We survived the long winter, and although we're still melting from a surprise snowstorm over the weekend we know Spring is just around the corner!
We had a very successful fall 2012 season. So many new friends came to the farm and we are thankful for each and every one! We were also thankful for each and every pumpkin after a summer of drought. As of today we are just over 6 months from doing it all over again and although it might be another dry year, pumpkins are pretty resilient and we have high hopes. We're waiting on one more seed catalog and should have our ordering done soon. Late May/early June is planting time for our pumpkins, squash and gourds, and we can't wait to get out in the dirt again.
We spent the winter building a different part of our business, one which has always been in the background but is stepping to the forefront for our off-season. If you've been to our gift shop or in the pumpkin barn you know we love to collect farm primitives, antiques, and fun rusty stuff (like the clawfoot bathtub we keep our mini pumpkins in, or all the old farm tools and signs hanging around the barn). We've always kept a small inventory for sale in the store, but we've been collecting and searching all winter and now have a big, fun pile of "good JUNK"!
On April 13 & 14, 2013, we're opening the barn doors and farm gates for our first-annual Rural Route Rust sale. Besides for our own selection of primitives, garden junk, "man-tiques", vintage textiles and kitchen goods, repurposed lighting, industrial accents, and leather cuffs handmade from vintage belts, we've rounded up about a dozen other vendors that share our love of this kind of merchandise. There will be a great selection of vintage, antique, repurposed, upcycled and handmade goodies and we're excited to support our fellow small-businesspeople while providing a one-of-a-kind shopping experience for our visitors.
We'll be holding our annual spring open house in conjunction with the sale. The Schoolhouse Cafe will be open, serving chicken salad sandwiches, soup, hot dogs, pie, brownie sundaes and other homemade yummies all day long, and the young and young-at-heart can explore the farm and visit the horses, goats, chickens & cows. Admission is free all weekend, and hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
We're currently booking field trips and parties for fall 2013, so contact us anytime to be sure you get the best dates. Whether in April for the Rural Route Rust Sale & Spring Open House, or in September for the Pumpkin Festival, we look forward to seeing you soon at the farm!