,
    Maureen

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  20. BTW, I watched the video and your hubby is not only cute, but well spoken and kind! You two make a lovely couple.

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  21. Ohhh, Dani, I'm so happy you got some pumpkins, but that video corn is some mighty sad stuff. And I'm with Maureen, Mr. Silo Farm's cute, he's got that nice smile thing going on.

    ~Bliss~

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