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Work and Fried Chicken

Hasn’t our weather the past several days been amazing? And we even got rain yesterday! We took advantage of the great weather Saturday morning and worked outside. We cleared the area to the west of our barn and plan to repurpose it. Honestly, it looked junky and needed some new life! When you own your […]

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Oh Rye, How I Love You!

Seriously.Rye.I.Love.You. This may sound a little dramatic….unless you lived our life before rye.  Rye is the cover crop we use in our pumpkin patch.  The seed is flown over the field and dropped in each fall.  It grows up in the spring, Dave makes rows through the rye, we kill it off, plant pumpkins in the rows, […]

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Planting 2017

We had just enough dry days last week to get pumpkin seeds in the ground. It’s always a good feeling to have that job done! But, as any type of big farming project goes, there are usually a few hiccups. Dave was about 50% done when the hitch on the planter broke. He loaded the […]

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Decorating with Indian Corn

I saw this picture and immediately fell in love. It would be wonderful hanging on a front door, from a mantle, or from a porch railing. I think we’re going to have to make some of these to sell this fall at The Pumpkin Ranch. I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Beautiful Madison County

We love Madison county and the community of Winterset. We have gorgeous scenery, loads of history, and really kind, caring people. When you plan your visit to The Pumpkin Ranch, we highly recommend you consider taking in the other wonderful sights and businesses in our area. If you have young children, the city park, including […]

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5th Anniversary

I cannot believe it! This fall will mark our 5th anniversary as The Pumpkin Ranch. When I look back, I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. When we started our kiddos were just 2 and 4 years old. Now, our oldest is about to turn 9! Last year she opened a candy shop […]

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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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