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Mama Faye’s Monster Cookies

The recipe for our monster cookies comes from Mama Faye. I think I may have to change the name to Tractor Driver Jay’s Monster Cookies. They are his favorite. If you want him to drive your hay rack to our secret stash of perfect pumpkins, bring him one of these cookies. He can be bribed. […]

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It’s been hammer down here at The Ranch this past month.  The list seems to never end, yet when opening day arrives it seems to be done enough.  We have an incredible support staff!  If you’ve never been to The Pumpkin Ranch, I can’t wait for you to meet them.  They all showed up Saturday […]

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Can I redeem myself after my last post/confession?  I may not be a pumpkin carver, but this ABSOLUTELY INSPIRES ME!  So beautiful!  I am going to replicate this for a display this year.  I think…If I have enough time…and can find these benches. 🙂

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Clever Carvers

Believe it or not, I’m not a fan of carving pumpkins.  Seriously…should I even admit that here?  It’s messy and hard and my poor kids usually have to do it with a babysitter or family member who takes pity on them.  I know, I know…bad mom…bad pumpkin farmer!  However, here is one I think I […]

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One more day…

“One more day of heat, I can do this.  One more day of heat, I can do this.  One more day of heat, I can do this.”  This is what I keep telling myself.  I know I’m not the only one ready for this heat to break.  It’s hard on all of us! But then […]

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Benefit of Bees

This story was on my local, morning news feed.  So interesting!  We have bee hives here at The Pumpkin Ranch.  The bees work hard for us, pollinating our plants AND giving wonderful honey to sell to you!  This is an interesting read.

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The Heat of the Moment

Does anyone remember the great (maybe not so great) song by Asia, “The Heat of the Moment?”  Ahhhh, the good old days!  I can’t seem to get that song our of my head these past 2 weeks.  Do you know why?!?!  It’s been blazing hot here, that’s why!  We’ve cooled down to 90-ish degree and […]

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Another Good One!

I can’t help myself….can you tell that I love food?  Especially when I can find great recipes that use local produce.  Here’s one you can make with any number of squash that we grow here at The Pumpkin Ranch.

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Here’s the Heat!

As Cooper says, “It’s smokin’ outside!”  It has been so hot here!  We had a pretty mild summer, but let me tell you, last week the heat set in and it’s here to stay for a while.  Last night we went out to the pumpkin field to cut some produce for a window display we […]

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Iowa State Fair Pumpkin

My family LOVES the Iowa State Fair.  Here is one of the great “little” finds at the fair this year.  Some year, we just may try to grow a monster.  Until then, we’ll admire the hard work of others!  Clearly, Cooper is amazed!

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