The pumpkin theme is everywhere at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown Maryland. It has thousands of pumpkins, including a pumpkin patch where people can pick their own pumpkin. There are also other things to do like, riding a pony, lunging down a slide or walking around a corn maze with its confusing winding pathways.Every year there’s always one or two people that will call our farm market, our office and say they’re lost in the corn maze and they can’t get out. A hayride takes visitors to a large pumpkin patch.Some children discover the big orange fruits way more than they think. Tristan Piazza plans to carve his pumpkin for Halloween. I’m going to make the scariest face in the whole neighborhood.The Butler family owns the one hundred and twenty hectare farm.
Visitors in season can pick their own fruits, vegetables and flowers.Butler’s Orchard opened more than sixty years ago, as one of the first pick your own farms in the area. Eighty nine-year-old Shirley Butler and her late husband came up with the idea. And I’d like to go out and on the farmers which I do a lot and see the beautiful pumpkins in the field. I have people coming out of the field and thanking me forward. So it makes a fun time for everybody.
Ken Marriam brought his children. He says Butler’s orchard brings back good memories of growing up on a farm in Honduras.It’s a little bit of what I used to have as a kid, so that’s why I think it’s nice to bring him over here. Get him out of the city. Shirley Butler’s grandchildren who are in their 30s are now the third generation to run the farm.General manager Tyler Butler says children who usually only see pumpkins in grocery stores can learn how pumpkins are grown and tell Tyler.
I didn’t know pumpkins came from a vine.There’s flowers on this vine. There’s roots.These little girls are learning about pumpkins during their first trip to a pumpkin patch.To feel the nature and the fruits.For Tristan Piazza’s mother, The Fall Festival is an annual event. My parents have always brought me. I bring my kid now.I hope he stays in the area and he can bring his kids. Since family funds are hard to keep afloat these days, Tyler Butler appreciates the tens of thousands of visitors who come to the Fall Festival each year.
Deborah Block VOA news Germantown Maryland.