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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Meadowbrooke’s Punta Cana Vacation 2018

​When we left a few weekends ago heading to Punta Cana, theDominican Republic for our company trip, we had no idea that we would be landing in paradise a few hours later. There were 23 of us that went on the trip and we all made it back a little tanner (some a little burnt) […]

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Our Adorable New Tiny Gourds

​As most of you know, Meadowbrooke is never content so we are always looking for the newest design and always listening to our customer’s ideas. So, our team of about twenty-some people has decided to start something completely new and completely challenging. We have decided to handcraft the teeniest, tiniest gourds we have ever done. […]

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Succulent Gourds

​I know it is kinda deep, but have you ever asked yourself where a new idea comes from? Something you have never thought before and you can’t explain why it suddenly popped into your brain. Maybe you thought it before and dismissed it as unworkable. For whatever reason, you find yourself suddenly excited by the […]

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Can’t Wait for Spring

I absolutely love the seasons in Pennsylvania. I am one of those strange people that loves the fall season when it gets dark at 5:00 p.m. and I can go home, light some candles, get in my pajamas and relax for the evening. With that being said, I have to tell you that I am […]

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The New and Improved Store

There have been so many exciting things happening in our little corner of the world. It began a little over a year ago when we decided that we needed more room for our shipping area, gourd storage, and our retail store. So, we began to make a plan about making some of these changes and […]

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Our Front Porch

I was recently looking through some magazines for some unique and interesting quotes. My daughter loves quotes and has them hung all around her room. She turns 18 later this week and thought I would find something special. I found one that simply said “Welcome to Our Porch”. It was just a standard white wood […]

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A Day in the Life of Izzy

Hi, I’m Izzy, a Mini Golden Doodle and this is a story about my typical day living on the farm at Meadowbrooke Gourds. I spend my days with my Mom, Ashley. It is 5:30 am and my mom’s alarm goes off. She turns the lights on and says “good morning”. I put my paws over […]

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The Traveling Salesman

Not often do I get the opportunity to visit the stores that carry Meadowbrooke Gourds. Most of my interactions with our stores are over the phone where orders are placed and stories are told about how well last year’s gourds sold for our many vendors. When I do get to meet a customer face to […]

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Our 2016 Meadowbrooke Calendars

About two years ago, many of you may remember getting a Meadowbrooke calendar in the mail. I worked with Emily at Pixel and Hammer in Carlisle to create a very nice calendar showcasing pictures of our gourds from our catalog. I heard back from a few of you saying how nice the calendar was but […]

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Meadowbrooke’s 2015 Staycation!

Last year, I wrote a blog on our exciting company trip to Key West. Well, this year some of the most asked questions are “where did you go on your trip? what did you do? and why didn’t we hear anything about it?”. For those that are new to our company, each year we shut […]

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Introducing Our Washing Captain Candace

It’s time to introduce one of the lovely ladies that work in the production team here at Meadowbrooke. The newly crowned captain of the washing department, Candace “Hank” Varner, began her career at Meadowbrooke Gourds many years ago, fifteen to be exact, working on the farm crew. Happenstance gave her the connection to Ben Bear […]

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Crafting your own Gourd with Us

Well, here we go again, breaking something that is working well and bringing smiles to many of our customers. Why would we do this? It’s simple; really, we can do even better if we rebuild it from the bottom up. So what is the big problem? Our Create Your Own Events are full, customers are […]

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Wednesday’s Company Meeting

Every Wednesday morning we have a company meeting where everyone from all over the company gets together to talk about what happened during the last week and where we are as a company. Josh’s mom cooks us breakfast and we all sit down and eat some delicious food while we are having our meeting. One […]

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Our Wholesale Sales

​Most people do not realize that the largest part of our business is wholesale sales, or perhaps better put, selling gourds to other stores all around the country. You can find our gourds in every state except for Hawaii. We even have a store locator set up on our website for you to search for […]

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A Season for Rest and Thanks

This time of the year on the farm is a very peaceful time. The gourds are all grown, cut from their vine and lying in the field in long rows slowly drying. There isn’t much to do on the farm except cut a little firewood to keep our home cozy and warm. All that can […]

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All About Gourds

Choosing new designs

Making the decision on what products to carry for the next year can be a daunting task. Every year this is a huge undertaking that some of us here at Meadowbrooke Gourds go through. It is a task we do not take lightly but we always have fun picking and choosing from some very interesting […]

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Thanksgiving; a time to reflect

It is almost Thanksgiving and it is at this time of the year I like to sit back and reflect over the last year. It is the time to remember all the things I am thankful for and all the people that have come into my life and some that have left. Here at Meadowbrooke […]

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Special Events at Our Gourd Farm

Each year we host several different events at our farm in Carlisle, PA. We actually have many customers request the dates of our events so they can “save the date” for a special outing to Meadowbrooke. Long before each event much thought, time and effort is put into every aspect. While you may see some […]

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Frost on the Gourd Fields

A long wet summer has passed and our first frost of the fall is almost here. All summer the gourds have grown under a thick layer of vines and leaves. When I look out over a field of gourd plants I see very few gourds. It’s very hard to know how good of a crop […]

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The Meadowbrooke Crew and their Furry Companions

Each morning my husband, Ben, gets ready for work. Our dog, Lucy, watches him intently because she is not going to let him leave without her. She keeps close to his heels and carefully nudges her wet nose against his calf to let him know she’s right there. Ben and Lucy have the luxury of […]

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Meet Nanny Eckman

I would like to introduce you to Verna Eckman, AKA Nanny Eckman, tag maker extraordinaire. She is wife of one, mother of four girls, Donna, Diane, Denise, and myself, Nanny to nine and great-Nanny to one. Nanny has been helping and giving her input to our company before we were Meadowbrooke Gourds and this was […]

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