If you’ve been to Starkville’s annual Pumpkinpalooza, you know that one of the most popular harvest activities is the Pumpkin Patch set up right on Main Street. Complete with hay bales, flowering mums and a trove of pumpkins and gourds, kids and parents alike flock to the patch to crawl around the produce, take pictures and choose the “Great Pumpkin” with the most jack-o-lantern potential.
Each year, the pumpkins and gourds are provided by one of our long-time Starkville Community Market vendors, LANCASTER FARMS – the family farm run by Eric and Anna Lancaster right here in Oktibbeha County! The produce will be available for purchase during Pumpkinpalooza for very reasonable prices, but get ready for a tough selection process. The Lancasters typically produce a harvest of some 300 pumpkins and 500 gourds in quite a few varieties that are great for both jack-o-lanterns, harvest decorating and the delicious tastes of the season. This year’s pumpkin patch will also feature small hay bales, indian corn and corn stalks you can purchase to give your home a harvest feel. If you need an instant treat, the Lancaster’s Market booth will also offer cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, caramel apples, pepper sauce, soup, nachos and hot chocolate! Yum!
In addition to the Lancaster’s offerings, this year’s Pumpkinpalooza will feature the biggest selection of Fall Starkville Community Market vendors ever! If you’ve been missing your favorite produce, canned and baked goods from the summer Market, now’s your chance to stock up again.
Double D Farms will bring their Fall harvest of produce. In addition, homemade and baked goods will be in abundance. Derego’s Breads will offer pumpkin Portuguese biscuits and raisin rosemary bread — delicious! Lynn Berch will bring her signature Sweet Treats, along with favorites from The Hummus Lady and The Biscuit Lady (Michelle Tehan) including buttermilk biscuits, cinnamon sugar biscuits with cream cheese glaze, cheddar and BOO berry biscuits — how appropriate!
Starkville is proud to support our local farmers and artisan bakers and food crafters through Pumpkinpalooza’s Fall Community Market. We hope you’ll come out and enjoy homemade and home grown goodness to grace your table. And don’t forget your pumpkins!