Opening day 2015

Pumpkin Season Approaching! 

We’re busy getting ready for fall. It’s been a challenging year with way too much rain in May and June.  All planting was delayed almost a month.  We did mud the seed in the ground, tractors are heavy, so mud is not our friend.  Most pumpkins take 90 days to grow and mature.  With more rain, the weeds got ahead of us.  Pumpkins and weeds aren’t friends.  More challenges.  Other pumpkin growers in the area are in the same boat.

wheelWe’ll open a week later this year, Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’re open seven days a week through Halloween, closing at 6p..

We’ll find pumpkins someplace and hopefully by Oct., ours will be ready.  Our U-Pick Gourd Patch is a favorite for customers, currently it looks bleak.
Come visit us for pumpkins, mums, winter squash, bittersweet, corn stalks, straw, Indian corn and Grandma Ding’s fudge! We’ll also have tomatoes, summer squash and cucumbers!

We love having pre-schools and other groups visit! Contact us for details — just $2 a student and everyone gets a pumpkin to take home with them.  816-858-5758 to reserve a date.

See you soon.

Bill and Kathy Wright

Pumpkins Etc. 2014

We are open daily, 10-6p, It’s been a challenging year growing pumpkins, as they were planted late due to June rain. So we are supplementing with pumpkins from other fields. We have lots of cooking pumpkins, decorate awhile, then EAT, also numerous squash, gourds, stalks, straw, and Grandma Ding’s Fudge. The regular flavors, plus Pumpkin Pie and Caramel Apple pie. Mazes are there, picnic area, free admission, come play and enjoy the country.

Seed Ordering

Numerous seed catalogues are spread out on the kitchen table, we’re  comparing prices, shipping costs etc. We need to order before they run out.  The mum order is finished and needs to be completed in Jan. to get the early order discount.  We’re looking forward to 2013.

2011 Season Is Over

Weatherwise, this was the mildest year ever, only a few cood days, no mud. Our combining is also finished.  Barn cleaning is almost complete, then preparations for next year.

It’s always fun to see our customers that come year after year. New people found us too and assured us they will be back.  They liked our relaxed atmosphere.

You can find us at Kansas City Rivermarket on Sat., Nov. 5th.   Our truck is loaded with winter squash, cooking pumpkins, gourds, Bittersweet, Indian Corn and large dried gourds for crafting.

Grandma Ding is making fudge today for market on Sat., Pumpkin Pie Fudge with pecans,  Caramel Apple Pie Fudge, plus the regulars, chocolate pecan, Black Walnut Peanut Butter/Choc and many more.

Thanks to all that came to see us,  see you next year.

Bill and Kathy (Grandma Ding) Wright

Hallowe’en approaches!

It’s hard to believe, but Hallowe’en is almost with us! This month and this season have zoomed by.

Now in the early mornings, the fields are hidden in mists. The cooler days have the kittens jumping around like crazed creatures, then cuddling up in patch of sunshine — hard to resist. In the afternoon, the light slants so dramatically through the trees with their brilliant colors. 

We have plenty of pumpkins, ready for your creative touch in carving or painting.

You’ll also find a grand selection and variety of gourds, in all shapes and sizes.

Plus loads and loads of Indian corn, sorghum, bittersweet and so many other decorative items.

We hope to see you soon!

Cooler Weather Has Arrived

From summer clothes to coats and gloves, the weather changes fast in Missoiuri.

Fall is in the air.  Leaves are falling and blowing, Black Walnuts are dropping.  A frost blanketed some areas this morning, no worry though, the pumpkins are just fine. There are still many pumpkins in our U-Pick patches. Our Mums are even more brilliant after a bit of frost.

Pumpkin Pie Fudge, Apple Pie Fudge, Black Walnut Fudge and other flavors are waiting for you at our barn.

Indian Summer Days!

It’s been such fun at the barn this season!

We have a few surprises in store for you. If you’re looking for autumn decorations or fun decor for your Halloween party, you can select from a wide variety of options here. Consider:

  • Full size stalks of sorghum
  • Bundles of Indian corn
  • A cornucopia of mini pumpkins and gourds
  • Bunches of vibrant bittersweet
  • Painted gourds and pumpkins

While you’re here, be sure to check out our supply of local honey and, of course, Grandma Ding’s fudge!

Kids have been having a great time here, running around the fields, playing in the maze and climbing on the hay bales. It’s great to see the little ones exploring and laughing in the fields, and picking out their favorite pumpkins.

One of my near-daily delights is seeing the little ones who invariably pick a pumpkin about half their own size!

Come visit! We’d love to see you here.

Glorious Harvest Days

Can you believe how beautiful our autumn days are?

I love the way the light slices through the trees in the early hours, sometimes diffused in the ground fog. The pumpkins and gourds like it too — we have such a healthy crop!

The U-pick gourds fields are just laden! It makes for fun harvesting. Small children especially enjoy the different shapes and colors. Gourds you pick off the vines are six for $1. And if you don’t want to pick your own, choose from the ones we’ve picked and washed, at three for $1.

While you’re here, you’ve GOT to see the bursting mums! Some are in full bloom, some are still budding. Watch for the Montauk Daisies — they are just starting to open and have  quite unusual foliage,  almost leather looking, very hardy.

We’re here everyday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with free admission. We hope to see you soon!

Kathy and Bill

Kathy and Bill Wright


Pumpkin Time!


Yes, it’s time to visit Pumpkins Etc!

We are enjoying the beautiful days of Indian Summer, and we’re filling our barn with all the wonderful decorations of the season.

It’s a perfect time to bring your family for a stroll in the tallgrass maze, to pick your own pumpkins and to be dazzled by the 42 varieties of bloomin’ mums. Your club or organization can sell mums as a fundraiser.

Kathy and Bill Wright

Admission is free.

We also welcome groups! It’s great fun for classes of schoolkids.

Come visit!