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It's pumpkin time

Posted: October 8, 2009 - 6:59pm

 

GREENBRIER — In spite of a pretty tough growing season for pumpkins this year, there are two businesses in Greenbrier eager to supply you with their bounty for fall.  

Phil Hamilton, part of the family who owns Old Mac Donna’s, said, “Pumpkins rotted in the fields this year because of all the wet weather Arkansas endured during the growing season.”  Whether it is for carving, pie baking, decoration or games, Donna Young, Manager, said, “We have all sizes to fit your every need.”  They managed to get most of their pumpkins from around Augusta, but even traveled to Lower Michigan to get enough pumpkins for this year.  

Their gigantic pumpkins came from Tupelo and HAVE some of the best prices around.  

These 200-pound monsters usually are sold by the pound and run around $70 to $80, but Old Mac Donna’s is selling them for just $30.  Be sure to bring a big guy to carry them home. Their pie pumpkins range from $1 to $3.  Jack carving pumpkins are between $6 and $8.

Running their produce stand on the corner of Highway 65 and Main Street (Hwy 225), Old Mac Donna’s is the closest and easiest to find if pumpkins of all sizes, good homegrown produce and flowers are on your mind.  Their friendly open-air building is hand-painted with lots of fun signs and all decorated for the Halloween season.  They have mums in three different sizes from $5.99, bales of straw, corn bundles, squash, okra, sweet potatoes and Arkansas apples.  They also offer homemade apple sauce, apple butter and pickles that were canned by Young’s 86-year-old mother.  Their stand is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If you’d like to make a day of pumpkin patching, then travel just two miles East of Highway 65 on Arkavalley Road to Johnston’s Pumpkin Farm.  You can bring the kids for good photo shots of them playing in the pumpkin patch and watching the farm animals. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a hay ride or see how a windmill operates.  You can visit an old fashioned sorghum molasses mill on display.  

Wanda Johnston, her husband, Cary, and parents have been running this pumpkin farm and festival for 15 years when her dad, Bill Sturtevant, suggested the idea for Wanda to earn a little extra money on their farm. Dad Sturtevant now drives the tractor for the hay ride and Mom Sturtevant mans the country store where every imaginable kind of pickled and jarred country goods are sold. They not only carry Maria’s Homemade Country Fare breads in jars, but also the whole line of preserves like cherry, cinnamon pickles, fig, peach, muscadine, blueberry and apple.

The most fun, though, is when the school kids arrive by bus to run across the field to choose their pumpkins. They can meet Snow White and the seven dwarfs and Charlie Brown statues and homemade scarecrows. Their pumpkins run 49 cents per pound or $2.75 each for pie pumpkins and 50 cents for miniature pumpkins. They are open until Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Sundays is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

Saturday will be their huge Pumpkin Festival Day. Brian Kinder, a children’s musician, will perform at 3:30 p.m. The feature of the day will be the pie contest at 2 p.m.  

Bring your favorite pie for tasting by a panel of four prominent judges who will sample the pies, including Sen. Gilbert Baker. 

 

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