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September 29, 2013

Pisgah Pumpkin Patch has 35 varieties to pick from

TAZEWELL, Va. — Stewart Etter has a variety of exotic pumpkins unlike any other pumpkin patch in the area. In fact, exotic pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes can be found at the “Pisgah Pumpkin Patch.”  

Etter, 28, of Witten Valley in Tazewell, Va., a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in agriculture economics, started his pumpkin patch about three years ago. His dad raised pumpkins when he was younger, and he always liked them. “It is just something I enjoy doing,” Etter said.

Etter plants his pumpkins at the end of May and it takes anywhere between 90-120 days for the pumpkins to mature. He then has weekly maintenance fertilizing and weeding throughout the spring and summer until the pumpkins are ready to pick in the fall, Etter said.

He grows 35 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds. “The exotic pumpkins have been very popular, people enjoy seeing something different than the traditional pumpkins,” Etter said.

“I have the biggest and widest variety, with the most reasonable prices in the area,” Etter said.

Etter has plans to expand a little more next year and hopefully have a corn maze and other fall activities. He has also recently bought a greenhouse business, which was formerly Buchanan Greenhouse. Beginning this coming spring Etter will be selling flowers and vegetables.

Sarah Etter, who helps her brother run the pumpkin patch in her spare time said, “We invite everyone to come check out the different exotic pumpkins and we are excited for the rest of the fall season and seasons to come.”

The pumpkins patch is open Monday through Friday 4:30 to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m to 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The pumpkin patch is located across the street from the Historic Crab Orchard Museum at the Pisgah United Methodist Church. A percentage of all sales go to the Historic Crab Orchard Museum.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com k

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