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Winterland farm revamps pumpkin patch event following tough growing season

Damon Miller joined his friends from New Beginnings Daycare as they went to the pumpkin patch at Moulton’s Farm, picture take Oct 2016.
Damon Miller joined his friends from New Beginnings Daycare as they went to the pumpkin patch at Moulton’s Farm, picture take Oct 2016. - Colin Farrell

Winterland farm receives outcry of support from community

WINTERLAND, N.L.

A family-owned farm in the town of Winterland that for the last number of years has hosted a pumpkin patch gathering over Thanksgiving weekend had to change the focus of this year’s event.

Since its inception in 2009, the event at Moulton’s Farm offered people from the Burin Peninsula an opportunity to go to the farm, walk through the pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Due to unexpected issues with their pumpkin crop, the farm cannot offer pumpkins this year.

Shelley Keeping posted in a Facebook group for the event on Wednesday, Oct. 3, stating this year they would still be offering hayrides, vegetable sales and an opportunity for people to come and take pictures on the farm.

“We can’t believe the number of people that still want to come to the pumpkin patch,” Keeping posted to the Facebook page for the event that has been renamed Moulton’s Pumpkinless Patch “You guys continue to amaze us.”

Community support

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, organizers of the event indicated they would be forced to cancel the event due to the issues with the pumpkins. Many people who have frequented the event in the past expressed their disappointment to the news.

“Sorry to hear this news,” wrote Kayla Evans, “We’ll be back again whenever you open. Lots of good wishes for a better year next year.”

Another well-wisher wrote that the family event was more about the experience than the pumpkins.

“This is so sad,” wrote Michelle Lundrigan, “I don’t even (go) up for the pumpkins, I just (go) up for the kids to have fun and get pictures at the displays.”

Colin.farrell@southerngazette.ca

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