Winterland farmer Terry Moulton checks out his pumpkin patch to see how they are growing. He expects to have at least 2,000 pumpkins ready for Pumpkin Patch Day at his farm on Thanksgiving weekend. Visitors will be treated to hayrides and treats with donations being accepted for the Janeway Children’s Hospital. Allan Stoodley Photography.
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WINTERLAND, NL – Each Thanksgiving weekend, the population of the farming community of Winterland swells to more than 1,000 people as visitors and locals alike flock to Moulton’s Farm for their annual Pumpkin Patch Day.
Hayrides, cupcakes and hot chocolate are the order of the day and of course, the young ones picking out their favourite pumpkins to take home.
According to farm owner Terry Moulton, “visitors in appreciation of the fall fun day usually give a donation that goes to the Janeway Hospital.” In past years, donations have totaled $3,000-$3,500 for the one-day event, which will go ahead on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, weather permitting.
Moulton is the third generation of Moulton farmers at Winterland. His grandfather, William B. Moulton, moved there as a young man with his family in 1940 from Flat Islands (Port Elizabeth) in Placentia Bay. His was one of the 23 original families that moved into Winterland when it came into being in 1939 under the Commission of Government’s resettlement program, introduced to get some people out of the fishing boats and into farming.
Don Moulton, Terry’s father, eventually took over the farm from his father and worked the land for all of his adult life until his two sons, Terry and Dale, joined him. Terry is now the only full-time farmer at Winterland. Since Dale is now employed elsewhere, Terry has had to cut back dramatically on the size of the crop he plants.
“I’m down now to only growing about one third of the cabbage, turnip and other vegetables we did when Dale was involved,” he explained. “I had no choice because it’s next to impossible to get workers to help when you need them.”
Allan Stoodley is a long-time resident of Grand Bank. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he welcomes any comments on this or any other article he has written.