A gourd time awaits at Farmer John’s

Published 7:04 pm Saturday, September 17, 2011

Natalie Guanella brings her pumpkin, along with her classmates, up to Farmer John Ulland so he could put it in a bag during a visit to Farmer John's Pumpkin Patch last year. - Herald file photo

Fall is in the air, and a long-running business is about to return a seasonal mainstay to local porches.

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch is scheduled to open Saturday, Sept. 24.

Despite an early frost, Jan Ulland, said she and her husband, farmer John, are preparing a good crop of pumpkins for the season.

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“(It’s) looking really, really good out here,” she said, noting the frost wasn’t hard enough to damage the pumpkins.

Along with the pumpkins, there’s plenty to do on the farm. There are games, horse drawn wagon rides on Oct. 2, 9 and 16, a gourd house, a barn built of salvaged wood and much more.

“We’re real country, we’re low key,” Jan said. “Lots of freedom out here for the kids. We’re kid oriented.”

Like last year, Jan said she’s hoping for good fall weather this season.

“Last year was super good because we have wonderful, wonderful weather,” she said.

“We’re looking to a good one again,” she added.

Other vegetables, honey, jam and jelly, and other foods will be for sale.

The pumpkin patch is open noon to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 30.