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Archive for April, 2011


I want to be a gardener.  Really, I do.  I want to be one of those people who grows amazing vegetables and spends all summer preserving them to enjoy later, during the cold Iowa winters.  But, I’m not.  I grow children, pumpkins, gourds and squash.  After 10-15 acres of those (pumpkins, not children) and a […]

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Fun in Iowa

We’re always looking for fun, kid-friendly activities we can do as a family.  This was definitely one of the driving forces behind starting The Pumpkin Ranch.  It brought us great joy to see families come out and have fun together.  This year, we are adding 5 more attractions and are expanding our corn maze to 8 acres.  […]

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Do You Follow Her Yet?

Have you had the petite vanilla scones at Starbucks?  Good grief….so good.  I’m a fan and so is my 3 year old son.  I googled “petite vanilla scone recipe” one day and found this blog….The Pioneer Woman.  And sure enough, she has the same obsession.  But, she actually did something about it and recreated the […]

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From Vogue to Rupps

I’ve turned into a woman who is more excited to receive seed catalogs in the mail than my newest copy of Vogue!  When I see the Rupps and Harris seed catalogs, I’m pumped! I guess the adventure of owning a pumpkin patch will do that to you.  How can you not be excited about these gorgeous guys? […]

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Family Fun….and some Good Food

I am looking for a few new specialty items to carry in our concession stand for the 2011 season at The Pumpkin Ranch.  Hey, doesn’t every pumpkin patch need a little gourmet food?  OK, gourmet maybe stretching it….but doesn’t every pumpkin patch need some not-so-good-for-you-but-so-yummy-food? I’m thinking these…. Pecan Caramel Bars with a Shortbread Crust And […]

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The Best Planters Around

There’s often a debate among farmers about which brand of equipment is the best.  It really all comes down to the color..and if you’re a farmer, you know what I’m referring to (Go green!).  But, we discovered last year, that the best pumpkin planter was….our kiddos! In my last post, I made reference to the fact that […]

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How Many Seeds Does One Need?

In our first year of business at The Pumpkin Ranch, this was one of the most commonly asked questions from our customers.  Last year, when we decided to start a pumpkin patch, determining how many seeds we needed for 10 acres proved to be a little more challenging than we originally thought.   Why?  First […]

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