Pumpkins/Squash

Corn mazes, pumpkin patches and U-pick fruit are part of a growing agritourism trend

You know it's fall when your Facebook feed is full of photos of your friends and their children exploring corn mazes, picking out pumpkins and going on hay rides.For many, such activities are tradition.And for... more »

Processing pumpkins boost illinois acreage

For growers around Morton, Ill., the so-called Pumpkin Capital of the World, fall is a very busy time of year, said Mohammad Babadoost, a researcher with the University of Illinois who studies pumpkins and other... more »

Central Illinois farm market going strong despite drought, frost

Tanner's Orchard is celebrating its 65th year as a family-run business. The 80-acre, Speer, Ill., farm and market was founded in 1947 by John Tanner. The original family farm was started in 1906 in Deer... more »

Rhode Island pumpkin sets new world record

Organizers of a fair in northeastern Massachusetts claim a Rhode Island man has set a new world record with the first pumpkin ever to weigh more than a ton.Leaders of the Topsfield Fair say the... more »

Ohio family grows with the market

Three farms. Four thousand acres. Thirty-five commodities grown. Another 30 or so bought from other growers. Those numbers give a sense of the size and complexity of Buurma Farms, based in Willard, Ohio.In the busy... more »

Savvy farmers save pumpkin crop, Halloween

It took some creative thinking and extra labor, but area farmers rescued their 2012 pumpkin harvests from the ravages of severe drought. Yes, there will be a happy Halloween.At Maize Valley Farms and Winery, 6193... more »

Children sell fruits (and vegetables) of their labor in new enterprise

A new successful startup farming business in Fremont, Ohio, is turning heads.Every Friday from about 1 to 6 p.m., the owners and operators of The Vegetable Hut at WSOS Stricker Family Development Center take to... more »

Family, persistence, Twinkies help Ohio farm survive

When Dave Weilnau was growing up, just about every farmer in his part of north-central Ohio sold their vegetables wholesale to local buyers. That's not the case anymore."As far as I know, there's no one... more »

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