Ag Life: Pumpkin Festival wraps up at Sinkland Farms

Ag Life

The end of October marks the end of pumpkin season for many farms across our area, including Sinkland Farms, which has wrapped up its annual month-long Pumpkin Festival.

Sunday was the last chance for people to pick pumpkins from the patch at Sinkland Farms.

“We paint them and we use them as decoration,” said Cierra Zimmer, who visits the farm’s Pumpkin Festival with her mom every year.

This year was Cierra’s first time going through the corn maze.

“I’m excited, but I’m scared I’m going to get lost,” she said before entering the corn maze. 

“We’ve had more pumpkins than we’ve ever had before in great quality,” said Susan Sink, owner of Sinkland Farms. “We’ve had more attendance this year than ever before.”

Sink said 30,000 to 35,000 people came out to her farm’s Pumpkin Festival this year. The farm typically grows up to 2,500 good-quality pumpkins to sell, she explained, but weather conditions have resulted in a higher yield.

“We had a great growing season this year,” Sink said. “The summer rains came at just the right time.”

Although it is towards the end of the pumpkin picking season, a pumpkin can last up to three months, depending on its stem color, Sink said. 

“If the stem is brown, you’re probably looking at a month, maybe up to six weeks,” Sink said. “Whereas if the stem is still green, you’re going to have perhaps even three additional months of orange.”

The farm always wraps up the festival by the end of October since the demand for pumpkins drops significantly after Halloween, Sink said.

But before November arrives, people at the festival said they are excited to decorate their homes with locally-grown pumpkins.

“It’s freshly grown here, and we pick it straight from the patch,” Cierra Zimmer said. 

As for the leftover pumpkins at the farm, Sink said they are never thrown away. Instead, they are fed to the animals on the farm, she said. 

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