In 2009, we began collaborating with Hawthorne Elementary school. In the spring, they sent their 4th graders to our farm (we are located less than a 1 mile from the school) and they prepped the pumpkin field, planted the pumpkin seeds and were taught how to lay the water lines. Then they came back as 5th graders in the fall and harvested the pumpkins, set up the pumpkin patch for the public and helped with a small sales we had through October. We split the profits with the school's PTA. It was a successful venture for all! Thus, we continued year after year! Last year we were able to donate enough to help the PTA pay for most of the field trips scheduled! But more importantly, the experience the kids get from getting their hands in the dirt and seeing the whole cycle from seed to sale is priceless! In 2016, a local 4-H group collaborated with us and did apple pressing during the Pumpkin Festival and sold some of the yummiest apple cider! We love incorporating kids into all our activities!
Our Pumpkin Festival has become pretty popular in the last few years! In 2017, we are looking to expand our hours and offer it a few more weekends. During the festival, we have apple pressing, self-guided farm tours, lots of animal petting, photo sessions by a local professional photographer, the ever popular CORNBOX (think: sand box farmstyle!), a mini farmers' market, lots of pumpkin themed items and of course a chance to pick out a pumpkin grown right here at Turner Farms!
Our Pumpkin Patch stays open until the end of October. Please watch here or on Facebook for hours and dates of the Festival as it gets closer to October!