The cabin has been the place to buy our merchandise for over 10 years now. We haven't always had it in the barn lot. We used to have it out in the north field. Visitors of the pumpkin patch can walk into the cabin and smell the sweet fragrance of potpourri and see the delicious muffins. The cabin also houses many gourds of different sizes and shapes, plus crafts. I'm sure you'll enjoy the experience.
The cabin was first put out in the field you first see when you come driving down our gravel road. It was a place for visitors to purchase their pumpkins. But then my Mom started to sell quilts in the cabin, and we also added baked goods. People's cars got stuck in the field sometimes after a heavy rain, so we decided to move the cabin to the barn lot for easier access. The visitors of the pumpkin patch can park right next to the cabin now. Then walk out to the field to find a pumpkin. (No spinning tires!) The cabin also makes a nice place to get warmed up after being out in the cold for a bit.
Cleaning for the Season
Each year the Earnest Girls get to have a lot of fun, (or the lack thereof) in cleaning out the cabin and reorganizing it. They will be out there until late in the night trying to get everything just right for the October season. Every year of the pumpkin patch you find the cabin looking different and probably better than the last year. With all the items and baked goods in it, it's a big job each year. The only reason they call us boys in, is to move something (fifteen different times!)
My Mom is an amazing quilter. She can create some fabulous artwork on her longarm machine. She makes tabletop sized quilts all the way to queen sized quilts. She even makes T-shirt quilts from people's old shirts! If you have unfinished quilts, she will take those quilts and finish them on her longarm machine. If you don't make quilts, she can make one for you! She makes them look great. Actually, she's upstairs doing a quilt while I'm typing right now. Here are some of her quilts with...no...that couldn't be...your's truly could it?
Smells good, looks good, but please don't taste it; because it does not taste good. Potpourri (poe-per-ee) is a smelling fragrance or something. When you walk in the cabin you will get hit (not literally) with a smell that is awesome. From Maple Syrup to Harvest Pumpkin to the sweet smelling Apple Cinnamon, you can take some of this stuff home with you to get the smell in your home. Just don't smell it too well or you'll...you'll...ACHOO!
Food! I like it, I eat it, but you better be glad I ain't cooking it! From pumpkin pie to pumpkin muffins, we have it. From pumpkin chocolate chip bread to pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, we have it.
Our patch is world famous, well at least at our farm, for our pies. After a long day of working on the farm, a pumpkin pie with some whipped cream is the best! We also have pecan pie and cherry pie that will make your mouth water. Add some whipped cream and you have one full stomach.
Chocolate chip bread! Just typing it is putting a mental picture in my mind. Think about it...(you have a brown piece of bread, dotted with islands of chocolate chips, sticky from the gooey goodness all over it. Steam is cascading off of the bread as the sun sets in the background) Okay, probably an over exaggeration, but hey, I like it a LOT.
We also have white bread, pumpkin bread, white rolls, carmel corn and pumpkin muffins.
But, you do not know the true pumpkin patch until you have tasted the Fabulous, Delicious, Wonderful pumpkin sugar cookies. No, the cookies are not made of pumpkin. They are just pumpkin shaped (as you can see below).
And now is the time you have been waiting and reading for - it's the process of the pumpkin pie making.
First, we grow the pie pumpkins. They are a special type of pumpkin that has thick walls of pumpkin flesh. We gather these pie pumpkins and bring them to the house. My mom bakes down the pumpkin and purees it. After a bit we put the pumpkin and other ingredients into the pie crust and bake them. After a heat wave in the oven (and hopefully no burnt crust) you, again, have a watering mouth and a fork in your hand.
Okay, let's transfer from calories and sugar to some artwork.
My sisters and I are the ones who make hats, scarfs, blankets, scrubbies, little cars, animals, and more. We have a lot of products in the cabin, and in my sister's closet. That means we need a lot of yarn, which we have! Here are some pictures of our products with...no...why is he in these pictures (again)?
Well, I guess I have to wrap it up here. Thank you all for reading this first post of "Where's Daniel Today". If you want to leave a comment and tell me how I'm doing on it, or your enjoyment of the post, I would love to get the feedback from this new idea we're trying out.
I hope to do another post next week and will, Lord willing, continue this next year. God bless you all.