Great Pumpkin Patch near Arthur now offering seeds
ARTHUR – The Great Pumpkin Patch south of Arthur is offering pumpkin, squash and gourd seeds for the garden.
The seeds are being offered online through The Homestead Seeds store at www.the200acres.myshopify.com.
This is the newest venture at the Condill family farm, which is home to the Great Pumpkin Patch and The Homestead Bakery, located on their fifth-generation 200-acre working family farm near Arthur.
Mac Condill has resurrected the family tradition of developing and selling heirloom cucurbit seeds that his brother Kit began years ago. Mac Condill, an expert on all things cucurbits and a frequent speaker around the country, takes great pride in the steps his seed-gathering teams take to ensure the purity and the continuity of the common and rare varieties of seeds offered by The Homestead Seeds.
The collection includes selections for serious horticulturists, backyard gardeners, driven home decorators and artists looking for interesting gourds for projects.
"We have seen a significant increase in the number of visitors to The Great Pumpkin Patch and people who attend our educational sessions who are interested in taste-testing and learning how to make pumpkins, squash and gourds part of their family's nutritious diet, garden and environment," according to Mac Condill.
"Growing over 300 varieties of the finest cucurbits (pumpkins, squash and gourds), along with teaching visitors how to grow and prepare them, has been the legacy of the entire Condill family for more than two decades. Making the finest seed of common and rare cucurbit varieties available to the public is a natural extension of our business," he added.
A portion of The Homestead Seeds' sales goes to the Sumerian Foundation, a Scottish-led Kenyan social enterprise project that promotes development of self-sustaining businesses, including family farms, in rural Kenya.