One of our favorite things to do once the fall weather comes is to go to the pumpkin patch. Most areas have these, even though I never gave it a second thought before having children. Ours has a corn maze, a cow train, bouncy houses and of course a pumpkin patch. (Last year my daughter refused to get one if it had dirt on it. Needless to say, she did not end up taking one home.) Long before October arrived my husband and I had been talking about getting season passes to our local one.
The girls love it, they have an absolute blast. It really is a testament to how much they have grown, because my “baby” who is now two does the big slide by herself! Wow. It’s great to see them play and explore on the farm. As the season draws to a close, my mind had already begun to think about how much fun “next year” would be. That is, until I had a talk with the owner.
Ms. Kathy owns Dreamfield Farms and she happened to catch my eye when I was looking for someone to snap a few family shots. She willingly agreed to take them, even though I was asking her to step away from her busy store and walk down to the sunflower fields with me, which were a few yards away. She took the photos for us and as we got to talking she told me that they have been working for free for the past five years, meaning that after the staff was paid and their costs covered there was no profit. Due to this, they are considering not opening next year.
I really hope this doesn’t happen. Too often great operations like this one are forced to close their doors because enough people don’t support them.