August and September are two of my favorite months here on the farm. Being in the pumpkin patch business I love October, too, but it comes with mixed emotions of the season drawing to a close. August and September are busy and sometimes stressful, but I love the anticipation of another Pumpkin Festival approaching.
August begins with the county fair, which is going on now. I harvested our first pumpkin of the season yesterday to take to the fair. Cutting that first stem of the season and carrying the "prize" back to the house is still exciting and very rewarding. The pumpkin, squash and gourd vines grow visibly every day and the fruits are forming nicely. It's been a little on the dry side, but we were lucky to have rain last week and it is WAY better than last summer's drought. And, we planted more ground than ever before so are hoping for a big harvest.
August also brings lots of planning and to-do lists. We start working a little harder and faster to get everything done as our Sept. 21 opening day draws closer. We've been doing a lot of weeding out in the U-pick patch. I've been ordering merchandise and looking for vendors selling local crafts. And, I've been talking to our seasonal employees and working out their schedules for the season.
With the start of school we'll soon be hearing from teachers booking field trips and groups booking campfire parties. If you're thinking of scheduling something it is never too early to contact us -- be sure you get your preferred date and call soon!
Things are coming along, but there is always something to do. Once we hit September it really becomes crunch time, so I'm trying to get as much done this month as I can and enjoy the process. Pumpkin season is what we live for and I'm trying to savor the anticipation.
We look forward to seeing you soon at the farm!