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Sunflower Advice

Sunflower season has begun at Meadowbrooke Gourds and unless we get an early frost, we should have them well into October.  I thought I would do some research to find out how others have tried to help keep their sunflowers last longer once they’ve been cut.  Here are some very interesting things to try. Cutting […]

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Farm Events

September at Meadowbrooke

September is the beginning of our busy time here at Meadowbrooke Gourds. We have lots of fun and exciting things going on at the farm. Sunflower Season Our sunflower season will begin on September 3rd.  This will be the first day of FREE sunflower picking.  Stop in our retail store to find which sunflower fields […]

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Fun Facts

What Other Places are Near Meadowbrooke to Visit?

One frequently asked question I get in the retail store is what else is there to see near Meadowbrooke Gourds.  Well, I never really knew exactly what was around us to visit so I decided to find out.  I looked online, googled a lot and made a list of bookstores, wineries, antique stores, produce stands […]

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Farm Events

Looking Like Fall

Sunflowers Sunflowers!  I know everyone wants to know when the sunflowers are going to be blooming and I base this on the many calls, emails and people stopping into the store already. We started planting our sunflowers a few weeks ago and they should begin showing their little yellow faces in mid-September.  Our gourd crop […]

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Farm Events

Another Summer Celebration in the Books – 2019

We would like to give a great big shout out to everyone who attended our Summer Celebration last Saturday.  It was wonderful to see everyone coming together and enjoying the evening . This year was our biggest Celebration yet, with more people, more food trucks and a summer night (even though a little warm) with […]

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Farm Events

Summer Celebration Vendors 2019

As I am typing this, the Summer Celebration which is being held on July 13th starting at 5:00 is 29 days, 2 hours, 5 minutes and 32, 31, 30 seconds away. For those of you that don’t already know, this is my favorite day of the year at Meadowbrooke! It is an evening that has […]

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The Farm

Summer Starts on the Farm

June, the official start of summer. School is almost out, the weather is getting warmer, and vacations are starting to get planned. Here on the farm, June means time to plant our gourds. This past week, we actually got the first ones in the ground. This year we are planting approximately 25 acres of gourds […]

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Meet Our Staff

Meet Amber!

I’d like to introduce to you the newest member of our production team, Amber. She spends her time in our finishing room tying bows, sponging gourds, gluing on heads and making sure our gourds look their best before they head to quality control and on to their new homes. Amber was born in Carlisle, PA […]

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Fun Facts

May at Meadowbrooke

It is definitely starting to feel and look like Spring here on the farm. Flowers are starting to blossom, grass is getting green and the trees are budding with lots of new leaves. The farm is getting ready for the new growing season. Last year’s gourds have all been harvested and our farm crew is […]

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In House

Remembering Shawn Trostle

Our Meadowbrooke family is saddened to report the passing of one of our own Shawn Trostle. Shawn had been working for Ben (Meadowbrooke’s owner) for over 30 years starting at the age of 13 and was one of our founding members of Meadowbrooke Gourds. Many of you will know him for all the many “hats” […]

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All About Gourds

April at Meadowbrooke

Well, we thought spring was coming. Saturday really felt like spring hitting temperatures in the 70s only to be slammed on Sunday with plummeting temperatures and a fierce wind that howled through the store. A few times this weekend, the front door slammed so hard from the wind, I truly thought the glass was going […]

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Fun Facts

Spring is Coming!

March is all about getting ready for Spring here on the farm. The last of the winter decorations are coming down in the store and we are getting ready for all the Spring events that begin at the end of March starting with our Spring Create Your Own. March is also a great time to […]

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Fun Facts

Meadowbrooke’s Designing Duo

When people come into the store or even at the wholesale shows I was currently at, customers are always surprised that we have come up with even more and different designs than the year before. The questions is always “Who comes up with all your ideas”? Although the ideas can come from anyone within or […]

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Behind The Scenes

February at Meadowbrooke 2019

February, for PA, is the middle of winter. We are currently experiencing the Polar Vortex with windchills well in the negatives which seems to have gripped the entire country. I don’t know about the rest of you, but the holiday decorations I hung outside the store are still hanging and will remain there until the […]

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Behind The Scenes

Welcome to a New Year!

2019!! Welcome to a new year. January for me means catching my breath after a very busy Fall and Winter season. The holidays are over, and my store desperately needs some organization. The first few days, I dusted EVERYTHING and moved gourds around to fill in empty spots to make room for all the new […]

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In House

December at Meadowbrooke

It’s December! The holiday season will be upon us before we know it and there is so much going on between now and the end of the year at Meadowbrooke. We start the month out with our Winter Create Your Own. It takes place on the first and second weekend. Most of the weekend dates […]

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All About Gourds

Hostess Gift Ideas

A very important part of the upcoming holiday season is to gather with our family and friends to celebrate and reflect on the milestones of the last year. Almost 50% of people will be invited to someone else’s house to share a meal, visit and get caught up on all that is happening in each […]

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Behind The Scenes

Fun Filled November

October was packed full of two weekends of Fall Create Your Own, our first ever Sunflower Festival, 15 day Best Kept Secret Tour where we got to meet lots of new friends, the Fall sale and the gourd plant tours which just came to an end. Here we are now starting November and it is […]

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Fun Facts

Well we had our First Ever Sunflower Festival. My First Thoughts….

Well, we just had our first ever Sunflower Festival. First, I want to thank our customers who were so wonderfully respectful of our farm. Many happy sunflower harvesters went out of their way to thank me and our team for being so generous. It was a lot of fun to see how much everyone enjoyed […]

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Fun Facts

So What has that Crazy Gourd Farmer Come up with Now?

So what has that crazy gourd farmer thought of now? If you can guess you must be clairvoyant because even he has no idea what will catch his attention next. Think millions of sunflowers and thousands of monarch butterflies. Then think the coolest wagon shaped like an old-time trolley pulled by a brand-new John Deere […]

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Fun Facts

Best Kept Secret Tour

Secrets? Mystery? Sales? Coupons? Adventure? All these words describe the Best Kept Secret Tour in Cumberland County and we are happy to announce we are a stop on the tour this Fall. So, what exactly is this Best Kept Secret Tour? Well, let’s start with what do a chocolate shop, a jewelry designer, a gourd […]

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Meet Our Staff

Travis Tennant

I met Travis Tennant almost a year ago. He was helping to price oops gourds for our big Fall Oops Sale. He was quiet, worked quickly and had a very nice smile. Who would have thought that a year later, he would be working full-time at Meadowbrooke Gourds. He was born in Morgantown, WV and […]

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Behind The Scenes

September and Sunflowers

Lots of things are happening at Meadowbrooke Gourds. September is a time of transition. For the store, things are switching to Fall decorations including burnt orange pumpkins, scarecrows, ghostly ghosts and lots of happy witches. I have most of the store’s decorations for Fall on display including our great new Fall gourds. Although, here in […]

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Meet Our Staff

Mara and Lauren our Store Clerks

If you have ever been to the store at one of our Create Your Owns or just to shop in the store, more than likely you have met Mara and Lauren. These two ladies have been working regularly in our retail store for a little over a year. Mara will be a senior this year […]

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In House

August at Meadowbrooke

August is a time of small transitions here at the store. I start getting the feeling that I’m done with the hot weather, the Summer Celebration is over and school will soon be starting. I know I will hear about this from the people that love this hot and humid weather but that’s ok, I’ve […]

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Behind The Scenes

Life’s Milestones

This is my view this week as I sit at the beach with my family. This beach time gives me time to reflect on life. Milestones I think you could say. For the younger folks, your milestones would be getting your driver’s license, graduating from high school and then maybe college. For some, it may […]

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Behind The Scenes

A Thank You To Our Military

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July and was able to spend at least some of it with friends and family. I didn’t get to spend the holiday with my entire family, but I was able to go on vacation with them a few weeks before. My immediate and extended family were in […]

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Behind The Scenes

Meadowbrooke in June

June, the month that goes hand in hand with summer. Warm weather, vacations, days spent by the pool or creek, picnics in the park, and walks to the ice cream store. This also means the kids are out of school and maybe already bored and picking on their siblings or worse yet, friends. I know […]

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Gourd Tips

Birdhouse Tips for Nesting Birds

Some believe that it is too late to hang your birdhouses out because Spring is almost over, and Summer is coming but we disagree. I will agree that Spring is the most prevalent time for birds to build their first nest but there are many birds that will lay eggs several times during a nesting […]

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Meet Our Staff

Luke Paris

I would like to introduce you to our newest member of the Meadowbrooke Gourds team, Luke Paris. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA and is the youngest of the Paris children. He has an older sister, Karli, and brother, Jake. He lived there until around the 6th grade and then moved to central PA when his […]

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