Ask A Kessinger!
Plumper Pumpkin Patch is owned and operated by Jim and Peggy Kessinger.
Are you the Plumper Family?
No, we are not the Plumper family or even the Plumber family. We are the Kessingers.
We named the farm for bigger, better, plumper pumpkins, not based on our family name.
Do you have children?
Yes, we have five adult children. Two currently live on the farm and have outside employment. Two live in the Portland Metro area and one lives and works in Austin Texas.
Is your farm open year round?
No, we are not. We are open for our Pumpkin Season from the last week of September until Halloween, and we open for our Christmas Tree Season the Friday after Thanksgiving, and stay open through Dec. 17 (most years the Sunday before Christmas). However during our off seasons, we still sell our farm fresh meat and some produce. As this is a farm year round, there is usually someone up here working. To pick up or purchase meat or produce during our off season we highly recommend calling or emailing us before heading up to the farm. Our email and phone number can be found at the bottom of this page.
Are the pony rides and face painting included in my activity wristband?
No. Pony rides and face painting are not included in our wristbands These activities along with our pumpkin flinger, apple and corn cannons are token attractions. Tokens can be purchased at the farm store, admission gate or hilltop booth. Pony rides require either 6 orange pumpkin tokens or a single purple pony token. Face painting cost varies according to design. The orange pumpkin token is $1.00, the purple pony token is $6.00. The wristband includes unlimited hayrides and barrel train rides, animal viewing, a mini corn maze for children and admission to the giant Fallow Field Play Area where there are two 40 foot slides and lots more!
Does your farm accept cash, check or card?
We happily accept all three of those options, however for card payment we do have a $5 minimum purchase. We also have an ATM on the premises.
What is your pet cat's name?
Our white and orange cat’s name is Handsome, and he sure does hold true to his name! We rescued Handsome a few years back and he has been growing plumper up here on our farm ever since.
How long have you lived here?
We’ve lived here since 1993 and we’ve had the Pumpkin Patch open since 1998.
In other words, since Jim looked like this:
I can’t believe we grew pumpkins in our front yard the first year!
How many acres do you own?
We own approximately 65 acres. The house is in the center of the property and the land extends up past the second oak tree to the north and into the large forested area to the west.
Why are the pumpkins more expensive on the farm than in the stores? It’s pretty cheap to grow pumpkins, right?
Well, yes the seeds are inexpensive, but the cost of fertilizer, irrigation and labor for cultivation adds up quickly. Also, there are additional expenses required for allowing the public to come onto our property like insurance, etc. Stores often sell seasonal items like pumpkins at below cost to draw people into their stores for other items.
What do you do with the pumpkins after the season is over?
Predicting how many pumpkins we will sell is like predicting the weather! Our goal is to have no pumpkins left over but when we have extra we will feed them to our animals. The pigs especially like them!