Friday, October 29, 2010

The Pumpkin Patch

Strawberry Hollow Farm is a landmark of Guilford Ct.
A must see if you are in the mood for an old fashioned
experience and perfect for this time of year.

The building is heated the old fashioned way with a wood stove which keeps it’s customers toasty warm.
The farmers SIL who now runs the gift shop
said at times it’s so warm the doors are left open to let the heat out.
back barn
Another building where the pumpkins are stored.

pumpkins in wagon

more pumpkins in wag 

We try to make it over every year. We came almost 3 weeks ago
which is why you still see the leaves on  the trees and they are


He told us this was the most photographed sign of all.

But this was his favorite.
He used to have it displayed right by the field but he decided that
some of the folks would take offense to it so he removed it.
Some people have no sense of humor!!!!

Turned out that it was also stolen a few times too.

in the field
To get to the field you have to walk down a long steep driveway
but the view from above is like a postcard.

wagon wheel

barn with mums

more big pumpkins

The mammoth pumpkins are usually sold in advanced
so he stores them away so as not to entice other customers.
He was kind enough to show them to us anyways.

big ones
I’d be proud of these too.

big boys
The difficult part is keeping the squirrels from eating
them so he leaves a few
outside that they’ve already started to nibble on
so they don’t try eating all of them.

on shelf

barn sale

Tomorrow we will finally carve our pumpkin before
going to a Halloween Party.
Have you gotten your pumpkin yet???
or going to a Party????

Happy Halloween!
Strawberry Hollow Farm is a true landmark in
Guilford Connecticut.  Located on Boston Post rd it’s so popular that they have to hire traffic cops
 to keep the traffic flowing on the weekends.
It’s small building is charming and filled with
decorations for the season.
Right after Halloween the store transforms into a Christmas shop full of charming country decorations typical of
New England.


jovialjudi said...

Glorious pictures...thanks so much for sharing! Have a spookalicious weekend! Hugs, Judi

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

That's a great place, Carole! I love the signs! The mammoth pumpkins are great and he even has white ones :-).
Hubby is not so fond of Halloween decoration, especially when it comes to bones and skelletons. So this year I've put up only a bit in my studio. No pumpkin though - I couldn't find a white one.

It's me said...

Great farm.....great pumpkins....a lot !! pumpkin party....we live in Holland.....we do'nt do that here Halloween...........sorry !! happy weekend....enjoy !!! love Ria...

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

How come I never went here? What an awesome place...those pumpkins are amazing ....your photos are stunning!!
Happy Halloween! Have fun!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Hi Carole,
Well, Strawberry Hollow Farm looks wonderful.....nothing like it around here !! We don't really celebrate Hallowe'en like you do, although, it gets bigger and bigger every year. As you know, we celebrate Guy Fawkes night instesd.
I love all of the pumpkins and I really love the smaller ones, although what a feat to produce those mammouth ones !! I was telling my artist friend yesterday, all about the scarecrows. She has been to something similar over here. We went to the Willian Morris museum yesterday, which is quite near to where I live, but a little nearer London...... my battery ran out on my camera while I was there so, I don't know if I've got enough to post on it !!.....I'm so disorganised !!!!
Have a brilliant party and enjoy the Hallowe'en festivities. XXXX

Anonymous said...

Your postcard-perfect photographs are a wonderful complement to this beautiful farm, Carole! I love it all - and can really relate the the woodstove keeping things warm. We open our windows while ours chugs along - the perfect combination of warmth & clean, fresh air!
Wishing you a very happy weekend!
~ Zuzu

MJ Ornaments said...

OK, I think that sign is hilarious. I love everything about that farm, and look forward to seeing the Christmas decor too! Happy Halloween Carole! ~Martha said...

All of those photos could be postcards. What a great place to get into the spirit of Autumn. Have fun at your party. We have already gone to one. They always have a haunted trail so it was really fun:)
~Debra XXX
Capers if the vintage vixens

mary pernula said...

How darn cute is this place. I would love to have that out building on my property. I did not grow any pumpkins this year, we really did not have a warm spring......there is always next year. I have my pumpkins all ready for Sunday.

A New England Life said...

Hi Carole! Awesome pictures!!! What a great farm and I love the signs. I've seen the first one before but not the second, hee hee . . .

The squirrels sure can be rascals, eating everything in sight. They don't usually bother our pumpkins until after they've been outside a while.

I do miss those green leaves *sigh*

sandra said...

What a wonderful place to visit! Looks like its out of a magazine...Happy Halloween to you!

June said...

Carole the photos you took of this place are gorgeous! I'm still laughing over the 'Grow,Damn It' sign. I have a couple of friends that would love it. They really can't grow anything. Even have trouble getting their weeds to grow for them. LOL! I have the other sign and have never hung it. I love it and was always going to hang it on our little forty acres. Never had the nerve to do it yet, since Dale's a cop. I'm waiting for him to retire and then it's going up!
I loved your previous post on The Village. Everything in your state is gorgeous. Especially now with all the amazing colors.
Have fun at the party.
hugs to you...

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...


They would make a beautiful slideshow on my computer ~ perfect for the fall!

oldgreymare said...

Swooning over the CInderella pumpkins and your grower has enough sense to leave the stems on. Here they wack all the the stems off ARGH!

The photos are so fairy tale too, your wagon wheel postcard perfect.

Happy Halloween and say BOO to George for me.. : D



Nice and Easy Antiques said...

I enjoyed all your pumpkin pictures today, wonderful! Thank you for sharing them with us and Happy Halloween!!!

Tanya said...

Oh, I LOVE this blog - your pictures are always so "picture postcard perfect". Yeah - we may live in the desert, but I can live, vicariously, through you...BEAUTIFUL. And Z's right - they whack ALL the stems off...right down to the top of the pumpkin. I would love to find one with that kind of a stem on it! Happy Halloween -

Renée Finberg said...

i love this post and i wish i were there.

every time you do one of your posts....
i am reminded that i belong up there
and not down here.

xxx happy halloween

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

What a wonderful post and love the look of Strawberry Hollow Farm and all your neat photos.
The different colours of the pumpkins are fabulous and love the signs. I can see why people would want to go and visit and thanks for showing us.
Have fun at the party!


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Carole
Beautiful beautiful images and wonderful mystery you've created with the treatments...This place is simply lovely.. so wish I could visit.. and Love the Grow Damn it!! I think I need that!!

Well I think my favourite shot is the one under the wagon wheel.. and by the way have I ever told you about my childhood reoccurring dream? It involved a wagon wheel and bagpipes!! yes!! that's different.. hahaha

Ok.. thanks for taking us along on your little trip!! Hope you had/have a wonderful Halloween... ciao xxx Julie

the old white house said...

I love that pic of the pumpkins ringing the corn stalks, so pretty. But the signs are really too funny and I would have been taking pics of them too! Theresa xoxo

Brenda Pruitt said...

All of these photos are positively drool-worthy!

Linda said...

What a glorious pumpkin patch! I was looking for such a patch . . . but didn't find one here. I remember one I took my son to years ago. To get to it we had to ride a rail car. It was the farmer's hobby. Thanks for sharing in the delight with us!

Heaven's Walk said...

Wow - what does he feed his pumpkins, anyway??? They're so absolutely perfect!! Love the blue/gray ones,too, Carole! That place looks like a wonderful way to enjoy a crisp fall day - especially surrounded by all those glorious potted mums!! :)

xoxo laurie

Anonymous said...

Carole, what a lovely place to go for the holidays! I love their displays... really beautiful. I can imagine how gorgeous it must be for the Christmas holiday... sigh... :)
xo ~ Jo

Lana Manis said...

Looks like a fun place to visit!
I rather like the sign! ;)

Vicki Boster said...

I could spend an entire day here and take about a thousand photos - how did you ever choose which ones to post on the blog! Beautiful everywhere - an amazing post. Bravo!