GREENWOOD, Ind. — Nothing says autumn like a hayride and a
field full of pumpkins ready for picking.
At Waterman’s Family Farm, there are plenty of pumpkins and
gourds ready for harvest. Their annual Fall Festival runs through the entire
month of October and is open every day of the week.
The farm has wagonloads of pumpkins ready to sell at the
farmers market, along with a u-pick option. Tractors bring visitors to the field
to pick their own pumpkin for 35 cents per pound.
“The pumpkins are looking very good this year,” said Carol
Waterman, who runs the farm with her husband. “The season has been so much
better than last year was. We had fantastic pumpkins last year because we were
able to irrigate.
“This year we irrigated, as well, but just to boost them,
not to save them. It was just to get them through the rough spots.”
Pumpkins are planted in the early part of summer. Harvest
runs from late September through middle to late October.
When there is a frequent morning frost, it is time to get
them out of the field, Waterman said.
The Waterman farm grows several varieties of fall produce.
“We grow a lot of pie pumpkins. They are smaller ones for
young children and for people who want to make pies,” Waterman explained. “The
others kinds will work for pies, too. We grow a variety considered a carving
“We grow some prize winners, a larger variety. They are a
different shade, more red than the others. We also grow some white pumpkins,
gourds and mini pumpkins.”
While visiting the farm, people can take a look at the
mechanical pumpkin-eating “dinosaur” that resides on the property.
“She roars, chomps on pumpkins and makes a delightful mess,”
Waterman said. “Sometimes the little kids are afraid because it is noisy, but
they always want to come back and see it because they are intrigued.”
Waterman said that farmers sometimes take leftover pumpkins
to use as feed for livestock.
At the end of the season the farm hosts another unique way
to get rid of pumpkins.
“The first Saturday of November, we also polish it off with
the Punkin’ Kerplunkin,” Waterman said, “which is where you bring your pumpkin
back and fling it on a slingshot back into the fields to smash it. It’s
For those who want to use pumpkin for baking, Waterman
shared her tips for cooking it.
After rinsing it, she puts the pumpkin in a Crock-Pot and
sets it on high for an hour. After that, she cooks it on low from two to four
“When I remove it, it will fall apart. I’ve never had to cut
a hard shell,” she said. “You can scoop out the seeds and use the pumpkin for
pies, breads, cookies and soup.”
The farm also has a petting zoo, pony rides, a combine
slide, concession stands and much more. For a taste of what else Waterman’s
offers, visit www.watermansfamilyfarm.com.