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Black Friday Sale 2020

Black Friday Sale and Information We are less than two weeks away from our Black Friday Sale in our retail store and I wanted to go over a few things with you, so you know what to expect when you come on November 27th. Our main goal since we have opened in May is to […]

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Thankful for November

November is the month when a lot of us think about all the things we are thankful for in our lives. Here at Meadowbrooke, we are thankful that we are open for business, we were able to bring all of employees back from the shut down, we are busy crafting gourds and that we have […]

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Fall in October

We are officially in the Fall season and have lots packed in the month of October! Fall Sale We kick off October with our Annual Fall Sale from October 10th to October 17th. Enjoy 25% off all regular Fall Meadowbrooke Gourds in our retail store during this time. Some of our other Fall home décor […]

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Sunflowers for Seniors

Meadowbrooke Gourds has been crafting smiles for over 25 years. This year, we would like to have you help us spread smiles to people in your community. We have chosen to see if we can get our sunflowers in 250 nursing or retirement homes all across Pennsylvania and we have called this project, Sunflowers for […]

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Sunflower Festival 2020

Our annual Sunflower Festival will take place this year on September 26th and 27th. This Festival has become a tradition for many families and although it will look a little different this year, we are happy to let you know it is happening and has even grown. Sunflower Information Sunflowers! This season is what everyone […]

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Farm Happenings

Sunflowers! Over the last few weeks, this is the topic I get asked about more than anything else. Are your sunflower fields blooming? The answer is not yet, we have planted about 50 acres of sunflowers over the last few weeks and the first fields should be in bloom around the second week of September. […]

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July on the Farm

We have been reopened for a month and lots of planning has happened in that short amount of time. I have ordered and received some new lines in our retail store, planned the new look of the Summer Celebration and have started talks about how we can start holding classes again. This will help to […]

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Behind The Scenes

Back to Work

I have now been back in the store for one week and two days and I cannot explain how excited that makes me. My store is one of my happy places and I have missed it and all my customers. I am amazed at how many regulars I have seen in this short amount of […]

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Behind The Scenes

Staying Home during Covid-19

No matter where you are, these words have become quite common to everyone~ Shut down, stay at home, wear a mask and of course Coved-19! So far, we have been shut down for a little over a month and looks like we have a few more weeks to go. If you are anything like me […]

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Behind The Scenes

Life on the gourd farm in challenging times

Like all of you, we find the recent times challenging. Challenging to even know what is really going on, and even more challenging to know what’s coming. At this time everyone in our circle is healthy and doing well, and we are very grateful for that.   Meadowbrooke Gourds is a small company that has […]

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Farm Events

Feeling Like Spring

Spring is in the air at Meadowbrooke. All the winter decorations have come down and were replaced with Spring flowers, pastel colors, Spring décor and even new Spring scents. It still may be gray and dreary outside but when you open the door to the store, we are blooming with sunshine and warmth. Spring Create […]

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Meadowbrooke’s Egg Hunt 2020

All of us at Meadowbrooke feel incredibly fortunate to be part of a company that looks for ways to give back to the community around us. One of the ways we found that we could do this was during our Annual Egg Hunt. We started collecting one canned good from every person who signed up […]

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Behind The Scenes

New Additions to our Retail Store

So, for the last six weeks, I have been busy going to wholesale shows and looking for new and great product to carry in our retail store to go along with our handcrafted gourds. I wanted to let you in on some of the great decorations I’ve found and about some of the lines that […]

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Happenings in February

Hi everyone, I hope 2020 is going great so far! This month we have a few classes going on that still have a few openings and our Create Your Own starts next month. Reminder Our Spring Create Your Own is coming up March 21-22 & March 28 & 29. Registrations will be opening soon so […]

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Behind The Scenes

Shawn’s Mandu Dog

As many of you know by now, we lost a founding and very special member of our business family last year. Shawn Trostle passed away suddenly in March 2019 at the age of 46 from an enlarged heart. As a 13 year old boy, Shawn stood out easily among the seventy five or so high […]

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Meet Our Staff

Meet Our New Sales Manager

Meet Emily We are so excited to introduce you to our new wholesale manager, Emily Bear, who took over for Nathan beginning on January 1st. For those that frequently call in to talk to wholesale, Diane will still be there to answer questions and take orders. Emily grew up in Shippensburg, PA and graduated from […]

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Fun Facts

2020 at a Glance

Happy New Year’s Day and welcome to 2020! We are very excited about this year, in case you missed it, we are celebrating 25 Years of crafting smiles! We are already planning and preparing for the sales, events and workshops that we have done in the past but we have also been brainstorming about some […]

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December at Meadowbrooke Gourds

Wow! I can hardly believe this is my last blog of 2019 and in a few weeks we will be bringing in a new year. We are just finishing up our Winter Create Your Own weekends and gearing up for the next week of stocking the store and shipping out last minute orders. December Happenings […]

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Gourd Tips

How do I Change the Light Bulb in my Gourd?

“How do I change the light bulb in my gourd?” This is a question we seem to be getting more lately so I thought I would post our video again for help. Some are not sure where the light bulb is and some just have problems getting either the pinch plug or base out of […]

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Farm Events

November is Happening

The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler and there is so much coming up here on the farm. Not only is Thanksgiving only a few weeks away but the Christmas season will be right around the corner. It is never too early to start thinking about getting that perfect, unique gift for that […]

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Warehime’s Pumpkin Patch 2019

We just got finished with our Fall Create you Owns but that doesn’t mean Fall is over. It is actually just beginning. Right down the road from us is Warehime’s Pumpkin Patch and they are still in full swing selling pumpkins, corn stalks and helping people get lost (at least for a little bit) in […]

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October at Meadowbrooke

October!  Fall arrived officially on September 23rd but the weather in PA is still pretty warm most days.  Soon the days will be shorter, the leaves will turn crimson and orange and the temperature will begin to get cooler and cooler.  Anyone who knows me can tell you that this is my favorite time of […]

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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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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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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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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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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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