Nothing says fall like bright orange pumpkins. This time of year, most houses are decorated with them in some way, whether they’re painted and stacked, carved into jack-o-lanterns, or used in centerpieces, pumpkins are all over. And people come from all over to get their pumpkins at Brawner’s Pumpkin Patch on the Union Camp Road in Lafayette. Polly Brawner, who owns the pumpkin patch with her husband Dennis, says they frequently have customers from Smith, Sumner, and Jackson counties, in addition to local Macon Countians.
The Brawners say they’ve been growing pumpkins for around twenty years. They began when their granddaughter was born. “She was born on the first day of January, and we had just a small patch that year,” Polly said. She added that Dennis would carry their granddaughter out to the patch to watch it grow. “Every year it seemed like he would plant more and more and more,” until they ended up with a patch big enough to sell. They now have around four acres of pumpkins.
They also have about a dozen different varieties ranging in size and color. The largest pumpkins they offer sell for around $12 to $15, the country pumpkins and Cinderellas range from $1 to $6, and the typical jack-o-lantern style will cost $3, though they say they don’t have very many of that style this year, and they sell fast. The smallest pumpkins the Brawners grow are roughly palm sized. “We try to have enough to give all the little kids that come one,” Polly says. They can also be purchased, two for $1.
In addition to pumpkins, the Brawners also sell straw and tomatoes. The tomatoes are $3 for a gallon bucket and are available in both green and red.
The Brawners say they hope to continue the pumpkin patch for as long as they can. “This is our way of farming and he’ll always want to farm,” Polly smiles. She adds, “We enjoy having the kids out.”
The Brawner Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week from 8 A.M. until 6 P.M. and will remain open until Halloween.
Reach Kayla Fleming at 615-666-2440.