Pumpkin Patch still growing after 17 seasons
by Elane Jones
Oct 05, 2012 | 2615 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pumpkins dot the landscape at Faye Whittemore’s Pumpkin Patch, which is in its 17th year in business. It’s open now through Oct. 31. File photo
Pumpkins dot the landscape at Faye Whittemore’s Pumpkin Patch, which is in its 17th year in business. It’s open now through Oct. 31. File photo
Faye Whittemore Farms Pumpkin Patch in Curry opened Wednesday for its 17th season.

Ricky Whittemore, owner of the farm, said the Pumpkin Patch keeps growing each year.

“This is our 17th year, and we love doing it, because we love the company that comes to visit us each year from the schools and the community,” Whittemore said. “We began hosting the Pumpkin Patch for school students in 1996 and then we opened up on the weekends to the general public in 2000.”

Whittemore said the Pumpkin Patch got its roots when his oldest son, Ricky Lee, was a student at Curry Elementary School.

“He was in the fourth grade at the time, and he had to raise money for the school in order to run for Fall Festival King,” Whittemore said, “so we came up with an idea to do a Pumpkin Patch on our farm as his fundraiser.”

Whittemore said at first they only invited the students in their youngest son Andrew’s kindergarten class to the farm to visit the Pumpkin Patch. When the students returned to school and everyone learned about the trip and how much fun the students had, all the other classes — from head start to the fourth grade — wanted to visit the pumpkin patch.

“That first year all the students from Curry Elementary School ended up visiting.

The next year, all five grades at Curry Elementary and a couple of classes at T.S. Boyd Elementary came to visit,” Whittemore said.

“The next year, we got smart and invited all the schools, and we’ve continued to grow every since.”

Whittemore said the Pumpkin Patch grew so much during the first few years that he decided to open to the public on the weekends.

“We’re open to the public every weekend on Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of October,” Whittemore said. “We’ve had hundreds of families visit us over the years. Some of them have even made coming to the Pumpkin Patch an annual family outing.”

The cost to visit the Pumpkin Patch is $10 person for 10 activities and a pumpkin. The activities will include face painting, a hay castle with a slide, a tour of farm animals, a 22-foot inflatable slide, an obstacle course, a moon walk, a hay maze, the pirate ship playground, fishing with a cane pole and a wagon ride to the Pumpkin Patch.

“We just added our new pirate ship playground and swings and our hay maze. This year is the biggest one we’ve ever done,” Whittemore said. “We also added some seating and several picnic tables in and around our concession stand area so folks can sit down and relax. This year’s Pumpkin Patch will also feature wagon rides, stage coach rides and horse rides for $2 each.”

The pumpkins at the farm are grown in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee. Whittemore said the weather in those areas is more suitable for growing pumpkins.

Faye Whittemore Farms Pumpkin Patch, located on Forrester Road, will be open each Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and each Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. through Halloween.

For more information, call 205-522-4137.