Despite it being one of the most challenging seasons for growing pumpkins, Jeff and Rhonda Stoltzfus of Glen Run Valley View Farm in Atglen have a vibrant display for sale, writes Philip Gruber for Lancaster Farming.
The farm is known for the pumpkins it grows in a variety of colors, as well its agritainment options, which include a pick-your-own patch and several pumpkin-themed children’s activities.
The couple, however, did not originally plan to start offering agritainment.
Jeff Stoltzfus started planting pumpkins about 20 years ago as an experiment, while he was working for a local school district as an adult educator. He and Rhonda did not intend to keep growing the crop, but began to reconsider when people saw their pumpkins in the field and asked if they were for sale.
Today, the Stoltzfuses grow around 30 varieties of pumpkins, with orange still the most popular color. However the red, white, and yellow varieties are also growing in popularity each year.
The two mix together seeds in the planter, so “it’s a little like Christmas when we go out there to see what we find,” said Jeff.
Read more about Glen Run Valley View Farm in Lancaster Farming here.